VISA FREE countries for Nigerian Passport Holders

There is a vox populi opinion that dual citizenship is arguably the best heritage of a Nigerian. Beyond the challenges of everyday life in Nigeria, the difficulties in travelling abroad for holidays, business or leisure while holding a Nigerian passport are well documented. From the preconceived prejudices at ports of entry to the visa denials on the most ambiguously flippant premises, there seems to be little benefit for the Nigerian passport holder.

But when life gives you lemons…?

While the Nigerian passport might rank 101st out of 199 countries on the Henley Index, there are still well over 20 countries Nigerians can visit without visas and even more countries that offer visa-on-arrival. YES! No visa applications, No long processing times, No nerve racking visa interviews, No Need for Fasting and Prayer. Just Buy your ticket and fly away.

So we will examine three categories.

CATEGORY 1: Visa Free Destinations for Nigerian Passport Holders

CATEGORY 2: Visa on Arrival Destinations for Nigerian Passport Holders

CATEGORY 3: e-Visa Destinations for Nigerian Passport Holders

CATEGORY 1: Visa Free Destinations for Nigerian Passport Holders

The Official Travel Document of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

These are countries that DO NOT require visas from Nigerian passport holders. All you will need as a Nigerian is a valid passport at the port of Entry. The passport must be valid for the duration of stay. While most of the countries in this list are in West Africa, there are some choice destinations in the Caribbean. These countries permit visa free entry from 30 days to as much as 180 days.

Below is the list of countries in this category:

Barbados

Benin Republic

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Chad

Cook Islands

Cote d’Ivoire

Dominican Republic

Fiji

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Haiti

Liberia

Mali

Micronesia

Montserrat

Niger

Niue

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Senegal

Sierra Leone

Togo

Vanuatu

CATEGORY 2: Visa on Arrival Destinations for Nigerian Passport Holders

Visa on Arrival is obtained at the Port of Entry

Countries in this category issue visa to Nigerian passport holders on arrival. This means that Nigerians do not need to apply for travel visas to these destinations prior to travel as they can be obtained at the port of entry. This eliminates the need for document submission at embassies, visa agents, interviews and long visa processing times.

While some visas on arrival are free, some others require a small fee so, it is important that the traveller has the required amount in the approved currency at the port of entry. Countries on the list issue visas to Nigerian on arrival with a validity period of between 2 weeks and 90 days. Take note that these visas are issued at the discretion of the immigration authority.

Below is the list of countries in this category:

Bolivia

Cambodia

Cape Verde

Comoros Islands

Ethiopia

Iran

Kenya

Lebanon

Madagascar

Maldives

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mozambique

Namibia

Palau

Rwanda

Samoa

Seychelles

Somalia

Timor-Leste

Tuvalu

Uganda

CATEGORY 3: e-Visa Destinations for Nigerian Passport Holders

E-Visas are applied for and obtained ONLINE

Holders of the Nigerian passport would need to obtain an e-Visa before arriving in the following destinations. E-visas can be applied for by individuals via the country’s dedicated visa website. Documents are uploaded on the website and fee payments are made online through credit / debit cards or payment wallets.

Below is the list of countries in this category:

Albania

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Bahrain

Columbia

Djibouti

Gabon

Kyrgyzstan

Lesotho

Malawi

Moldova

Norfolk Island

Pakistan

Qatar

Sao Tome and Principe

Singapore

South Sudan

St. Helena

Suriname

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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