Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Scheduled Flights Out of Abuja and Lagos The U.S. Mission is working closely with the Government of Nigeria to ensure that a limited number of flights are permitted to land for the purpose of repatriating American citizens wishing to return to the United States.  We understand that family and other considerations may make …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas. For U.S. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  NCDC Health Update and Guidance The  Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)  announced 238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of April 6, 2020. On February 28, 2020, the NCDC issued a  Level 3 Travel Notice for Nigeria,  and is asking anyone, especially those who recently arrived in Nigeria, who experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) to contact them immediately at +234 800 970 00010. These are trying and unprecedented times. Remember to stay calm and rest assured …

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Health  Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Required Documents for Evacuation Flights The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos are not requiring proof of tax filing.  Please do not email or bring those to the airport.  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have been working diligently to evacuate U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja, Nigeria Event:  Scheduled Flights Out of Abuja The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is in the process of contacting persons who have registered their interest in being placed on an evacuation flight.  The flight is estimated to travel later this week, but we do not have exact information at this time.  After this flight, there …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria (April 5, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  Considerations for Evacuation Travel U.S. Embassy Abuja and U.S. Consulate General Lagos would like potential evacuees to bear in mind the following considerations in determining if an evacuation flight is in the best interest of you and your family: Expenses – This is a self-funded, one way …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria (April 5, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  Ensure All Travel Documents are Up to Date The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have been working diligently to identify all potential evacuation flight options for U.S. citizens who are trying to repatriate to the United States.  If you are considering taking one of these flights, please check the validity of your passport to …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria (April 4, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  Evacuation Flight Luggage Restrictions Since the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority closed the airports to all international commercial flights, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have been arranging evacuation flights to assist in repatriation of U.S. citizens who need to return to the …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria (April 4, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  COVID-19 Update The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria as of April 3, 2020 has risen to 209, with 4 deaths and 25 recoveries.  Lagos State continues to have the most confirmed cases (109).  Other states with confirmed cases include Abuja (41), Osun (20), Enugu (2), …

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Health  Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Continue to Shelter in Place  Effective March 27, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have suspended routine consular services and have reassigned many of their staff to support the coordination of potential evacuation flights for U.S. citizens.  We have received a significant number of phone calls and emails from those seeking to return to the …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Evacuation Considerations U.S. Embassy Abuja and U.S. Consulate General Lagos would like potential evacuees to bear in mind the following considerations in determining if an evacuation flight is in the best interest of you and your family: Expenses – This is a self-funded, one way flight to a single destination in the United States. …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Since the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority closed all international airports to commercial flights, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have been working on arranging evacuation flights for U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  Some of you have already received invitations for a flight.  Please …

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Health  Alert: U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria

Location:  Lagos, Nigeria Event:  Impacts of Cessation of Movement Order in Lagos and Surrounding State On March 29, President Buhari announced a cessation of movement in Lagos and Ogun States and in the Federal Capital Territory to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The ‘lockdown’ has been strictly enforced since 11:00 pm on March 30, and remains …

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Health  Alert: U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria (April 1, 2020) Location:  Lagos, Nigeria Event:  Evacuation Flight Update Since the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority closed all international airports to commercial flights, many U.S. citizens have contacted the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos expressing an interest in returning to the United States via …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja Event:  Please Do Not Submit Electronic Forms Twice The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is working diligently to review hundreds of forms that we have received.  U.S. citizens who have filled out the electronic form using the link below should NOT fill out this form twice. If you have not submitted this form, but are …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja Event:  Status of Abuja Flights The U.S. Embassy in Abuja continues to actively work with Washington to organize evacuation flights for U.S. citizens, as part of the world-wide repatriation effort.  We continue to assess the most efficient flights given the plethora of national and international border closures and travel restrictions.  However, the Embassy in Abuja …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria (March 31, 2020) Location:  Lagos Event:  Evacuation flight update On March 30, the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos announced it had arranged some emergency flights to depart Lagos to the Washington, DC area this week.  Individuals have been contacted specifically with the flight information if a space was available.  We are still working with thousands of U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Nigeria

Location: Lagos Event: Evacuation Considerations The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos announced earlier this week that several evacuation flights are now confirmed. Many of you have expressed interest in these flights. We are compiling this information, but cannot guarantee a seat at this time. You will be notified shortly by separate e-mail if we are …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja Event:  Interested Evacuees MUST Fill Out This Form! Important note: If you have sent us an email expressing your interest in returning to the United States but have not completed the form below, please complete this form now for EACH member of your party.  Only individuals who have filled out this form will be considered …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja Event:  Status of Abuja Flights The U.S. Embassy in Abuja continues to actively work with Washington to organize evacuation flights for U.S. citizens, as part of the world-wide repatriation effort.  We continue to assess the most efficient flights given the plethora of national and international border closures and travel restrictions.  However, the Embassy in …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

