Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration June 2, 2015

U.S. Embassy Niamey informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in Niamey, beginning at Round Point Sixieme and ending at the Place de la Concertation, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on June 2, 2015.  Civil society, political and special interest groups will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the government of Niger.

Please remember, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We also strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Niger enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings (including the Travel Warning for Niger), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Niger and the Travel Warning for Niger.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey is located on the Rue des Ambassades and is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Telephone number +227-20-72-26-61. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +227-99-49-90-66.