Getting In and Around
A passport, visa, and proof of yellow fever inoculation are required upon your arrival in Niger. The U.S. Department of State
recommends obtaining a visa before you arrive in Niger, as travelers may be denied entry.
Internationally, most major airlines travel to Niger. Domestic flights are available from Agadez, the country’s largest city, and Niamey, the capital city, to other towns around Niger. Traveling by air is the best option within Niger, but local hotels can recommend efficient bus services. Bypass buses at night; traveling early and by daylight is a safer option.
For transportation within cities, a local bus, private-hire taxi, or rental car is your best option.
Travelers with GSM-enabled phones should plan on buying a SIM card on their
arrival for use in Niger. Those who don’t have a GSM-enabled phone could either rent or purchase an inexpensive phone for use.
Safety and Security
Foreigners should avoid the border of Mali, owing to the lack of security around the area. As always, be aware of your surroundings.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, wherein scores are based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Niger or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.