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Niger Insurance

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.

Official risk ratings

Accident and Evacuation
Kidnapping and Ransom
Political Risk

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 

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.

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Advice from the FCDO

The Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in the UK regularly updates its advice to British travellers about immediate risks.

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