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 security and safety.

The U.S. Mission advises U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around churches and other places of worship, locations where large crowds may gather, government facilities, and areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers during the upcoming weekend.  Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups.  Based on past experience, U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, increased security, and possible road blocks throughout the country.

We recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nigeria enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you do not have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairswebsite, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Nigeria, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Nigeria.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You may also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, located at Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, is open Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja can be reached by telephone, including after-hours emergencies, at +234(9) 461-4000, or by email at AbujaACS@state.gov.  The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos can be reached by telephone, including after-hours emergencies, at +234(1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400, or by email at LagosACS@state.gov.  For more information, please visit the U.S. Mission in Nigeria website.