How Safe Is Nigeria for Travel?

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Nigeria FlagNigeria : Safety by City

Nigeria is a country located in equatorial West Africa and Africa’s most populous nation.

It is also the seventh most populous country in the world.

It shares borders with Benin to the west, Cameroon to the southeast, Chad to the northeast, and Niger to the north, and it also boasts a southern coastline on the Gulf of Guinea.

While being famous for its population, it is also the largest African oil producer and, since April 2014, the largest economy in Africa.

Even though this country is rather dangerous, there are ways to spend quality time there – without getting hurt.

You can go to the Lekki Forest Reserve, which is basically an interesting patch of tropical rainforest with wooden walkways but you’ll have a hard time explaining the location to taxi drivers as locals often don’t know about this place.

You can also visit Obudu: a small and cool mountain escape that also offers a nice resort (Obudu Mountain Resort) on the mountain.

You can count on activities like forest walks, hiking, cable cars drive and swimming in swimming pools with fountains.

Warnings & Dangers in Nigeria

Overall Risk


Nigeria is currently a very dangerous destination for potential tourists. Governments in several countries have even issued warnings against traveling to this country, for reasons such as terrorism, kidnappings and other types of violent crime.

Transport & Taxis Risk


As for transport, it is not safe, and you should always opt for taxis and hired drivers to get around Nigeria. However, buses, although dangerous because of possible roadblocks and the possibility of passengers being attacked are reliable and can take you to any part of the country you wish to go. Still, be very careful when getting around Nigeria.

Pickpockets Risk


Crime levels are high in Nigeria and this goes for both petty and violent crime. Expect petty crime like pickpocketing, bag snatching, camera snatching, and other forms of theft, especially on the streets of Lagos.

Natural Disasters Risk


Nigeria gets severely hit by heavy tropical rains each year from May to September, that usually leads to flash floods. Floods are the most devastating natural disaster in Nigeria and they have also devastated the Niger Delta,

Mugging Risk


There have been some pretty scary reports concerning violent crime in Nigeria towards foreigners particularly. U.S. Department of State reporting more than 140 foreign nationals have been kidnapped, and six of them killed, since 2009. This is why it is essential that you avoid walking around Nigeria altogether, be it during the day or night. Opt for driving.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria. Avoid northern and northeast Nigeria at all cost as those are the parts of the country where most of the terrorism takes place. However, there have been numerous attacks elsewhere, too. Threats are mostly coming from the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Scams Risk


Of course, scams too are common in Nigeria, so double check your change, never pay anything upfront and negotiate everything in advance. Be very careful around ATMs and be wary of anyone trying to distract you.

Women Travelers Risk


Nigeria is not a safe destination for women. Do not go alone anywhere, and keep in mind that it is best not to move around Nigeria at all, except if you're in a car with windows rolled up.

So... How Safe Is Nigeria Really?

You should know that there are plenty of foreign governments that advise against traveling to Northern and Central Nigeria altogether due to ethnic quarrels, lawlessness and the murderous Islamist groups such as Boko Haram.

You should avoid gathering anywhere while in Nigeria, and church-goers should not form in groups which are too large due to suicide bombings.

You may encounter jihadist groups in the regions of Borno, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe, and Kano.

When it comes to crime, Nigeria is considered a dangerous destination.

It is strongly advised that you travel in the company of at least one person.

Going to the capital, Abuja is not dangerous as it’s the home of most diplomats and politician so there’s plenty of security there.

Everywhere else, crime levels are high and you are strongly advised against roaming around alone, especially at night.

The roads are also dangerous as there’s a constant threat of an armed robbery.

The Niger delta area is also considered unsafe for tourists, as is Northern Nigeria because of the ethnic and religious tensions that took over this area.

The presence of Boko Haram isn’t helpful either.

The waters outside Nigeria are also dangerous: you are most likely to get attacked by pirates here.

If you’re a member of LGBT, avoid this country.

Homosexuality is ILLEGAL here with penalties of up to death.

In the North of the country, the sharia law is regularly implemented so LGBT travelers are advised to be extremely careful should be very cautious.

Both gay men and lesbian women can be executed.

Refrain from all public or private displays of affection at all cost.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do need a passport in order to enter Nigeria. You will need a valid passport and keep in mind that it is usually impossible to acquire a visa upon arrival so make sure you apply for one well in advance. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - The Nigerian naira is the official currency in Nigeria. ATMs are becoming more and more available throughout the country.
  • Weather - Nigeria has a tropical climate, due to it being located in the tropics, and it is characterized by a rainy and a dry season as in most countries in the tropics. Nigeria's rainy season lasts from May to September during which period it receives extreme amounts of rain.
  • Airports - Murtala Muhammed International Airport is the main airport in Nigeria, serving the entire country. It is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Nigeria, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Nigeria Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 27° C
Feb 29° C
Mar 30° C
Apr 29° C
May 28° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 26° C
Nov 28° C
Dec 27° C
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21 Reviews on Nigeria

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    Maria Gorretti says:

    Nigeria is not that bad!!!

    Now, Murtala Mohammed Airport is the main airport in Nigeria? This is incorrect.

    There are insecurity issues but definitely not as bad as this review paints it. I could be attacked just as easily in the US as I could in Nigeria.

