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Niger

Visitor Information

Climate | Latest Travel Advice | Visas & Immigration | Money | Local Time | Getting Around | Public Holidays | Electrical Power | Travel Insurance


CLIMATE

Niger is one of the hottest countries in the world, particularly in the north, where the intense heat often cause the rain the evaporate before it hits the ground. On the average, rainfall in the Air Massif is limited to 7 inches annually, and most of this comes during a single two month period. In the south, rainfall averages some 22 inches annually, varying from about 9 inches in Zinder to 30 inches at Niamey; the rainy season is from June through September, with most rain falling in July and August. From November to February the weather is dry and cooler. The temperature fluctuates from 29.4°C (85°F) during the dry season to 40.5°C (105°F) during the humid season.

Climate Chart for Niamey
Climate Chart

For today's weather forecast see    CNN - Africa Weather Forecasts


LATEST TRAVEL ADVICE

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (London)
US State Department - Travel Warnings


VISAS & IMMIGRATION

Visas are required by all except nationals from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and UK. and most North & West African countries. Visa are usually issued for 1 month but are extendable in Niamey.


MONEY

Official Currency:    West African CFA=100 centimes
Current Exchange Rate:    Today's Exchange Rate

Credit cards are accepted on a limited basis. Travellers cheques are exchangeable in bank and are acceptable by a few businesses.


. BANKING & BUSINESS HOURS

Banking:    Monday to Friday: 0800-1100 and 1600-1700
Shops:     Monday to Friday: 0800-1200 and 1600-1900    Saturday: 0800-1200


LOCAL TIME

Niger is one hour ahead of GMT

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TRANSPORT & GETTING AROUND



Domestic Flights:
A domestic service is available from Niamey to Agadez, Arlit, Zinder and Maradi.

Public Transport:
The government runs bus service is fairly efficient and comfortable. but expensive. Most the most centres are connected. Bush taxis also cover all the major routes and are cheaper but slower, and more crowded. You can also hitch rides with private cars or lorries, but agree a price before setting out.


Self Drive / Hire Cars:

Map & Atlases for Sale

Hire cars are available on a limited basis but are expensive. Petrol stations are few and far between. Many lesser used tracks become impassable during the rains and often a 4 wheel drive vehicle is needed. Driving is on the right hand side and an International Driving Licence is required. If you are entering the country in your own vehicle you will need a Carnet de Passage.

The Africa Guide's recommended Map
Niger - Sheet Map   Niger - Sheet map    (Maps Worldwide)
Full colour - Institut Geographique National (IGN) - Countries and Cities of the World
General road and relief map with index and town plans

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

1st January New Year's Day
1st May Worker's Day
3 August Independence Day
5 September Settler's Day
18th December Republic Day
25th December Christmas Day
Variable holidays Good Friday and Easter Monday, and various Islamic Holidays

ELECTRICAL POWER

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are :
Flat blade attachment plug - view
Round pin attachment plug - view
Round pins with ground - view
Round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin - view
"Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts - view
 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you need medical care whilst in Niger, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local embassy or representative.

To be compensated you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.

It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country.

You can check out the following websites which specialise in long term travellers, adventure travellers, backpackers and workers based abroad.

Insure and Go - UK Travellers
whether it's for a one off holiday or if you travel many times over the year, if you're off backpacking before university or you're retired and looking to explore the world; if you're after winter sports cover or if it's for a business trip, a wedding abroad or a golfing weekend away, we have a policy at the right price to ensure you have the peace of mind that you are covered for the unexpected while you're away.
 
InsureMyTrip - USA travellers
A trusted resource that serves millions of customers worldwide, our licensed customer services representatives help travelers find the right insurance plan, offering one of the industry's largest customer ratings and reviews forum and a unique customer advocacy program that provides one-on-one assistance to travelers before, during, and after their trip.
 


Downunder Insurance - UK - Australia and New Zealand Travellers
offers travel insurance to travellers and residents in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Our cover ranges from basic to highly comprehensive, with affordable policies aimed at backpackers and gap-year students, but with cover available to travellers and holiday makers up to 55 years of age.

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