U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Nigeria

Published by January 11, 2013

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The risk for U.S. citizens traveling to Nigeria is a continued concern, as kidnappings, robberies and armed attacks pose safety and security threats to travelers. They should be aware that extremists may expand violence past the northern Nigerian border to middle and southern states.

Military-led raids have caused the deaths of several foreign nationals, including some U.S. citizens. Muggings, assaults, carjackings and extortion remain a continued risk throughout the country.

All U.S. citizens should remain aware of any curfews, travel restrictions and states of emergency in the areas they are in or plan to visit, as conditions change frequently.

Because of the unpredictability of the situation in Nigeria, travelers are encouraged to register in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This can be done online or at the nearest U.S. Embassy.

For more information on the STEP program or security information, visit the U.S. Department of State website here.