Countries Nigerians Can Travel To Visa-Free
December 06th, 2018
According to the Global Passport Power Rank 2018 report, the Nigerian passports is ranked 82nd in freedom to travel across the world. This makes securing a visa often difficult and strenuous. Leading many to find it hard to believe that there are some lovely countries that Nigerians can travel to without a visa.
This is why we have compiled a list of some of these countries that Nigerians can travel to without a visa. But note that there’s a stipulated length of time for which you can stay in these countries without a visa, and when this period elapses, you’ll be required to obtain a visa. Also, visa guidelines are liable to change and it is imperative to stay updated with your consulate.
List of Visa-Free Countries for Nigeria
Starting with African Countries;
Gaining independence from France in 1960, the Republic Of Benin has gone through a lot of changes down the years. A neighbouring country to Nigeria, Nigerians can enter the country visa-free; as instituted by the Economic Community of West African States. Benin Republic is home to many beautiful tourist attractions, and notable of the lot is the Pendjari National Park, which was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in March 2009.
The country’s name means “The land of honest men”, Burkina Faso is home to a significant amount of gold reserves. Nigerians can visit the country on a visa-free basis and can stay as long as you can provide a return ticket.
Burkina Faso is the host nation of one of the most important African handicraft fairs in the world. The International Arts and Crafts Fair in Ouagadougou, also known by its French name as ‘SIAO’; Le Salon International de L’Artisanat de Ouagadougou.
The African country is also famous for its music and drumming culture. If you are interested in learning West African drumming, then this is the country to visit!
Burundi an East African country offers Nigerians a 30-day visa-free entry duration, as it one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holders. With a population of about 11 million people, Burundians have enjoyed a tradition of expression in the visual arts. Decorated papyrus panels, which feature geometric patterns and often depict themes from Burundian legend, are prized by collectors of ethnic arts, as are Burundian-made swords and drums. Ceramic manufacture, introduced by Italian missionaries in the 1960s, has also been an important form of artistic expression, and Burundian potters have added indigenous elements to this imported medium.
The West African country which shares one of its borders with Nigeria allows Nigerians to visit visa-free. Cameroon is known as “Africa in miniature” and boasts of the tallest mountain in West Africa and terrain that includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains and high plateau.
Tourist attractions in the country include the Benedictine Museum of Mont Febe, Limbe Botanic Garden, National Museum of Yaounde and the Kribi.
Cape Verde is an island country located on the West African coast. The official language is Portuguese and the national language is Kriolu. The country is one of the most welcoming and safe tourist destinations in Africa and it offers Nigerians visa-free entry.
Nigerians do not need a visa to visit Chad. Located in the central African region, it’s easily the home and base of a wide variety of wild animals. Whenever you visit the country, you can pay a visit to the Zakouma National Park; which has 44 species of large animals, and several species of birds. And for those into historical artefacts, the country is full of interesting sandstone formations – graceful fingers of rock and many hundreds of natural arches.
Although Comoro Islands is enlisted as one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians, you can acquire a visa on arrival. Comoros offers a lot of get-away ideas with its different and exciting constellation of islands. You can visit the Lac Sale; an amazing lake with a unique 360-degree view of its scenery, while catching a glimpse off the coast beyond Hahaya.
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Cote d’Ivoire or Ivory Coast is one of the visa-free countries Nigerians can visit. The capital city; Abidjan is laced with lagoons and close to the ocean. It also boasts of many hills and lush tropical flora.
If you are ever in Cote d’Ivoire, you can visit the beautiful Cathedral of Abidjan, perched on a hill overlooking the city; the Parc du Banco, a virgin rainforest; and the large open-air markets in Cocody, Treichville, and other suburbs.
Djibouti is a small African country with a little population. Nigerians can visit Djibouti without having to pay a dime for a visa as it has been enlisted as one of the visa-free countries for Nigerians. The country has some pretty amazing sights. Some include; The Lac Assal (Lake Assal) which stand to be the lowest point in Africa and the third-lowest world over and still has awesome scenery. You could also go scuba diving across the country’s terrain or paddle for hours in a kayak.
Regarded as the smallest country in Africa, The Gambia offers Nigerian visit without a visa for up to 90 days. There are different tourist ideas in the country; you could visit the Kachikally Crocodile pool or the beautiful Sanyang Beach. Road trips to different parts of the country are usually very exciting. The country also has a very wide variety of wildlife. It’s no surprise that the Country is one of the visa-free countries for Nigerian
As part of ECOWAS benefits, Nigerians can enter Ghana visa-free or sometimes may be given a visa on arrival. The country is famous for its various slave trade historic artefacts like the forts built by the British, Danish, Dutch, Germans, Portuguese, and the Swedish dotted along the coast. You can also visit the two renowned national parks inland, hang out on the beautiful beaches such as Winneba and Kokrobite or check out the remote history of the Ashanti, including the Asantehene’s Palace, the Manhiya Palace and Okomfo Anokye Sword.
