COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 03/21/2022

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.

*** Effective January 1, 2022, the government of Niger has announced a mandatory QR code requirement to confirm travelers’ COVID PCR status. The details of implementation are not yet fully known. Additional information is listed below under Entry and Exit Requirements.” Please visit: https://trustedtravel.panabios.org

Country-Specific Information

  • Niger has a Travel Advisory of Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
  • As of March 13, Niger has reported 8,781 confirmed cases to date.  Niger has registered 308 deaths and has 9 active cases with 1 hospitalization.
  • 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 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? Yes (within 72 hours)
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • For flights departing Niger’s international airports, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of their departure.

Effective January 1, 2022

For travelers entering Niger, please visit https://trustedtravel.panabios.org, sign in or create an account, and upload your COVID test results to receive a QR code.

Travelers from countries where Trusted Travel (TT) is not available:

  • Travelers from countries where Trusted Travel (TT) services are not available can use the Global Haven portal through www.globalhaven.org or the Trusted Travel portal at https://trustedtravel.globalhaven.org to generate a traveler code.
  • After accessing the site, the passenger must create an account and follow the online process to download test results from an accredited laboratory in the country of departure and will then be issued a travel code.
  • The passenger then downloads the travel code (TT) certificate and presents it at the airport for verification by airlines and port health authorities.

Note 1: All passengers arriving or transiting through Niger must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test dating less than 72 hours.

Note 2: PCR test results of all these passengers can be submitted to the African Union (Trusted Travel System supported by AU or Global Haven supported by UNDP) at least 3 hours before check-in from the country of departure.

  • 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? 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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