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Niger is a landlocked West African country named after the river Niger. It is the sixth largest country in Africa by landmass, after Algeria, Congo, Sudan, Libya, and Chad.

Tourism is one of the major reasons why Canadians visit Niger. There are lots of tourist attractions in the West African country. These include museums, the Koure Giraffe Reserve, Niger Sahara, and so forth. However, Canadian tourists wishing to visit Niger are advised to travel only to Niamey, the country’s capital.

Your provincial plan will not cover you outside Canada. So, when visiting Nigeria, you need to make sure you have the right Niger travel insurance or private medical plan to cover you and your loved ones against medical emergencies, accidents or hospitalization in the country.

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Basic Information About Niger

Some important information on Niger Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency CFA franc, West African CFA franc
Most common languages spoken French and Hausa
Capital Niamey
Continent Africa
Population Approx. 21.48 million
Plug type Plug type A, B, C, D, E, and F
Driving side Right-hand side
Seasons
  • Rainy season – June to September
  • Dry season – October to May
Laws Local laws and customs

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Niger Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Niger is yours and you are also responsible for your personal safety and security abroad. But since we care about your safety, we provide you with reliable and relevant information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions as you travel outside Canada.

Risk Level

Due to the risks of kidnapping and terrorism, avoid all travel to Niger with the exception of Niamey, the country’s capital.

Avoid non-essential travel to Niamey due to the risk of kidnapping and crime.

Entry / Exit requirements

Niger, like other countries, decide who enters or exits its territory and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the country’s entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the Niger authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The entry requirements that apply to you depend on the type of passport you use for travel. Check with your transportation company about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave Niger.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Niger before you leave.

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Niger Healthcare

There are private and public hospitals and health care centers. The quality of healthcare in Niger is very poor but medical treatment may be expensive. When traveling to Niger, you should go with enough cash to cover potential costs because some hospitals may require cash payment. It is also important that you have Niger travel insurance even before entering the country.

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Niger Travel Insurance News

Canada has a policy of not paying the ransom but the government often handle the cases of kidnapping with indifference.

The case of Robert Fowler, a Canadian diplomat who worked as a special envoy to the UN in Niger is notable. Fowler was kidnapped by Al Qaeda on December 2008 in the Islamic Maghreb with his colleague, Louis Guay. Both were held captive for 130 days.

Fowler accused the Canadian government, particularly RCMP for not treating his wife right during the captivity.

He said that the RCMP decided that their families could not be trusted with the knowledge that they were alive and nobody in the Ottawa bureaucracy challenged that position.

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Niger Travel Insurance FAQ


Do you need a Visa for travelling to Niger?

Canadians passport holders are required to have a visa to travel to Niger. The visa must correspond to your purpose of travel.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

You can buy more than one Niger travel insurance policy if you are not satisfied with the features and benefits offered by a single policy. However, you should not double dip when doing so.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Travel insurance policies usually cover the cost of outpatient services including doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can buy Niger travel insurance policy the day you leave or even on a later date. Some Canadian insurers now offer usage-based policies that can be purchased on the go. Such policies can be easily managed and you can purchase as much coverage as you want.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The type of claim you intend to make determines how long it will take to receive an outcome but if you provide necessary documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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