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Top 10 Visa-Free Countries for Nigerians

Let’s discuss the visa requirements for Nigerian citizens and examine the top 10 visa-free countries for Nigerians.

Visa requirements for citizens of Nigeria are a set of administrative entry restrictions, which the authorities of other states impose on Nigerian citizens. Citizens of Nigeria, as of July 2, 2019, have visa-on-arrival access or visa-free access to forty-five (45) countries and territories around the world, Henley & Partners noted in its report. According to the Henley Passport Index, the Nigerian passport is ranked 98th based on travel freedom.

In countries and territories, where visa-free access is permitted, the access isn’t necessarily a right. Admission into such locations depends on the opinion of border enforcement officers. If you are a visitor, who is engaging in other activities part from tourism (such as unpaid work), you may be required to provide a visa or work permit.

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Away from visa requirements for Nigerian citizens, let’s explore the top 10 visa-free countries for Nigerians

Visa-Free Countries for Nigerians

If you are a citizen of Nigeria and a holder of the Nigerian passport, you can freely visit the countries we will be looking at below without the need to obtain their visa. As of now, there are 45 of such countries, and while some of them make it mandatory that you get a visa immediately on arrival, others permit you to stay for a specified period.

After the period elapses, you are required to acquire a visa. Further, some other countries don’t even require you to obtain a visa, regardless of the length of your stay.

Though these countries grant visa-free entry to Nigerians, you need to do some things before you can be allowed access in this country. The countries have put in place a couple of measures in a bid to screen travellers and prevent the wrong people from stepping a foot into the countries.

These requirements include the following:

  • A valid international passport
  • Accommodation
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Return ticket

There are some countries, however, that grant visa-free access to travellers but require that you pay for the visa, in addition to the above-mentioned requirement, before you can be allowed entry.

It is time we examined the top 10 visa-free countries for Nigerians, along with the things you need to enjoy a hassle-free stay in the destinations:

Barbados

You can travel to Barbados without having to pay for a visa. However, you are required to supply an e-passport, evidence you have enough funds in your bank account, and a return ticket. Barbados will not allow you to stay for more than six months.

Benin

The Republic of Benin lets you stay for three months before asking you to produce a visa. Thus, if you are keen about spending a brief period in the country, you are good to go once you have a valid passport and, of course, ample funds.

Burkina Faso

This country also grants visa-free entry to Nigerian citizens. Fortunately, you can stay in Burkina Faso for as long as you like.

Cameroon

Cameroon is another country that lets you visit without a visa. You are allowed to stay in this country for as long as ninety (90) days. After this period, you have to apply and pay for a visa.

Cape Verde

If you are planning a visit to Cape Verde, no visa is needed. However, you have to prove to officials that you will not be staying beyond your allotted time. To do this, you are required to provide a return ticket that shows your exit date.

Chad

Another visa-free country for Nigerians, you have as long as three months to stay in Chad without a visa. Also, you are required to present a return ticket, which indicates you do not intend staying there permanently.

Cote D’Ivoire

Cote D’Ivoire exempts citizens of Nigeria from obtaining a visa to visit. It is also a good destination to try out if you do not mind learning a little French as Cote D’Ivoire is a French-speaking country.

Dominica

Dominica is one of the non-African countries that grant visa-free access to Nigerians. Like some others mentioned above, you have to present a return ticket, showing you will not be staying in the country permanently.

Fiji

Fiji is yet another top destination if you are one of such travellers, who want to cut down on travel expenses, especially those required to apply for a visa. Fiji only gives a maximum duration of 4 months before asking you to produce a visa.

The Gambia

To travel to this country, no visa is required. All you need is a valid Nigerian passport. However, like the others, the Gambia will request that you produce a return ticket.

