Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has issued an official warning against non-essential travel to Nigeria.
A new travel health notice has been issued on Lassa fever in Nigeria. The warning is targeted for individuals or live or work in endemic areas (especially humanitarian aid workers and health care workers). Most travellers outside of these areas and groups should be at low risk.
There is a significant risk of crime, banditry, and terrorism in Nigeria, according to the Government of Canada. In particular, the United States government published an April 18 emergency message, stating that terrorist attacks may be planned against hotels frequently used by Westerners in the city of Abuja.
Canadians are cautioned to avoid large gatherings, and be especially cautious around places of worship, which are often targeted by explosive devices in vehicles.
See the complete travel warning for Nigeria for more information.
Many travel insurance policies have an exclusion against travel to countries that have a current official travel warning. Check with your travel insurance policy, and contact your travel insurance company, if you have any questions about this type of exclusion. The policy may exclude countries for which there is a avoid all travel type of warning, or exclude countries that have an avoid non-essential travel warning.
May 02, 2012