The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria temporarily closed its visa services and services for American citizens Wednesday until further notice. No reason was given for the closure, but an announcement on the embassy’s website said the closure was “due to reasons beyond our control.” Other offices within the embassy remain open.

Key points:

  • The embassy’s closure does not affect operations at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, and visa appointments may be rescheduled there. Visa applicants with urgent travel needs are also asked to contact the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.
  • Applicants with scheduled appointments for Abuja will be contacted to reschedule.
  • American citizens in northern Nigeria needing emergency services should contact the after-hours number for Abuja and request assistance from the operator.

BAL Analysis: The announcement did not indicate how long the closure would last or when the U.S. embassy would reopen. Visa applicants should anticipate that they may need to travel to Lagos for visa appointments during the suspension in services in the capital.

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