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 night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

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 transportation:

Public transportation:Unsafe

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 harassment:

Street harassment:High

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 crimes:

Petty crimes:High

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 water:

Tap water:Unsafe

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 to travel?

Solo travel experience

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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Ijeoma

I cannot provide a definitive answer to how safe Nigeria is. Safety is a complex issue that varies greatly depending on location, time of day, and individual circumstances, but generally it's Moderately safe in urban areas but quite unsafe in rural areas.

Posted: June 12, 2024
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Is Nigeria safe right now?

Before your visit to Nigeria, it's essential to check travel advisories for Nigeria, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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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 to **avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria**, including **Abuja**, due to the **unpredictable security situation** throughout the country and the significant risk of **terrorism**, **crime**, **inter-communal clashes**, **armed attacks**, and **kidnappings**. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 10, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The Australian government advises reconsidering the need to travel to Nigeria. This is due to the volatile security situation, combined with threats such as terrorism, kidnapping, and violent crime. There is also the risk of civil unrest. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 2, 2024

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