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 land transport. All U.S. citizens are advised to limit nonessential travel to and within Nigeria until fuel supplies and transport services return to normal.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Travel Warning for Nigeriaand Country Specific Information for Nigeria.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, located at Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area. The Embassy is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For after-hours emergencies, the Embassy in Abuja can be reached by telephone at +234(9) 461-4000, or by email
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island. The Consulate General 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. For after-hours emergencies, the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos can be reached by telephone at +234(1) 460-3600 or +234 (1) 460-3400, or by email at
  • Visit the U.S. Mission in Nigeria website.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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