Summary: The FCO has issued a warning against all travel to Kano in Northern Nigeria, following terrorist attacks against government and police buildings.
Curfews are being enforced in a number of areas in Nigeria. British Nationals are strongly advised to follow these curfews and to listen to any official warnings issued by local authorities.
British Nationals are advised to keep monitoring the situation through local and international media and to consider leaving Nigeria if possible.
More information for our customers may be found below
Last Updated: 13 January 2012
Summary: Many travel authorities including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued warnings advising travellers to avoid all but essential travel to many places in Nigeria as well as to avoid travel to certain areas of Nigeria completely, following recent civil unrest and attacks taking place.
The FCO has advised against all travel to the following areas:
- Bauchi State
- Plateau State (including Jos)
- Non-riverine areas of Akwa Ibom State
- Abia State
- Yobe State
Travelling to the following areas is advised against and they should only be travelled to if completely necessary:
- Borno State
- Bayelsa State
- Delta State
- Rivers State (including Port Harcourt)
- Riverine areas of Akwa Ibom State
- The Bakassi Peninsula
Flights in Nigeria operating in and out of Lagos and Abuja have been operating in recent days, but have experienced disruptions due to the current general strike gripping the country. Travellers are advised to check with their airline on the status of their flight, before travelling to the airport.
In Nigeria there remains the possibility of disruptions on routes to airports, ground services and other services which may cause airports to cancel flights. Domestic flights are grounded due to a general strike.
Advice For Our Customers
Follow these essential guidelines for your own safety if you already in Nigeria.
- Avoid public gatherings
- Follow local and international media to remain updated on current situations
- Follow any advice given by local authorities
- Be vigilant at all times: kidnappings of foreigners is of high concern
Information For Our Customers On Products
Please note: We are unable to cover you if you are travelling against the FCO's travel advice and warnings.
Travel Insurance: Provided your travel insurance policy and your trip to Nigeria was paid for before the FCO's advice amendment, your trip will still remain covered for the full schedule of benefits.
We will pay you up to the amount shown in the Schedule of Benefits for:
- Any irrecoverable unused travel and accommodation costs
- Other pre-paid charges which you have paid or are contracted to pay together with any reasonable additional travel expenses incurred if cancellation of the trip is necessary and unavoidable.
Airport Parking - Should you need to cancel your airport parking and did not purchase a cancellation waiver when making your booking, you will be charged a cancellation fee of £5. Please note: cancellations will only be refunded if made at least 24 hours before the expected time of arrival.
Airport Hotels - You can amend or cancel a booking up to 48 hours before arrival. Depending on which hotel you booked, the cancellation will either be free or a fee of £15 per room will be applicable. No refunds are available if you cancel less than 48 hours before arrival at the hotel.
Should you need assistance with cancelling your airport parking or hotel, please call customer services on 0845 803 5434 (lines are open Monday -Friday: 9am - 5.30pm).