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Last verified: Saturday, 18. January 2020 at 07:22 AM

Nigeria Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Nigeria

Local Situation: 3.2 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Nigeria. We detected travel advisories from 9 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.1 / 5

Nigeria shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Nigeria), the Advisory Index is 3.1 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Niger (4.3), Chad (3.7), Cameroon with 2.5 and Benin with 2 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Nigeria

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Nigeria.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Nigeria from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.2 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in Nigeria (except the cities of Calabar, Abuja and Lagos), due to the threat from terrorism, kidnapping and violent crime.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/nigeria

Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Nigeria.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Exercise increased caution in the cities of Calabar, Abuja and Lagos due to the threat of terrorism and violent crime.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Nigeria.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: Do not travel to the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe. There is an ongoing significant threat from terrorism and a very high threat of kidnapping in these areas.  If you are in one of these areas you should consider departing as soon as it is safe to do so. Do not travel the delta states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Rivers (including Port Harcourt and Bonny Island) and the river areas of Cross River state in the south east of the country. The significant risk of kidnapping, armed attacks against foreign oil companies and expatriate workers, localised conflict and violent civil unrest present an extreme risk to safety in these areas. If you are in one of these areas you should consider departing as soon as it is safe to do so.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Nigeria: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/nigeriasicherheit/205788

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Nigeria.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/nigeria/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/nigeria

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Undvik alla resor till nordöstra Nigeria och resor som inte är nödvändiga till Nigerdeltat. Emellanåt är det bränslebrist vilket gör det svårart att röra sig med bil.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/NG

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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We've reviewed our travel advice for Nigeria. There's new information on border closures. Seek local advice. See Travel. We haven't changed our level of advice: Reconsider your need to travel to Nigeria due to the high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping, crime and violent civil unrest travel. Higher and lower levels apply in some parts of the country.

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/nigeria

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime, which includes kidnappings, hijackings, boardings, theft, etc. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: Borno and Yobe States and Northern Adamawa State due to terrorism Adamawa, ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/nigeria-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til Nigeria, herunder Abuja, Lagos og Port Harcourt, på grund af en høj risiko for terrorangreb, voldelig kriminalitet og kidnapninger. Udlændinge er blevet kidnappet på det seneste. Risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have helt særlige grunde til at besøge landet. På grund af den meget høje terrorrisiko fraråder ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/nigeria/

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Nigeria.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Nordlige og nordøstlige delstater Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfora, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger og Kogi. Sydøstlige delstater Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Rivers og Cross Rivers.

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Individual rating changes for Nigeria

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Nigeria. Most recent events first.

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Nigeria changed from 3.1 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Nigeria to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from November 29th 2019

The total rating for Nigeria changed from 3.0 to 3.1. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Nigeria to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Nigeria changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 4.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Nigeria with a rating of 3.0.

About Nigeria

Nigeria with its capital Abuja is a country in Africa (Western Africa), slightly more than twice the size of California (923,768 km²). The country is located Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon. The climate can be described as varies; equatorial in south, tropical in center, arid in north. The landscape is southern lowlands merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, plains in north. With a population of about 138.28 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Abuja
Population about 138.28 million
Size 923.768 km²
Size comparable to slightly more than twice the size of California
Common languages English, Fulah, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba
Currency Naira (short: NGN)
Common voltage (electricity) 240V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +234
Internet Top Level Domain .ng
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 NG
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 NGA
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 566

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Nigeria is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air
  • and soil
  • desertification
  • has suffered serious damage from oil spills
  • loss of arable land
  • oil pollution - water
  • rapid deforestation
  • rapid urbanization
  • soil degradation
  • urban air and water pollution

Natural hazzards

  • flooding
  • periodic droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Nigeria. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. cement
  2. ceramics
  3. chemicals
  4. coal
  5. columbite
  6. crude oil
  7. fertilizer
  8. food products
  9. footwear
  10. hides

Agriculture products

  1. cassava
  2. cattle
  3. cocoa
  4. corn
  5. cotton
  6. fish
  7. goats
  8. manioc
  9. millet
  10. palm oil

Nigerian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Nigeria.

Export products

  1. cocoa
  2. petroleum
  3. petroleum products
  4. rubber

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. food
  3. live animals
  4. machinery
  5. manufactured goods
  6. transport equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Nigeria?

Nigeria is currently rated at 3,2 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 9 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Nigeria.

Is it safe to travel Nigeria in 2020?

Visiting the country Nigeria is usually fine. The score is at 3,2 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Nigeria?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 9 individual sources for Nigeria.

What is the size of Nigeria?

Nigeria has a size of 923,768 km² or 356,669 mi² which is slightly more than twice the size of California.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.