COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  September 24, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Nigerien Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 1,193 cases of COVID-19 in Niger, including 69 deaths.
  • Niger declared a national state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 27.  The measure was extended for another three months starting July 12.
  • Restaurants, markets, stores, and all public schools 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Commercial international flights into Niger’s international airports resumed on August 1, 2020.
  • 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 should present a negative COVID-19 test certificate that is dated within the previous 72 hours.
  • Land borders have been closed since March 19, except for merchandise and passengers with special permission. 
  • 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.
  • For flights departing Niger’s international airports, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of their flight.

 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
    • All travelers entering Niger from countries suffering from the COVID-19 must self-quarantine in their homes or in another adequate location for a period of 14 days.

 COVID-19 Testing:

  • A rapid COVID-19 test and a nasal swab may be taken from passengers upon arrival and passengers will be encouraged to self-quarantine at a precise address.  Niger will fine airlines for boarding passengers who do not have a valid certificate of a negative test result taken within the previous 72 hours.    All people testing positive for COVID-19 at the airports will be led automatically to a governmental quarantine site.  Foreign nationals who refuse a COVID-19 test at the airport will be denied entry into Niger and turned back to the airlines.  Nigerien nationals who refuse a test at the airport will have their passports seized by the Nigerien police.
  • The Center for Medical Research and Health (CERMES) started conducting tests on Saturday, August 1, 2020. It takes about 24 to 48 hours for results to be issued.  You can call between 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to make an appointment.  The contact information is listed below.  Once a certificate of the test result is issued, it will be valid for 72 hours.

Location: Google Maps  
Centre de Recherches Médicales et Sanitaires
BP 10887 – Niamey YN034 Niger
Phone: 20752040 / 20752045 / 88526448 / 80090111

Cost

Rapid Test: 7,500 FCFA
PCR Test: 30,000 FCFA

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.

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