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Country Information


Travel money

  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
in addition to:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in euro (EUR)
    Exchange cash into local currency outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • The Travel Cash Mastercard card is occasionally accepted at major hotels and restaurants.

Credit cards

  • Credit cards are rarely accepted. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.


Local currency / ISO Code
West CFA franc XOF
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
XOF 100 =~ CHF 0.21 ; CHF 1 =~ XOF 476.19 (09/2019)
Import local currency
Import foreign currency
Export local currency
up to XOF 25'000.00
Export foreign currency
  • Euros are preferred when using foreign currency to exchange for local currency (especially outside the cities).
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Prior to leaving the country, it is advisable to spend local banknotes or to exchange them back into hard currency.
  • Exchanging XOF in Switzerland may cause problems and result in considerable exchange loss.
  • Small amounts better accepted than large amounts.

Time difference with Switzerland

+/- 0 h; - 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language



Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)


220 volt; 2-pronged round plug / adapter required for 3-pronged plug

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after end of stay with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Niamey, Coopération Suisse et Agence consulaire, B.P. 728
Tel. +227 20 73 39 16

Opening hours

7.30 - 11.30 h and 15.30 - 17.30 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.30 h und 15.00 - 18.30 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.30 h (Sat)

Health situation

Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of malaria in certain areas.
Vaccination against yellow fever mandatory.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Travel to this country is not advised due to internal conflicts.


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