COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   [06/10/2022]

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Niger has a Travel Advisory of Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
  • As of July 15, 2022 there have been 9,096 infections and 311 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Niger since the pandemic began.
  • Niger is no more currently under a national health state of emergency due to the COVID-19.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are either PCR or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Niger? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • COVID-19 PCR tests are conducted at the Center for Medical Research and Health (CERMES) located here.   Appointments can be made by phone between 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the following numbers: 2075 2040, 2075 2045, 8852 6448, or 8009 0111.
  • The test costs 25,000 FCFA and a certificate of test results are ready for pick-up from the same location within 24 hours of testing. Children under five are exempt from payment for PCR testing for the purpose of travel.  The COVID-19 antigen test required at land border crossings costs 5,000 FCFA.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Niger approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Niger for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes 
  • Which vaccines are available in Niger?

The Government of Niger has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are available in all eight of Niger’s regions. Four vaccines are currently available though not always at the same site: Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer. Johnson and Johnson requires one dose, all others require two doses. Vaccinations are available for all individuals 18 years or older.

  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?

Vaccinated Passengers: Test is not required for passengers who hold proof that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 28 days prior to travel.

Unvaccinated Passengers: Passengers must hold a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival. The required validity of the test is 5 days for passengers travelling from a country in West African Economic and Monetary Union (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo).

  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Passengers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival.

Current Government of Niger guidance on COVID-19 can be found here.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

    As of March 17, 2022, quarantine is no longer required for passengers entering Niger with a negative PCR test.  The PCR test must be less than five (5) days if the traveler is coming from a  UEMOA member country (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo).  The PCR test must be less than 72 hours if the traveler is coming from any other country, including the United States.  The Traveler must also be fully vaccinated, the last dose or single dose vaccine must have been taken at least four (4) weeks prior to arrival in Niger.

    The measures relating to self-isolation for seven (7) days remain in force for any traveler entering Niger who does not present a negative PCR test dated less than five (5) days if coming from UEMOA member countries, and less than 72 hours for other countries.  The same requirement applies to travelers who are not fully vaccinated, the last dose or single dose vaccine was not taken at least four (4) prior to arrival in Niger. The traveler must undergo a free antigen test for COVID-19 on the 7th day at a site approved by the Nigerien Ministry of Public Health.

    More information could be found here (French): https://www.presidence.ne/conseils-des-ministres/2022/3/17/communique-du-conseil-des-ministres-du-jeudi-17-mars-2022

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Taxis are available in Niamey, but most are in poor condition and do not meet basic U.S. road safety standards. Face masks are required.

Consular Operations

Nonimmigrant Visas

  • Interviews for routine B1/B2 visas (business/tourism) resumed on December 1, 2021 at U.S. Embassy Niamey.  Applicants can now schedule limited routine visa interviews via the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System.
  • If someone has an emergency and need to travel immediately, please send an email to the Consular team at ConsulateNiamey@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

Immigrant Visas

  • The Consular Section is processing immigrant visas in all categories, including Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and Diversity Visas (DVs).  Information on how to apply for immigrant visas could be found here.

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