Anyone going to do business or travel in this vast desert nation should seek specialist advice about Niger insurance. Political instability, terrorism, lawlessness and disease can present dangerous hazards and most standard insurance policies will be invalid. Any Niger insurance you organise should include medical evacuation.
Niger insurance – quick facts
- There is a high risk of terrorism and kidnapping
- Carefully consider your security arrangements before traveling to and around Niger
- International health insurance in Niger is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
Get the right insurance for Niger
- Specialist Niger insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover all of your business liabilities in Niger and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to limited medical facilities and the high-risk to personal security, specialist Niger insurance is advised for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs, including kidnap and ransom cover
Dangers you may encounter in Niger
This vast desert nation has been blighted by drought, famine, political instability and impartial military rule since its independence from France in 1960. The security situation here is often so dangerous that all travel to most of the country is strongly discouraged.
Lawlessness is rife across Niger and foreigners are at risk from all forms of violent crime. Uranium, the country’s main export, is mined in the north, in an area where Tuareg nomads are fighting for greater autonomy and a share of the mining revenues. Fears are that there may be an associated al-Qaeda presence due to the high incidence of terrorist attacks and kidnapping of foreigners. If your business brings you here, you should have specialist Niger insurance that will provision for armed attack, bombing, kidnap and hostage taking.
Poverty, disease and food shortages are widespread and health facilities are severely limited. Any serious illness or injury will require air ambulance evacuation to Europe, and cover for this must be included in your Niger insurance policy along with comprehensive international health insurance. Road travel also presents serious hazards, not just from poor driving standards and maintenance, but from the risk of carjacking and banditry.
The FCO advise against all travel to most regions and all but essential travel to all other regions. There is a high risk of terrorism and kidnapping. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.