|Typhoid & Polio
Medical care in the country cannot be compared to Europe and is often highly problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. Medical care in Niamey is limited. French-speaking specialists in the important disciplines are available. German-speaking doctors are not known. The main hospitals are in Niamey and Zinder. Medical care is only reasonably adequate in the larger towns. As medicines are difficult to obtain, it is advisable to bring your own medicines with you. Travel health insurance with emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. Check ebizdir for more information.
 A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers over one year old. This does not apply to transit passengers who do not leave the airport in Niger. Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for all travelers to Niger.  A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel.  There is a risk of malaria all year round in all parts of the country and also in the cities. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine.  Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases that are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks (e.g. hepatitis A, typhoid fever, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases). Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying bottled water, care should be taken to ensure that the original packaging is unopened. Milk is not pasteurized outside of urban areas and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. eating pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.
Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers, especially in the south. Swimming and wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by butterfly mosquitoes, does occur. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Epidemic outbreaks of meningococcal meningitis can occur from December to May, especially in rural areas. To protect yourself, you should get vaccinated and avoid large crowds. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. should be vaccinated and avoid large crowds. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. should be vaccinated and avoid large crowds. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Avian influenza (H5/H5N1) virus was first confirmed in birds in Niger on February 28, 2006. Human illnesses are not known. Travelers should stay away from poultry and avoid any contact with living and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Well-cooked poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed without hesitation. Thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectant solutions is generally recommended as a precautionary measure.
1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc* = 100 centimes. Currency code: CFA Fr, XOF (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000 CFA Fr. Coins come in denominations of 500, 250, 200, 100, 50, 25, 5 and 1 CFA Fr. Note: [*] The CFA Franc (XOF) is issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest ( BCEAO, State Bank of West African States) and used by the 8 members of the African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, CFA Franc (XAF) issued by the State Bank of Central African States is not legal tender in Niger. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.
Visa credit cards are accepted to a very limited extent in some hotels, car rental companies and restaurants, among others. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.
Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can only be withdrawn from ATMs in the capital. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveller’s checks are not accepted in Niger.
Bank opening hours
General Mon-Fri 08.00-12.00 and 15.30-19.00. Sometimes also Sat 08.00-12.00.
Foreign exchange regulations
Unlimited import of the national currency, declaration obligation from 500,000 CFA Fr. The export of the national currency is limited to 25,000 CFA Fr. The import and export of foreign currencies is unlimited, no obligation to declare.
We recommend taking euros with you, which can be exchanged at the airport and in larger banks and hotels. US$ can also be exchanged in exchange offices and in larger banks.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 1.00 €
1 CHF = 1.19 €
1 USD = 0.96 €
|1 EUR = 1.00
1 CHF = 1.19
1 USD = 0.96