A country of incredible wildlife, Kenya is known as one of Africa’s most impressive locations for tourism and vacation. Nigerians have access to 90-days free visa entry into Kenya. You can travel to Kenya for a fun ride through the wild safari and engage in fun activities such as sunset watching and snorkelling.
Iconic landmarks such as Mount Kenya stand above the savannah flatlands and tropical woodlands while its waterfalls are nestled within the foothills. Refreshing breezes drift across the Indian Ocean to rejuvenate your soul in the country’s many coastal towns and islands. From her highest peaks to her deepest ocean depths, Kenya offers you an African dream trip of a lifetime!
After separating from India over 88 million years ago, Madagascar is now a part of the African continent and is situated off the South East coast of Mozambique. Regarded as the world’s 4th largest island, visiting Nigerians can get a 90-days visa on arrival. This is more than enough time to enjoy swimming, snorkelling, and some smooth surfing in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Other African countries you can visit from Nigeria without needing to have a visa are:
Guinea Bissau (visa-free for 90 days)
Mauritania (visa on arrival)
Mauritius (visa-free for 90 days)
Mozambique (visa-free for 30 days)
Niger Republic (visa-free)
Seychelles (visitor’s permit on arrival for 1 month)
Sierra Leone (visa-free)
Somalia (visa on arrival)
Tanzania (visa on arrival)
Uganda (visa on arrival)
Located in the Caribbean region of North America, Barbados opens its doors to Nigerians for as much as half a year even without a visa. The country boasts of 60 amazing beaches and various restaurants with delightful cuisines. If you want to go shopping there, Bridgetown, Barbados’ capital city, has everything from top-notch jewellery shops to small boutiques.
Dominica is a very popular mountainous Caribbean island that welcomes those seeking great adventure no matter the time of the year for 21 days. Dominica is a must-see destination for adventurers, lovers, tourists and anyone seeking an epic vacation.
This is a popular island that occupies the western third of the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. Nigerians can get a 90-day free visa on arrival. Due to its mountainous terrain, Haiti is a heaven for hikers and explorers. You could pay a visit to the Labadee Resort managed by the Royal Caribbean International. Attractions in Haiti include numerous beaches, water sports, a waterpark and traditional Haitian dance performances.
Some Asian countries Nigerians can visit without a visa include;
Bangladesh (visa on arrival)
Iran (visa on arrival)
Maldives (visa on arrival for 30 days)
Timor-Leste (visa on arrival for 30 days)
Sri Lanka (entry permit on arrival for 30 days)
While all these are among the countries Nigerians can travel to without a visa, they all require that you get a visa on arrival. That said, you still get up to 30 days to be able to have the Visa. For countries that do not state the number of days afforded, confirming with their embassies before embarking on the journey is important.
Most of the countries grouped as Oceania are islands and they are extremely beautiful with high tourist activities;
With a Nigerian Passport, you can stay in Fiji for 4 months without a visa, but you will need a visitor’s permit for the duration of your stay. The permit can be renewed after the visa-free period. In Fiji, there are several incredible beaches with diverse marine life and some of the most appealing tropical scenery.
Located in the north-western region of Oceania, Micronesia offers Nigerians a 30-day visa to on arrival.
A beautiful nation famous for its jellyfish lakes, Palau grants Nigerians a 30-day visa on arrival. Palau is most famous for scuba diving, with amazing dive sites like The Blue Holes, Blue Corner, German Channel and Ulong Channel. Other important places to visit in Palau include the Etpison Museum, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, Icebox Park and Nikko Bay.
Nauru (visa on arrival)
Vanuatu (visa-free for 30 days)
Samoa (entry permit on arrival for 60 days)
Tuvalu (visa on arrival for 30 days)
It is important to understand that before embarking on any journey outside the country, one needs to still confirm with the respective embassy. This is because while it may be among the countries Nigerians can travel to without a visa, countries still reserve the rights to change the laws of entering into their territories at any time.
More so, the purpose of going to any country may affect whether you can come in without a visa or not. For example, if you are going for tourism purpose, it may be different from if you are going on a business trip or something else.
Lastly, when planning to visit any of these countries it is very important to get Travel Insurance. Send a mail lto firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09036000066 to speak with a Customer Service Representative.