Niger registered its first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 19, 2020. On March 27, 2020, the President declared a national emergency and imposed a night curfew in the capital in addition to shortened work hours and earlier measures that include the closure of Niger’s borders and a ban on large gatherings. On November 13, 2020, in response to cases rising again, the authorities announced visitors would have to surrender their passports that would be returned only after a negative test following a one-week period of strictly monitored self-isolation.
Reopening of the economy and additional containment measures. The night curfew and restriction on religious gatherings were lifted on May 13. The quarantine of Niamey and the ban on inter-city travel were lifted on May 14. The moratorium on seminars and conferences; restricted work hours and limits on non-essential government business were lifted on May 25. The authorities lifted the air border closure as of August 1 with land borders remaining closed. A negative test result is required before arrival. Price controls for essential goods for 3 months. Niger secured US$114.5 million in emergency financing from the IMF on April 14, 2020 and relief from its debt service to the IMF on April 13, 2020.
Due to the persistence and the eminently pathogenic and contagious nature of Covid-19, the Government has decided on January 5, 2021 to extend the state of emergency for a further period of three months from January 08, 2021. The Council of Ministers has decided to renew the measure to close bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues which expires on January 6, 2021.