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Reviewed: 01 November 2013, 11:30 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in Niger outside the capital Niamey due to the threat of kidnapping, the presence of armed militants and the unpredictable security situation. We advise against all travel outside the capital.
New Zealanders who decide to travel outside Niamey against our advice should ensure they put in place appropriate personal security protection measures. We recommend travelling in convoy with a local guide, and only during daylight hours. You should monitor media reports and local information sources for possible threats to your safety and security.
There is high risk to your security in Niamey due to violent crime and the unpredictable security situation. We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel to Niamey.
There is an ongoing high threat of kidnapping against foreigners in Niger, particularly outside Niamey and in the north of the country. There have been incidents of foreigners being kidnapped from their vehicles.
The level of crime is high in the capital city of Niamey, notably around the Gawaye Hotel, the National Museum, Kennedy Bridge and the Petit Marché where muggings are prevalent, particularly after dark. Armed bandits operate throughout northern and eastern Niger.
Terrorist attacks could occur at any time and may be directed at locations known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious at all times, particularly in public areas. We also recommend avoiding all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning.
General Travel Advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious and social traditions in Niger to avoid offending local sensitivities.
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Niger, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Niger should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Niger are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.