Family members of US citizens begin to leave Abuja –

Family members of citizens of the United States of America have started to leave the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, following the terrorist alert issued by the country and other foreign missions.

The US State Department confirmed the developments on Friday apart from an updated notice from the Mission to Nigeria.

The State Department said the families as well as non-emergency personnel in Abuja had been ordered to leave.

In the statement, he said the departure order only applied to family members and non-essential workers had a choice but were not required to leave.

“The Department of State has taken the decision to recommend the orderly departure of (family members) to Abuja out of an abundance of caution due to a high risk of terrorist attacks in Nigeria,” a department spokesperson said.

An update from the US Mission to Nigeria on Friday said: “The travel advisory for Nigeria has been updated due to an increased risk of terrorist attacks in Abuja. We recommend that US citizens do not to travel to Abuja for now.

“In addition, on October 27, 2022, the Department ordered the departure of family members of US government employees from Abuja due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks, following the October 25 departure clearance. non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members. of Abuja due to the increased risk of terrorist attacks.

“US citizens should consider leaving Abuja using available business options. U.S. citizens who wish to depart but are unable to obtain commercial options to do so may contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos at [email protected] help.

“The US Embassy in Abuja is only able to provide emergency assistance to US citizens in Abuja. The United States Consulate General in Lagos provides all routine and emergency services to United States citizens in Nigeria. US citizens in Nigeria who require assistance should contact [email protected] or +234 1 460 3410.”

Those wishing to travel to Nigeria were given the following guidelines:

Carry proper identification, including a US passport with a current Nigerian visa, if required.

Be careful when walking or driving at night.

Keep a low profile.

Review routes and travel times to vary your predictability.

Monitor local media for major events and be prepared to adjust your plans.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Stay vigilant in places frequented by Westerners.

Avoid demonstrations and large political gatherings.

Review your personal safety plans.

Have evacuation plans that are not dependent on US government assistance.

Establish a “proof of life” protocol with your loved ones, so that if you’re taken hostage, your loved ones know specific questions (and answers) to ask hostage takers to make sure you’re alive ( and exclude a hoax).

Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in the event of an emergency.

Obtain comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation.

Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

View the Country Security Report for Nigeria.

Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the traveler’s checklist.

Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your trip.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before planning international travel and read the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for country-specific COVID-19 information.

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