March 30, 2020 Location:  Lagos, Nigeria Event:  Evacuation Flights from Lagos The U.S. Consulate in Lagos has confirmed evacuation flights for this week. Flights will depart from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and fly directly to Washington-Dulles International Airport in Virginia (Washington, D.C.). If we have space for you on the flight, you will recieve a …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission in Nigeria

Location: Nigeria Event: NCDC Health Update and Guidance The  Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)  announced 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of March 28, 2020. On February 28, 2020, the NCDC issued a  Level 3 Travel Notice for Nigeria  and is asking anyone, especially those who recently arrived in Nigeria, who experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) to contact them immediately at +234 800 970 00010. These are trying and unprecedented times. Remember to stay calm and rest assured that our commitment …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission in Nigeria

Location: Nigeria Event:  Ensure All Travel Documents are Up to Date The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate in Lagos have been working diligently to identify all potential evacuation flight options for U.S. citizens who are trying to repatriate to the United States. If you are considering taking one of these flights, please check the validity of your passport to ensure it still has at least one month of validity. If …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (March 28, 2020) Location: Nigeria Event:  Embassy and Consulate Limited Resources Effective March 27, 2020, U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have suspended routine consular services and have reassigned many of its staff to support the coordination of potential evacuation flights for U.S. citizens. We have received a …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission to Nigeria (March 28, 2020)

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Effective March 27, 2020 the U.S. Embassy Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General Lagos have suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please send an email requesting an emergency appointment to LagosACS@state.gov or AbujaACS@state.gov based on your location. The Department of State has issued …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  Continue to Shelter in Place The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 65 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria as of March 26, 2020.  Please continue to shelter in place to ensure your safety and the safety of others. The government of Nigeria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the …

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Routine Message: Impact of Border Closings on U.S. Citizens

Location: Nigeria Event: Since the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority closed all international airports to commercial flights, many American citizens in Nigeria have contacted the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos expressing an interest in returning to the United States.  The Embassy and Consulate are working on appropriate solutions to help …

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Routine Message:  Update and Importance of Enrolling in STEP

Location:  Nigeria Event:  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria grew to 51 since yesterday.  While no new announcements have been made from the federal or state government level, we are closely monitoring the situation should additional closures take place to further combat the spread of the virus.  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that all international airports in Nigeria are closed until …

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

To disseminate important information and alerts for U.S. Citizens including possible evacuation flights, the State Department uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) as its primary messaging system. U.S. Citizens in Nigeria who want to be informed about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enroll in STEP immediately. Please visit  https://step.state.gov/  to register.

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission to Nigeria (March 25, 2020)

Health Alert: U.S. Mission to Nigeria (March 25, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event: Nigeria currently has 46 confirmed COVID cases, and the government is taking measures to prevent additional spread.  On March 23, the Government of Nigeria announced that – beginning March 24 – civil servants throughout the country must telework, and they are advising all Abuja …

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U.S. Mission to Nigeria Routine Message: Ambassador’s Message to American Citizens

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is now more than 40 and continues to grow. In order to slow the spread, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that all airports in Nigeria will be closed to international flights, except emergency flights, for a period of one month, effective from midnight on March …

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Emergency Message: Airport Closures and U.S. Citizen Interest in Returning to the United States

On March 21, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that – effective March 23 at 23:00 to April 23 23:00 – Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja will be closed to all international flights, except emergency flights.  All international airports in Nigeria are closed.   Evacuation flights qualify as …

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Emergency Message: Airport Closures and U.S. Citizen Interest in Returning to the United States

U.S. Mission to Nigeria Emergency Message:  Airport Closures and U.S. Citizen Interest in Returning to the United States March 21, 2020 On March 21, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that – effective March 23 at 23:00 to April 23 23:00 – Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria (March 17, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  On March 17, the Ministry of Health announced three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The government of Nigeria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  According to the  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control  (NCDC), travelers without symptoms on departure, but who become unwell in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reopening of Consular Section at U.S. Consulate General Lagos

The consular section of the U.S. Consulate General Lagos will reopen on March 17 for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).  Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja were never affected and will continue as usual. We regret the inconvenience this unanticipated interruption of service in Lagos caused. ACS applicants …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on the Temporary Closure of U.S. Consulate General’s Lagos Consular Section

