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Health Alert: Nigeria, Extension of Nationwide Curfew

Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria (May 22, 2020)   

Location:  Nigeria    

Event: Extension of Nationwide Curfew and Nigerian Public Holidays 


On May 18, 2020, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 approved the extension of the eased lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State, as well as continuing the nationwide curfew and interstate movement restrictions through June 01, 2020. The lockdown in Kano also remains until this dateAll airports remain closed except for approved emergency flights through June 04, 2020.  


Additionally, the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26, 2020 as public holidays in observance of Eid-el-Fitr. Please note, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate in Lagos will be closed in observance of these holidays. 


The U.S. Mission to Nigeria asks all U.S. citizens to continue to shelter in place and practice social distancing when movement is necessary. Please continue to follow all local prohibitions and requirements regarding religious gatherings and curfews.  


Evacuation flight registration  


The U.S. Mission continues to track requests for repatriation to ensure we have the latest information on the needs of U.S. citizens in Nigeria, however, please note the Embassy and Consulate General are unable to guarantee additional evacuation flights.   


To better track these requests, we released a new evacuation questionnaire on April 22, 2020.  If you have not yet complete the questionnaire, please CAREFULLY  and  ACCURATELY  complete the appropriate questionnaire below. EACH TRAVELER in your party must complete his/her own questionnaire in order to be included in our data.  You should complete the form only for the consular district where you are located.


If you have already completed the questionnaire, please do not submit another form or call to check on the status of a flightwe have received your information. If we have space for you on a future flight, you will be contacted by phone using the number you provided in the evacuation request questionnaire.   


Register for STEP  


We ask all those seeking to receive updates from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or Consulate General in Lagos to register for the Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.govTo receive updates about Nigeria, you must select Nigeria as your destination under the “Add a Trip/Residence” section.  


With no currently scheduled evacuation flights, U.S. Mission Nigeria will revert to weekly Mascot messages, with more frequent communication as COVID-19 developments arise.  


The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos have suspended routine consular services. We will make announcements when we are able to safely re-open and reschedule canceled appointments.   


Actions to Take 

·         Consult the  CDC website for the most up-to-date information.  

·         For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations 

·         Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.  

·         Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions. 

·         Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Nigeria. 

·         Visit the  Department of Homeland Security’s website  on the latest travel restrictions to the United States  


U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area

+234 (9) 461-4000 during business hours; after hours press zero (0) 



U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria 

2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island

+234 (1) 460-3400 during business hours and after hours 



State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444


Nigeria Country Information


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