But That’s Not the Full Story…

We present you the full list of all 45 visa-free countries for Nigerians, in addition to their visa requirements:

  • Barbados (visa is free for six (6) months)
  • Cambodia (visa to be obtained on arrival within 30 days)
  • Dominica (visa is free for twenty-one (21) days)
  • Haiti (visa is free for the first three (3) months)
  • Iran (visa to be got on arrival)
  • Sri Lanka (electronic travel authorization, ETA)
  • Timor-Leste (visa to be got on arrival within thirty (30) days)
  • Bangladesh (visa to be obtained on arrival)
  • Nauru (visa to be got on arrival)
  • Micronesia (visa is free for thirty (30) days)
  • Palau (visa to be acquired on arrival for 90 days)
  • Samoa (entry permit is required within 60 days of arrival)
  • Vanuatu (visa is free for thirty (30) days)
  • Tuvalu (visa is required within 30 days of arrival)
  • Fiji (visa-free for 4 months)
  • Burkina Faso (visa free)
  • Benin Republic (visa free)
  • Cape Verde (visa on arrival)
  • Burundi (visa on arrival for 30 days)
  • Cameroon (visa free)
  • Comoros Island (visa on arrival)
  • Chad (visa free)
  • Cote d’Ivoire (visa is free)
  • Djibouti (visa to be got on arrival)
  • Gambia (visa free for 90 days)
  • Ghana (visa is free)
  • Guinea (visa is free)
  • Guinea Bissau (visa free for 90 days)
  • Kenya (visa on arrival for 90 days)
  • Liberia (visa free)
  • Madagascar (visa on arrival for 90 days)
  • Maldives (visa on arrival for 30 days)
  • Mali (visa is free)
  • Mauritania (visa on arrival)
  • Mauritius (visa is free for 90 days)
  • Mozambique (visa free for 30 days)
  • Niger republic (visa is free)
  • Senegal (visa is free)
  • Seychelles (visitor’s permit on arrival for one (1) month)
  • Sierra Leone (visa is free)
  • Somalia (visa to be got on arrival)
  • Tanzania (visa to be obtained on arrival)
  • Togo (visa is free)
  • Uganda (visa to be got on arrival)

Visa-free countries in Africa for Nigerians

  • Benin Republic (visa is free)
  • Burkina Faso (visa is free)
  • Burundi (visa to be got on arrival for 30 days)
  • Cape Verde (visa to be obtained on arrival)
  • Cameroon (visa is free)
  • Chad (visa is free)
  • Comoros Island (visa to be got on arrival)
  • Cote d’Ivoire (visa is free)
  • Djibouti (visa to be paid for on arrival)
  • Gambia (visa is free for 90 days)
  • Ghana (visa is free)
  • Guinea (visa is free)
  • Guinea Bissau (visa is free for 90 days)
  • Kenya (visa on arrival for 90 days)
  • Liberia (visa is free)
  • Madagascar (visa to be paid for on arrival for 90 days)
  • Maldives (visa on arrival for 30 days)
  • Mali (visa free)
  • Mauritania (visa on arrival)
  • Mauritius (visa free for 90 days)
  • Mozambique (visa free for 30 days)
  • Niger republic (visa is free)
  • Senegal (visa is free)
  • Seychelles (visitor’s permit on arrival for 1 month)
  • Sierra Leone (visa is free)
  • Somalia (visa to be acquired on arrival)
  • Tanzania (visa to be paid for on arrival)
  • Togo (visa is free)
  • Uganda (visa to be got on arrival)

Visa-Free Countries in Asia for Nigerians

  • Iran (visa is to be got on arrival)
  • Sri Lanka (electronic travel authorization, ETA)
  • Timor-Leste (visa to be paid for on arrival for 30 days)
  • Bangladesh (visa to be got on arrival)
  • Cambodia (visa to be obtained on arrival for 30 days)

Visa-Free Countries in the Americas for Nigerians

  • Barbados (visa is free for 6 months)
  • Dominica (visa is free for 21 days)
  • Haiti (visa is free for 3 months)

Visa-Free Countries in Oceania for Nigerians

  • Micronesia (visa free for 30 days)
  • Vanuatu (visa free for 30 days)
  • Nauru (visa on arrival)
  • Tuvalu (visa on arrival for 30 days)
  • Palau (visa on arrival for 90 days)
  • Fiji (visa-free for 4 months)
  • Samoa (entry permit on arrival for 60 days)

Visa-Free Countries in Europe for Nigerians

There are no European countries, granting visa-free access to Nigerian citizens as of now.

We have come to the end of today’s post on the top 10 visa-free countries for Nigerians. What is your experience travelling to any of these countries? We would love to have your opinion on taking a trip to any of these destinations, where Nigerian passport holders can travel to without a visa.

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