U.S. Mission to Nigeria Routine Message for U.S. Citizens:  Update on the Temporary Closure of U.S. Consulate General’s Lagos Consular Section  March 11, 2020 Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visas and American Citizen Services in Lagos, but other offices within the Consulate General remain open.  …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Lagos and Ogun States in Nigeria Event: On February 27, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lagos.  For the most recent number of individuals tested, view the NCDC’s  Daily Situation Report here . There are no restrictions in place in Nigeria as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.  Travelers to Nigeria …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Countrywide. Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following Travel Notices for Nigeria: Level 1 Travel Notice for Monkeypox There is an ongoing outbreak of Monkeypox in Nigeria, resulting in over 50 confirmed cases in 2019.  On October 18, 2018, CDC issued a Travel Notice for Monkeypox in Nigeria. This notice was updated recently to reflect the current status. …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Nigeria

Location: Nigeria, countrywide Event: Due to recent world events, U.S. citizens should review their personal security measures.  While we have no specific threat information, it is prudent to remind ourselves of the following personal security actions to follow on a regular basis. Actions To Take: Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Stay …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Consulate General Lagos

There have been reports of harassment when departing the Lekki Market parking area.  Incidents have included a group of locals aggressively demanding more money for parking fees.  They have thrown wood barriers into the path of the vehicles, pounded on the windows, and attempted to open doors. Actions to Take:  Please exercise extra situational awareness if …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Alert

Event:  Holidays in Nigeria provide increased risk for terrorism and/or criminal activity.  There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and  kidnapping.  Travelers to Nigeria are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.  Threats posed by terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology exist throughout Nigeria.  Extremists continue to focus on …

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Security Alert – Potential Violence in Kogi State

Location: Kogi State, Nigeria Event: Kogi Elections November 16, 2019 As of mid-November 2019, election observers and participants are cautioned that violence at polling locations may occur during the upcoming Kogi State elections. Actions to Take:  Review your personal security plans. Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for updates. Carry …

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Security Alert – Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas

Location: Nigeria Event: Precautions for Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas of Nigeria Foreigners working the conflict-affected areas of Nigeria should take all necessary precaution to prevent attacks, kidnappings, or other associated actions by terrorist organizations seeking to retaliate for the death of Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham overall amir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Conflict-affected areas of …

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Nigeria Travel Advisory

Level 3: Reconsider Travel 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, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe states due to kidnapping Coastal areas of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Changes to Follow-up Appointment Scheduling in Abuja

Abuja’s American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit is announcing changes to its appointment scheduling policy. Effective 21 October 2019, appointments for applicants with pending passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) cases must schedule appointments on Wednesdays. Appointments for the following types of services must be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: Initial applications …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure – Nigeria Independence Day – October 1

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Tuesday, October 1, 2019 a public holiday to commemorate Nigerian Independence Day. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed.  No consular services will be available. As we approach the winter holidays, please note that the Embassy and Consulate will be …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in Benin City

The U.S. Consulate General Lagos is pleased to announce that Consul General  Claire Pierangelo will be visiting Benin City on September 24th and will host a Town-Hall Forum to meet the American community.  The Consul General will be accompanied by a Consular Officer who will provide voting information and can provide no-fee notarial services (parental …

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Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) Visit to Lagos

The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is pleased to announce that a representative from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in London will be visiting Lagos on September 24 and 25, 2019.  The FBU representative will provide an informational session and also meet with interested parties to discuss Federal Benefits at the U.S. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate Lagos, Nigeria

Location: Various locations around Lagos.  Protest activity has been reported in and around MTN, Shoprite and other South African establishments. Event: U.S. Consulate Lagos alerts U.S. citizens of sporadic unrest and demonstrations in various locations around Lagos.  Protest activity has been reported in and around MTN, Shoprite and other South African establishments. U.S. citizens should …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Lugbe Shoprite at Novare Gateway Mall, along Airport Road between MRS Filling Station and Chamber of Commerce Abuja FCT, Nigeria Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens about reports of police activity and a possible demonstration at the Lugbe Shoprite along Airport Road.  U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid the …

