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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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 – 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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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:  Holiday Security Reminder 

The U.S. Mission urges all U.S. citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.  Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and ...
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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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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, October 2nd, in observance of Nigerian Independence Day.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Tuesday, October 3rd. Have a safe and happy holiday! For further information about security in Nigeria: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution ...
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Worldwide Caution

September 14, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide ...
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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: Violence in Abuja – Wuse 2 and Wuse Market

The U.S. Embassy received news of violence in Abuja earlier today between groups of protesters at the Wuse Market and Wuse 2 area. The Nigerian Police Force responded. U.S. citizens should avoid these areas. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Eid –al-Fitr Holiday

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 in observance of Eid-al-Fitr.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Wednesday, June 28. The U.S. Mission reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and be aware of their ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security during Ramadan

The U.S. Mission reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings during Ramadan, generally observed in Nigeria from May 26 to June 24.  Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups.  U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, increased security, and possible road ...
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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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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, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.  Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the U.S. ...
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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, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the U.S. Mission ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Closure of Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

On January 5, the Government of Nigeria announced that Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja would be closed from March 8 to April 19, 2017, to repair the runway. During the announced period of the airport closure, international airlines are expected to suspend service to Abuja.  The international airports in Kano, Lagos, and Port Harcourt ...
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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure

In observation of the New Year, please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, January 2nd.  The Embassy and the Consulate General will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd. Have a safe and happy holiday! For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings and Alerts, Travel Warning for Nigeria , ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Reminder

The U.S. Mission encourages U.S. citizens to be aware of their surroundings on and around the upcoming holidays.  Pay attention to local events happening in your area, such as holiday markets and processions, and be mindful of your personal security when you’re out and about. The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly ...
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Security Message for U.S. – Citizens Extremist Incidents in Borno State

In light of extremist incidents, including armed attacks on a humanitarian convoy traveling from Bama to Maiduguri on July 29 and a suicide bombing in Maiduguri on October 12, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja reminds U.S. citizens of the serious threat of violence and kidnapping in northeastern Nigeria, particularly Borno State.  Extremists continue to conduct ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Lagos Area Hotels During Eid-al-Fitr Holidays (July 5, 2016)

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria advises that groups associated with terrorist activity might be planning attacks against hotels in Lagos frequented by international visitors, including those located on waterfronts, during the Eid-al-Fitr holidays (5 and 6 July 2016). The U.S. Mission in Nigeria reminds you to review your personal security plans, remain aware of your ...
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Potential Labor Union Strike (May 17, 2016)

May 17, 2016 The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens that national labor unions are considering a general nationwide strike beginning Wednesday, May 18.  The potential exists for civil unrest in the form of protests and interruptions to basic services. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas ...
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Worldwide Caution (March 3, 2016)

March 3, 2016 The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, ...
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Christmas Holiday Schedule for American Citizen Services (December 17, 2015)

December 17, 2015 Pursuant to the Executive Order issued by the President of the United States, U.S. Government offices will be closed in observance of Christmas Eve on December 24th, beginning at 12:00 p.m.  The Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed at 12:00 ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Areas Frequented by Westerners Possible Targets for Extremist Groups

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has received information that groups associated with terrorism may be planning to mount attacks against hotels in Nigeria that are frequented by westerners. No further information is available regarding the timing or method of attack. The U.S. Mission maintains close contact with the Nigerian security services. The U.S. Mission advises ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Id-el-Kabir and National Day Security Warning (September 23, 2015)

September 23, 2015 The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and be aware of local events to bolster their personal security on and around the Nigerian public holidays of Id-el-Kabir (Thursday, September 24, and Friday, September 25) and Nigerian National Day (Thursday, October 1). The U.S. Mission advises all ...
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Worldwide Caution (July 31, 2015)

July 31, 2015 The Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Weekend (July 15, 2015)

July 15, 2015 The U.S. Mission wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, July 17 and Monday, July 20 public holidays in connection with Eid-El-Fitr.  Due to increased local security, the U.S. Mission urges all U.S. citizens living and traveling in Nigeria to take extra precautions for your personal ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ramadan

June 16, 2015 The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and maintain awareness of your surroundings during the upcoming month of Ramadan, expected to be observed in Nigeria from mid-June to mid-July. Be particularly vigilant around places of worship, locations where large crowds may gather, government facilities, and areas frequented by expatriates ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Fuel Shortage (May 22, 2015)

Countrywide Fuel Shortage May 22, 2015 The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General inform all U.S. citizens that Nigeria is currently experiencing a fuel shortage which may affect air and land transport within the country over the coming weeks. Previous fuel shortages in Nigeria have led to fuel lines, airline delays and cancellations, and restricted internal ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Land and Sea Border Closure in Nigeria (April 10, 2015)

April 10, 2015 The Government of Nigeria has announced that all land and sea borders will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on April 8 until 11:59 p.m. on April 11 as a precautionary measure ahead of the gubernatorial elections.  At this time, air traffic remains unaffected. We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Land and Sea Border Closure in Nigeria (March 26, 2015)

March 26, 2015 The Government of Nigeria has announced that all land and sea borders will be closed from 12:01 a.m. on March 26 until 11:59 p.m. on March 28 as a precautionary measure ahead of the elections.  At this time, air traffic remains unaffected. We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in ...
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Preparing for the 2015 Tax Filing Season (February 20, 2015)

February 20, 2015 American citizens must report their worldwide income on their federal income tax returns. Living abroad or earning income outside the United States does not relieve a U.S. Citizen of the responsibility for filing a tax return. However, U.S. citizens living and/or working abroad may be entitled to various deductions, exclusions and credits. ...
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Worldwide Caution (January 12, 2015)

January 12, 2015 The Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to ...
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