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Due to continuing military conflicts with neighboring Mali and kidnapping threats against Westerners, the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Niger.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other terrorist groups frequently cross over the Mali border into Niger, especially since the Malian government lost control of its northern region earlier last year. The Government of Niger has increased its security forces in the border area, but the situation remains unstable.
The U.S. Embassy in Niamey continues to monitor the security situation, but has restricted travel of all U.S. government employees north of Niamey. The Embassy strongly encourages citizens who travel despite the warning to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The Embassy will also post “Security Messages for U.S. Citizens” on their website.