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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