A visa is one of the most crucial documents to have while traveling between countries because it allows you to enter another country. There are some visa-free countries Nigerians can go to. This article will highlight them for you.
The struggle to get visas to travel to other countries can be very expensive and stressful, and even after going through all the stress of having to travel to the nearest embassy, joining the unending queue even after arriving at 5:00 am and the unnecessary interview questions it is still not guaranteed that you will get the visa. Sad, right?
I recently realized that there are many countries one can travel to without a visa from Nigeria. I know you are wondering if you read this right; yes, you did. There are visa-free countries in the world that Nigerians can travel to with only their passport and some necessary documents.
When travelling to countries in West Africa, the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) has made it so that one can travel to countries in West Africa without a visa. Countries in West Africa include Ghana, Togo, Bénin, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone etc.
Visa-free countries for Nigerians
According to the Henley Passport Index, Nigerian citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 45 countries and territories as of 2 July 2021, putting the Nigerian passport 98th in travel freedom.
Requirements for visiting visa-free countries
Although a Nigerian passport allows you to travel to approximately 45 countries without requiring a visa, you will need to prepare some documents that may be requested at entry into the nation you wish to visit. Some of the things you’ll need before leaving the country are:
- Your International Passport
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Return ticket
If you are looking for countries to travel to visa-free, here is a list of these countries
- Barbados: It is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, located in the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, in the Caribbean area of the Americas. It has a population of approximately 287,000 people and covers 432 km2 (167 sq mi) (2019 estimate). Bridgetown serves as the country’s capital and major city. Nigerians can travel to Barbados without a visa and stay in the country for six months.
- Cambodia: it is a country located in Southeast Asia. Nigerians can travel visa-free to the country, but you will need a visa upon arrival. You can only stay in the country for 30days at a stretch.
- Dominica: Dominica, formally the Commonwealth of Dominica, is a Caribbean island nation. It is one of the countries Nigerians can travel visa-free with a 6months stay.
- Haiti: it is an island located in the Caribbean. Haiti is the third-largest country in the Caribbean by area, measuring 27,750 km2 (10,714 sq mi), and has a population of 11.4 million people, making it the Caribbean’s most populous country. Port-au-Prince is the capital of Haiti. You can visit this country without a visa and stay for 3months.
- Iran: Iran is a country situated in the Middle East. You can travel to the country without a visa, but you will need to get one arrival to the country. You can stay in Iran for 30 days.
- Maldives: The Maldives is a small country situated in Asia. It is the smallest country in Asia. One can take a visa-free trip to the country, but you would get a free visa on arrival at the country with a 30-day stay.
- Seychelles: it is an island country near Africa. Nigerians travelling to this country can get a free visitors permit on arrival, which allows them to stay in the country for a period of 3months.
- Mauritius: Mauritius is a small island off the coast of East Africa. Nigerians are granted a two-week visa on arrival in this nation.
- Micronesia: Micronesia is the world’s tiniest country. It is a Pacific island nation in the western Pacific. Nigerians can enter the country without a visa for 30 days.
- Palestine: Palestine is a de jure sovereign state, as recognized by the UN and other organizations. Nigerians are allowed to enter without a visa.
ALSO READ: 14 leading betting sites in Nigeria
Nigeria visa-free countries in Europe
I, for one, never thought that there were countries in Europe one can visit visa-free. But there are.
Citizens of the country with a Nigerian passport can visit 27 European countries without obtaining a visa.
Here is a list of countries in Europe Nigerians can travel visa-free.
- Georgia: Georgia is a country in Eastern Europe that borders Western Asia. Russia and Turkey are both neighbours. Nigerians can get a visa on arrival in this country if they already have a Schengen visa.
- Cook Islands: The Cook Islands are a self-governing island nation in the South Pacific Ocean. New Zealand provides the country with military support. Visa-free entrance to the Cook Islands is available for 31 days.
Nigeria visa-free countries in Asia
Currently, there a five Nigeria visa-free countries in Asia, namely Cambodia, Iran, Maldives, Timor-Leste and Palestine. But only Palestine gives free entry to Nigerians; the others grant visas on arrival.
Here is a list of Asian countries Nigerians can visit without a visa.
- Cambodia: Cambodia is a Southeastern Asian country. Nigerian residents are granted a 30-day visa upon arrival.
- Iran: This is a well-known Middle Eastern Asian nation. In 1935, the country was renamed Iran from Persia, its previous name. Meanwhile, excursions to Iran’s ancient cities, Armenian churches, and museums are available. On the other hand, Iran is a Nigeria visa-on-arrival nation, with a maximum stay of 30 days with the visa.
- Maldives: This South Asian country is made up of over a thousand coral islands, excluding tourist resort islands. Couples seeking an amazing honeymoon should visit this country known for its abundant agricultural and surfing beaches. Meanwhile, as a Nigerian, you can enter the nation for free with a 30-day visa on arrival.
- Timor-Leste: This country is referred to as East Timor by many people. The Lesser Sunda Islands it is located in Southeast Asia, northwest of Australia. Timor-Leste is one of your options for scuba diving and sea exploration, despite its modest size. In the meanwhile, Nigerians can enter East Timor without a visa. The Nigeria visa requirement also stipulates a 30-day maximum stay.
- Palestine: Palestine is a country in Western Asia with Jerusalem as its capital. Despite the fact that Palestine is not a tourist destination, it has more historical, religious, and cultural significance than any other country on the planet. As a result, the number of Muslims and Christians making pilgrimages to the country has increased. In the meanwhile, while Nigeria is a visa-free country, you cannot reach the Gaza Strip by boat.
ECOWAS passport visa-free countries
Nigeria is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a community of 15 countries. Nigerians can travel to these countries with just their passports and stay for 30 to 90 days.
The ECOWAS passport was created to facilitate the intra-travel of citizens of member states. The passport can be used without the region and for international travels.
Here is a list of the ECOWAS passport countries Nigerians can travel to without a visa.
- Burkina Faso
- Sierra Leone
- The Gambia
- Ivory Coast
- Cape Verde
Visa-free countries for Turkey
Turkey and the European Union have been in talks for many years, and Turkey may join the EU and the Schengen Area in the near future. Turkish passport holders would be able to travel to a variety of new nations in Europe and beyond without requiring a visa.
Earlier this year, Turkey announced that they would be given visa-free entry to citizens in six countries in Europe and also to citizens in some other parts of the world; here is a list of countries:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- South Korea
ALSO READ: Longest bridges in Africa