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Travel Advisory: Nigeria – Level 3 (Reconsider travel)

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Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, and piracy.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape, is common throughout the country.

Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Nigeria. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory and other urban areas. The northern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, and Yobe – and especially Borno – have experienced numerous acts of terrorism. 

Avoid travel to the Gulf of Guinea due to the threat of piracy.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens beyond Abuja and Lagos and their immediate surrounding areas, as U.S. government employees may be subject to constraints as security conditions warrant.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Nigeria:

  • Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Nigeria.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.