Are you thinking about going abroad? Although most countries worldwide do require Nigerians to get a visa before arrival, there are over 50 countries where you can enjoy hassle-free travel, fortunately.
Generally speaking, it’s easiest to travel in Africa where you can visit countries such as Madagascar, Namibia, and Ethiopia with a simple visa on arrival. However, if you are keen to explore a different continent, there are a few options available such as Bolivia in South America or Iran in the Middle East. What’s more, there are several islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific offering easy access to Nigerians too.
If you have a destination in mind for which you need to get a visa before you can travel, make sure you’re clued up on the conditions and requirements before you book your trip. You can use a global visa website to find out more about the specific visa policies for each country based on your nationality. In addition, these websites can help with getting e-visas (electronic visas) to many destinations worldwide.
Which Countries Can Nigerians Visit Visa-Free?
Nigerians can visit a total of 20 countries without needing any sort of visa. Travellers are generally granted 30 days’ entry, but in some countries, it can be more. For instance, if you travel to Benin, Chad, Gambia, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, or Senegal, you can stay for 90 days. Meanwhile, if you are travelling to Barbados or Dominica, you can stay for a massive 180 days.
Here is the list of visa-free destinations for Nigerian passport-holders:
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Although you won’t need any special documents to travel to these destinations, it’s important you check that your passport will be valid for the entire duration of your trip before you set off.
Where Can Nigerians Get a Visa on Arrival?
The next best thing after visa-free travel is the possibility to get a visa on arrival. This saves you the time otherwise spent at embassies and collecting endless documents needed to get a standard visa. Visas on arrival tend to be quick and easy, and are processed directly at your point of entry into the country. Nigerians can currently visit a total of 25 countries in this way, with the length of stay ranging from 14 to 90 days.
Here is the list of countries offering visas on arrival for Nigerians:
If you are looking to make a longer trip, the following countries grant stays of up to 90 days: Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Madagascar, Malawi, and Seychelles.
What Should You Do if You Need to Get a Visa for Your Holiday?
For countries requiring a pre-arranged embassy visa, the process to get the document can vary considerably. Each country will have its own rules, requirements and conditions, so the best thing to do is to check with the nearest embassy or consulate of the destination you wish to visit. They will be able to inform you in the following:
What documents and information do you need to provide?
How long it takes to process the visa?
How many days you will be able to stay in the country?
How much does the visa costs?
It’s also important that your passport is valid beyond your return date. In addition, there is often a minimum number of months your passport needs to be valid for in order to be granted a visa, so make sure you check this carefully.