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Official Canadian Government Travel Warning Against Travel to Nigeria

Zuma Rock in Abuja Nigeria
Zuma Rock in Abuja Nigeria

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.

Caution Canadian Travel Insurance ReviewMany 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

*As always, the information on this page is from one Canadian traveller to another. We have spent years abroad and have gotten to know the ins and outs of the industry however we are not travel insurance agents. If you have any travel insurance questions, please talk to a qualified travel insurance agent or broker. Finally, policies and plans can and do change all the time, without warning, so always consult your insurance policy since that is the legal document to which you are agreeing to.
*This article is only intended as general advice. Please check your own policy carefully.

A true world traveller, Lanie Kay has been to over 30 countries in the past decade and loves nothing more than waking up in a foreign country. Born and raised in western Canada, she knows the value of a dollar and, just like everyone, wishes there was more transparency when dealing with large companies.

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