In light of recent terrorist attacks in multiple countries, the U.S. Embassy in Niamey reminds U.S. citizens that extremist groups in the Sahel may seek to target foreigners. U.S. citizens should be alert to the possibility of kidnapping and take steps to mitigate their possibility of becoming a victim. The Embassy reiterates its standing guidance that U.S. citizens in Niger should exercise caution when frequenting public venues visited by large numbers of foreigners, such as grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and bars. U.S. citizens should also monitor local events, report suspicious activity to the local police, reduce exposure to other high-risk areas such as Nigerien government facilities, and vary times and routes of daily travel.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Niger.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Rue des Ambassades, Niamey, Niger, at +227-20-72-26-6, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +227-99-49-90-66.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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