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HOLIDAY CLOSURE: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 to commemorate Labor Day. No consular services will be available on this date. Labor Day is a public and federal holiday in the United States. It honors the American labor movement, and the contributions that …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, August 12, 2019 and Tuesday August 13, 2019 as public holidays to commemorate Eid-el-Kabir. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed.  No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria and surrounding areas. IMN is protesting in the FCT.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid roads in and around Abuja FCT until further notice. There have been reports of exchanges of gunfire between protestors and Nigerian Police and protesters have breached the outer perimeter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).  The U.S. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location: Countrywide Event: The U.S. Mission in Nigeria advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations by protesters affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are expected in the coming days throughout the country, including Abuja and Lagos.  Protests by this group in the Nigerian capital on July 9 became violent, including exchanges of gunfire between protestors …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria (Central Business District, including the area between the Hilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations in Abuja by protesters affiliated with Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been reported on July 10.  Protests by this group on July 9 became violent, including …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: June 4-5 closure of U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Tuesday June 4, 2019 and Wednesday June 5, 2019 as holidays to commemorate Eid-el-Fitr. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Wednesday May 29, 2019 a work-free day to commemorate the presidential inauguration. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that date, you …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Benin Land Border Closures

Event: Due to Benin presidential elections taking place on Sunday, April 28, Benin land border crossings may be closed on Sunday, April 28.  Please plan your travel accordingly. Actions to take: Monitor local media for updates. For information on security in Nigeria: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , the Travel Advisories and Alerts, the Nigeria Travel Advisory , the Nigeria Country Information , and the Crime and Safety Reports for Nigeria …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Borno State, Nigeria Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja warns U.S. citizens of reports that a terrorist group plans to conduct kidnap operations against unidentified U.S. and European citizens currently located in Borno State, Nigeria.  U.S. government personnel are currently prohibited from traveling to Borno and the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Borno State is …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria (Dutse Market, Nyanya, Mararaba, Lugbe, Zuba, Garki, APO Roundabout, and surrounding areas). Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that there are reports of election-related violence in Abuja City and the surrounding areas. Supporters of different political parties are clashing and demonstrators are blocking roads, stopping vehicles, and demanding …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, February 22, 2019 as a Work-Free Day to enable Nigerians to prepare for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.   In recognition of this declaration and to encourage all our Nigerian employees to exercise their right to vote, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in …

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Nigeria Travel Advisory

The Department advises travelers to reconsider travel to Nigeria due to elections, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and piracy. 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 Federal general elections in Nigeria are scheduled for February 16, 2019, and the state elections for March 2, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Nigeria, Countrywide Event: There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast.  ISIS West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian Security and infrastructure, as …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria, country-wide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

White House Executive Order dated December 18, 2018 declares closed all executive offices and agencies on Monday, December 24, the day before Christmas.  This holiday day off is completely unrelated to and independent of any government shutdown possibility. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush- Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja & Consulate General Lagos

In honor of the death of Former President George H. W. Bush, President Donald J. Trump has declared Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as a national day of mourning. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Wednesday December 5th. No consular services will be available. If you …

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Health Alert – Polio – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Countrywide  Event: On October 28, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Travel Notice for polio in Nigeria.  The Nigerian Ministry of Health has reported several cases of poliovirus in the northern states of Nigeria.  CDC recommends that all travelers to Nigeria be vaccinated fully against polio.  Because of the risk …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Tuesday November 20th in observance of the holiday Eid-el-Maulud. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that date, you will be contacted for rescheduling. As we approach the winter holidays, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Country Information on Nigeria Updated – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

The State Department has updated the Country Information Page for Nigeria on November 15, 2018.  This document contains useful information for U.S. citizens travelling to Nigeria or residing in Nigeria about matters of entry and exit requirements, visas, safety, security, local laws, special circumstances, health, travel and transportation. For information on security in Nigeria: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Advisories and Alerts,  the …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja City, Nigeria Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that organized groups of activists are gathering in Abuja. Spontaneous demonstrations are expected to take place in the capitol area, beginning October 30 and occurring over the next several days. We have no information about the dates/times or duration of these protests.  …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Renew U.S. Passports and Perform Notarials in Katsina City on November 5 and Kano City on November 6 – U.S. Em

Location:  November 5 Katsina City, Katsina State. November 6 in Kano City, Kano State.  Specific hotel locations and times will be provided by direct email to all those who make a reservation (below).   Event: As a special service, U.S. Embassy consular personnel will accept passport applications and perform notarials in both Katsina and Kano cities. …

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Nigeria Travel Advisory

The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Nigeria on October 23, 2018.  The Department has raised the advisory level for northeastern Nigeria. Nigeria – Level 3: Reconsider Travel                   C T U O Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and piracy. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Countrywide Event: There is an outbreak of Monkeypox in Nigeria, resulting on over 100 confirmed cases and several deaths.  On October 18, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Travel Notice for Monkeypox in Nigeria. Additionally, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reports that three cases of Monkeypox were diagnosed in the U.K. and …

