Is Nigeria Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Nigeria presents substantial safety challenges, especially for solo female travelers. Street crime, kidnapping, and terrorism threats exist, particularly in the Northeastern region. Scams are also common. Although hospitality and respect for women can be witnessed in local cultures, it is advised to be highly cautious, traveling in groups whenever possible and avoiding night travel altogether.

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How safe is Nigeria?

Safety at nightUnsafe

Though Nigeria can offer a rich cultural experience, it is generally recommended to not to walk alone at night, particularly for solo female travelers. The level of safety can vary greatly depending on the region and city, with some places experiencing higher levels of crime and insecurity. As with any foreign destinations, being vigilant, avoiding isolated areas, and not displaying excessive wealth can contribute to improving your personal safety. It is advisable to use reliable transportation and stick to well-lit and populated routes if necessary to be out at night.

Public transportationUnsafe

Public transportation in Nigeria varies greatly, from larger city buses to shared taxis and motorcycle taxis, known as 'okadas'. While these services are frequently used by locals, they may not meet Western safety standards. The vehicles often lack regular maintenance, and there can be overloading of passengers, leading to comfort and safety issues. Also, issues such as traffic congestion, bad road conditions, and the high incidence of road accidents are other factors to consider. However, there are safer alternatives like Uber or Bolt that operate in larger cities like Lagos and Abuja, though these are more costly.

Street harassmentHigh

As a solo female traveler in Nigeria, you might experience occasional verbal harassment in some areas, especially in busy, populous regions like marketplaces or public transportation. This could range from unsolicited comments to overt flattery or uncomfortable questions. However, reaction to such situations can generally be assertive yet polite refusal or ignorance, and most times locals are willing to assist should you feel harassed. Always remember to maintain your composure but prioritize your safety.

Petty crimesHigh

Traveling in Nigeria, especially as a solo female traveler, you may be vulnerable to petty crimes such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and theft from vehicles. These minor crimes are quite prevalent in crowded places like markets, bus stations, and traffic queues. While many Nigerians are warm and welcoming, ensure you stay vigilant, keep your belongings secure, and avoid displaying expensive items, especially in highly populated areas.

Tap waterUnsafe

Tap water in Nigeria isn't typically safe to drink. While it may be treated in urban areas, the quality can be inconsistent and often contains microorganisms that can cause stomach upset and other health issues. It's recommended for travelers to stick to bottled or properly filtered water for both drinking and brushing teeth.

Is Nigeria safe right now?

Based on the warnings from the United States, Canadian, and Australian governments, it's recommended to reconsider any non-essential travel plans to Nigeria at the current time due to the high risk of threats, such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and the presence of armed gangs. If travel is unavoidable, it is important to remain extra vigilant, especially in areas known to have an increased risk. Ensure that you are constantly updated on local news and security updates. Always follow local authority safety advice and maintain contact with your embassy. Consider acquiring comprehensive travel insurance that covers kidnapping and other potential threats.
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United States Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The United States government advises reconsidering travel to Nigeria due to factors such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and presence of armed gangs. Please note that some areas pose an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: September 20, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The Canadian Government advises avoiding non-essential travel to Nigeria, including Abuja. This is due to the unpredictable security situation throughout the country, as well as the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks, and kidnappings. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 21, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The Australian Government advises reconsideration of travel plans to Nigeria. This advice is due to the unstable security situation, with threats of terrorism, kidnapping, violent crime, and possibilities of civil unrest. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 9, 2023

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I went alone, met wonderful people, ate amazing food, and had a lot of fun. I was only in Lagos and its surroundings, but I loved it. People were so kind and always wanted to help. I felt safe, but I didn't wander in the middle of the night alone.

Posted: December 25, 2023
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