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    Ola Richard says:

    Nigeria, a place to be

    All of the reviews here are misrepresentation. Every country has their level of risk but what is written here is exaggerated. The country is secure, warm to foreigners and also an abode to visitors. This does not mean that some level of caution is required

    Northern Nigeria has religious Islamic jihadist. East and west is as save as other cities in the world

  3. Beautiful Nigeria

    In my opinion, this article is highly exaggerated.

    Sure, there are certain safety measures that need to be taken, just as in any other country.
    There are a number of problems I have with this article.

    First of all, Nigeria is steadily becoming a much more diverse country, and tourists are widely accepted here, in fact, most Nigerians are happy when they meet a tourist appreciating their way of life.

    Secondly, for the most part, this article is correct.

    However, I strongly disagree with the fact that transportation is a high risk. The ‘Keke’, commonly known as ‘Tuk Tuks’ is enjoyed by travelers due to low costs and friendly drivers; and the mugging? Really?. Muggings and pick-pocketing are high in almost every country in the world.

    I suggest you, yourself should experience the true beauty of Nigeria, rather than basing this article off of your own prejudice.

    For the most part, I did agree with most of this article, just needs a bit of editing in my opinion.

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    N.Fishel says:


    Traffic was impossible, police were abusive and corrupt, the people were unfriendly and inhospitable and the government was almost non-existent. There was this sense of foreboding that you could not escape. It was as if something bad was about to happen and everybody knew what it was except you. You see very few smiles and a lot of angry faces there. One of the most depressing places I have ever been to. I could not wait to get out.

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      Anonymous says:

      May God forgive you!

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      Victoria Anthony says:

      Yo,Unfriendly you say.That’s no true.Nigerians welcome are more friendly with foreign than they are with their fellow nigerians.

    3. Wow I plan to go but reading ur comment about Nigeria I’m staying home in America

    4. This cannot be true.
      Perhaps you were so prejudiced and it stopped you from experiencing the hospitable nature of majority of Nigerians.

  5. Not Bad

    Nigeria Is Even Safer Than Egypt

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    Anonymous says:

    Sadly, I want to make my country look good but most of these factors are pure truth. Though as a locale, I know how to enjoy my homeland with understanding and precautions too, you too can

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    Anonymous says:


    Since when was Nigeria dangerous? According to this website, NIGER is safer than Nigeria. Wasn’t it the other way round?

  8. Exaggerating

    Who ever wrote this article, must be the dumbest person on earth. I can get mugged even in usa and all places in Europe. I hope other foreigners are not gullible to believe this piece of beautiful nonsense.

  9. K
    Kira Liam says:


    Nigeria is the most horrible place I have ever been to, the rate of crimes is extraordinary the police are corrupt

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    BGood Man. says:

    The United States is more dangerous than Nigeria. Reasons………there are more shootings and killing of people in the U.S.A than it happens in Nigeria. Racial discrimination does occur frequently in the whole of Europe and America. All sorts of immorality are more rampant in the Western world than you can ever witness on the continent of Africa as a whole. Even, democratic principles were ridiculed by the so called the Liberty country recently. But in Nigeria we witnessed a smooth transition in 2015; despite the fact that an opposition political party defeated an incumbent government then. What a brain twisting write-up about Nigeria you have put here? What a trash? For we Nigerians, we are really enjoying our country irrespective of the difficulties we might be experiencing now. It is a temporary situation. We will get over it soon.

  11. B
    BGood Man. says:

    Nigeria: A good country.

    Nigeria is a very good country. This write-up is just a trash. It is brain twisting.

  12. G
    Glointheedark says:

    The most fun you'll ever experience is in Nigeria

    Brought all my American friends to Nigeria. We did a weekend in Lagos hoping in and out of ubers and then headed to the east, Enugu. All my friends had a ball and they are even planning on coming back again this year.

    This article should calm down.

    Guys If you are coming to Nigeria just come with a friend who is Nigerian and you will have the most fun of your life.

    Doubt me check our my youtube: glointheedark and see all the adventures and beautiful places i go to in Nigeria as a Nigerian American!

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    Olufemi says:

    This is misleading!

    This article definitely does not represent the Nigeria where I live and work. Like any other country, there are issues in Nigeria but not as painted in this jaundiced write-up. I really don’t know which Nigeria the writer went to…

  14. I just came back from Nigeria (Lagos/Victoria Island) yesterday, May 8th, 2021. I wouldn’t go to the North if you paid me, but in VI I had ZERO issues. I stayed in a safe estate and the restaurants were simply AMAZING! The amount of politeness and courtesy was 2nd to none. Btw I’m white!

    The reviewer has never been to Nigeria.

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    Miracle peter says:

    Good as any other country

    Inside 100℅ of the article na 10℅ be true

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    Aderounmu Aisha says:

    This article is unfair to Nigerians

    This article based on pure lies and prejudice. It’s true that we experience this crimes in our country but we have peace of mind which literally mean that it’s not as bad as you claim it to be. Moreover, Nigerians are widely known for welcoming foreigner and we love it when they attempt to have a taste of our way of life

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    Anonymous says:

    This is the worst. This could happen in all countries. My mum and family live in Nigeria and nothing happened to them

Rated 3.38 / 5 based on 21 user reviews.

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