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Demonstration Alert – Protests near Embassy – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: U.S. Embassy, Abuja city, Nigeria and nearby areas. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place this morning near the Embassy grounds and may affect access to consular services.  We have no information about the duration or schedule of these protests.  U.S. Government personnel have been …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja city, Nigeria, particularly these areas often used before: Unity Fountain Eagle Square Wuse Districts The Federal Secretariat Ahmadu Bello Way Herbert Macaulay Way Shehu Shagari Way Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place between September 7 and September 9.  We have no information about …

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Alert – Reported Seismic Activity – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja city, Nigeria; particularly near the Mpape District and Maitama districts of the city. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja has seen reports of seismic activity over the last week in the vicinity of Abuja city from the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency’s office.  At the time of this posting, their most recent …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Overseas Voting in the November 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: The Re-opening of the U.S. Embassy Abuja’s Consular Section

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja’s consular section will reopen on August 24 for full services for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).   Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos were never affected and will continue as usual. We regret the inconvenience this interruption of service in Abuja has caused. Visa and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria (August 17, 2018) Location: Country-wide, Nigeria. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22 in observance of Eid-el-Kabir.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Thursday, August 23. Please …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on the Temporary Closure of U.S. Embassy Abuja’s Consular Section

Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visas and American Citizen Services in Abuja, but other offices within the Embassy remain open.  Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Until further notice, applicants are encouraged to contact the …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Embassy Abuja’s Consular Section

Until further notice, all consular appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja have temporarily ceased for both visa and for American Citizen Services.  Consular functions in U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling. American citizens in northern Nigeria with emergency services …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Renew U.S. Passports and Perform Notarials in Jos City, Plateau State

Location:  Silk Suites Hotel at Zaramaganda Road, Ray field, in Jos City, Plateau State from 8 am to 10 am and then 2 pm to 4 pm on Monday July 9, 2018.  An interior room will be designated that morning and posted at the entrance.  Event: As a special service, U.S. Embassy consular personnel will …

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Security Alert – Heightened Police Activity in Abuja City – U.S. Mission to Nigeria (July 5, 2018)

Location:  Abuja city, Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. Event:  The Embassy has received credible reports that seven Nigerian police were killed July 3 in a violent incident upon the “airport road” between central Abuja city and the Namdi Azikiwe International Airport.  The Embassy community is observing the security guidance of the subsequently issued police notice …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Nigeria, countrywide Event: The Nigeria Customs Service has issued a Security Alert and implemented intensified screening of all passengers and luggage into and out of Nigeria. This action follows publication of Nigerian media reports alleging a terrorist plot to place explosives on commercial airlines. The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is not recommending any change …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria, countrywide Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 in observance of Eid-al-Fitr.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Tuesday, June 19.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution during the upcoming holiday.  Security measures …

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Health Alert – Public Health Advisory on Ebola in Nigeria – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Event:  On May 12, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control issued a Public Health Advisory on Ebola.  Their Port Health Services unit has been placed on alert and have heightened screening measures at Nigerian ports of entry because of an outbreak of Ebola in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo which began in May 2018. The World Health Organization has reported 45 possible cases of Ebola virus disease …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria, countrywide Event:  The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past, they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, …

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Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Customers applying with the DS-11 …

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Health Alert: Lassa Fever in Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria countrywide.  Most cases have been found in Edo and Ondo in southwest Nigeria states. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Lassa Fever in Nigeria  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/lassa-fever-nigeria on March 5, 2018.  The Nigeria Center for Disease Control  http://www.ncdc.gov.ng/ (NCDC) has reported an ongoing outbreak of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure on March 13, Passport Renewals, Fee Changes

Temporary Closure in Abuja: The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, March 13.  We regret that you will not be able to pick up your passports or social security checks on that day.  Passport Renewals: Are your family’s passports ready for international travel this summer? Many countries …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Advisory

Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, and piracy. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape, is common throughout the country. Terrorists continue plotting possible attacks in Nigeria.  Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

The Department of State changed our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories have replaced Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory gives an explanation for the level and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: President Trump’s announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Abuja reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review …

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Nigeria Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.  Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Abuja – Wuse Market and Julius Berger Junction

The U.S. Embassy received news of a violent protest in the area of Wuse Market and Julius Berger junction.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas. Exercise caution in these areas; review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Curfews in Abia and Plateau states

Curfews have been declared in Abia and Plateau states because of violent attacks accompanied by threats of reprisals. Exercise caution in these areas; review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Boko Haram Threat to Kidnap Foreigners in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State

The U.S. Embassy has received a credible report that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners working along the Kumshe-Banki axis in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps …

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