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Niger is small West African country, and one of the poorest countries in the world.
Niamey, the capital of Niger, is located along the Niger river. It is known for its markets and museums, including the National Museum of Niger, that boasts an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils and historic artifacts.
The city is also home to thousands of fruit bats, a sight that draws tourists to the Place de la République every evening to watch them fly by.
While it is possible to travel to Niger, because of the operation of several terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State within the country, precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of all visitors.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Niger. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Niger: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Niger. If you have not received the vaccine before arrival, you may be given it at your port of entry and put in quarantine.
To find out more about these vaccines, see our vaccinations page. Ready to travel safely? Book your appointment either call or start booking online now.
Niger takes its cholera situation very seriously. Proof of cholera vaccination may be required at entry depending on where you are arriving from.
Passport Health travel clinics have Vaxchora, the only approved cholera vaccine in the US, available.
Niger has some risk of cholera, according to the CDC. Travelers should avoid contaminated food and water and receive a cholera vaccine before their trip.
Some extra precautions can be taken to avoid cholera including washing hands regularly and making sure food is prepared safely.
Americans must present a valid Niger visa and U.S. passport to visit the country. Two open passport pages are required for entry stamps. Visas must be acquired in advance from the Embassy of Niger.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required for entry. Proof of cholera vaccination may also be required, if the traveler is coming from a country with an outbreak.
For more information, see our Niger visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The best time to visit Niger is between October and May, during the dry season. The country can be extremely hot during the summer, coupled with heavy rains in June and August.
The State Department warns Americans about traveling to Niger because of risk of kidnapping, armed robbery, terrorism and other crimes.
Travelers should to be vigilant, especially at the border with Mali, the Diffa region and in the Lake Chad Basin area.
Extremist groups like the Islamic State and Al Qa’eda are active within Niger. Take extra precautions while traveling including avoiding travel at night.
The U.S. government may be limited in the help it can provide to travelers who find themselves in need of assistance in rural areas of Niger.
Even within Niamey, travelers should to avoid restaurants and night clubs where Westerners usually congregate. These could be targets for crime or terrorism.
Water in Niger should is often contaminated and should not avoided. A traveler’s diarrhea kit as well as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations are highly recommended.
Niger has a tropical climate. Airy modest clothing made will help keep you cool and comfortable. It can also get cool during the evenings, so bring a jacket and some warmer layers as well.
Niger experiences heavy rains during the summer. During July and August bring a rain jacket and an umbrella.
If you find yourself in need of help when traveling in Niger, there is a U.S. embassy in the capital city of Niamey.
U.S. Embassy in Niger
Phone: (227) 20-72-26-61
Fax: (227) 20-73-55-60
Visit the Embassy to Niger website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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