COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  November 9, 2021

Update on U.S. travel policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination

A new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect on November 8, 2021.  The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. Please see additional information on this policy here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/update-on-us-travel-policy-requiring-covid-19-vaccination.html

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  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 November 8, Niger has reported 6,531 confirmed cases out of 175,302 tests.  Niger has registered 223 deaths and has 166 active cases with 40 hospitalizations.
  • Niger is currently under a national health state of emergency due to the COVID-19.
  • Restaurants, markets, and stores are open.  It is mandatory to wear a face mask or other objects that cover the mouth and nose in Niamey in public places, markets, and urban transport.
  • People must respect a distance of at least one meter between people in open spaces, restaurants, businesses, airports, and other public places.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Niger? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • COVID-19 PCR tests are conducted at the Center for Medical Research and Health (CERMES) located here.  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.  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.  The Government of Niger has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are available in all eight of Niger’s regions.  Two vaccines are currently available in Niger: the Sinopharm vaccine and the AstraZeneca vaccine.  Both vaccines require two doses and are available for individuals 18 years or older.   The Embassy advises U.S. citizens who are interested in receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine to act quickly so they have sufficient time to obtain their two doses before the initial stock of AstraZeneca vaccine expires in late July.
  • Information from the CDC regarding 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? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Travelers arriving at international airports will have their temperature taken and must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their arrival in Niger.  Travelers coming from UEMOA member countries could show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 5 (five) days of their arrival.
  • Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA) or West African Economic and Monetary Union members are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
  • For flights departing Niger’s international airports, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure.  Travelers going to UEMOA member countries could show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 5 (five) days of their departure from Niger.
  • For information on extension of certain Niger visas or residence permits, contact the Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST) and/or the Niger Embassy 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? Yes
    • Travelers who intend to stay in Niger for more than 14 days are required to provide a contact telephone number in Niger and are required to go into quarantine for a period of seven days at a precise address/home.  Government of Niger officials may visit each individual in quarantine to verify they are respecting quarantine regulations.  At the end of their quarantine period, travelers are asked to visit the COVID testing facility at the Center for Medical Research and Health (CERMES) located here for a COVID-19 test.  The test is given at no cost by the Nigerien Ministry of Public Health.

Transportation Options

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

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Niamey has resumed American Citizen Services – passport processingnotary servicesvoting assistance, and federal benefits assistance.  American citizens should see the corresponding pages on this website to make appointments for these services.
  • Nonimmigrant Visas
    • Interviews for routine B1/B2 visas (business/tourism) will resume on December 1, 2021 at U.S. Embassy Niamey.  Applicants can now schedule routine visa interviews via the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System.
    • We are currently processing nonimmigrant visa applications for diplomats (A), officials (G), students and exchange visitors (F, M, J), K-1 fiancé visas, and petition-based employment visa applicants (such as H1B, P, O).
    • 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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