As a Nigerian citizen and holder of the Nigerian passport, you are free to visit certain countries without worrying over visa issues because these countries do not require a visa upon entry — as long as you have your passport with you.
Provided you hold a valid Nigerian international passport, you can visit some countries as a Nigerian without obtaining a visa for those countries here in Nigeria. According to the Visa Restrictions Index by Henley & Partners, there are 49 visa free countries for Nigerians.
While some of these countries require that you obtain a visa immediately on arrival, some allow you stay for a specified period before you will be required to obtain a visa, and some will not even require that you obtain a visa, no matter how long you spend.
Here is the list of visa free countries for Nigerians alongside their visa requirements:
- Benin republic (visa free)
- Burkina Faso (visa free)
- Burundi (visa on arrival for 30 days)
- Cape Verde (visa on arrival)
- Cameroon (visa free)
- Chad (visa free)
- Comoros Island (visa on arrival)
- Cote d’Ivoire (visa free)
- Djibouti (visa on arrival)
- Gambia (visa free for 90 days)
- Ghana (visa free)
- Guinea (visa 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 free)
- Mauritania (visa on arrival)
- Mauritius (visa free for 90 days)
- Mozambique (visa free for 30 days)
- Niger republic (visa free)
- Senegal (visa free)
- Seychelles (visitor’s permit on arrival for 1 month)
- Sierra Leone (visa free)
- Somalia (visa on arrival)
- Tanzania (visa on arrival)
- Togo (visa free)
- Uganda (visa on arrival)
- Barbados (visa free for 6 months)
- Dominica (visa free for 21 days)
- Haiti (visa free for 3 months)
- Iran (visa on arrival)
- Sri Lanka (electronic travel authorization)
- Timor-Leste (visa on arrival for 30 days)
- Bangladesh (visa on arrival)
- Micronesia (visa free for 30 days)
- Nauru (visa on arrival)
- Vanuatu (visa free for 30 days)
- Palau (visa on arrival for 90 days)
- Tuvalu (visa on arrival for 30 days)
- Samoa (entry permit on arrival for 60 days)
- Fiji (visa-free for 4 months)
Visa-free Countries for Nigerians: More Details on Visiting
There are over 40 countries that you can visit without a visa. However, there are some things you’ll need before you pack your bags to this country.
As a way of preventing the wrong people gaining entry into these countries, these countries have a few things in place as a means of screening travellers. These include:
- International Passport
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Return ticket
However, there are some countries that you can travel to without applying for a visa but you’ll be asked to pay for the visa alongside the above requirement prior to your entry.
We’ll take a look at each of the countries and highlight the things you need for a hassle-free stay in this country.
For an enjoyable trip to Barbados, you don’t need a visa but you should provide the officials with an e-passport, a proof of sufficient funds in your account as well as a return ticket. However, you can stay for no more than 6 months.
You can stay in the republic of Benin for 3 months before you’re required to produce a visa. So if you don’t mind spending a few months in this country then you can pack your bags and off you go.
- Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is another place you can visit without a visa. However, you can stay here for as long as you’d like.
Cameroon is another visa free country. You can stay in the country for as long as 90 days after which you’ll be expected to have applied for a visa.
- Cape Verde
You don’t need a visa to stay in Cape Verde as long as you can prove to the official that you won’t be staying beyond you r alloted time. This is done by presenting a return ticket indicating your exit date.
You can stay in Chad for as long as 3 months without a visa. You will need to provide a return ticket to indicating that you won’t be staying permanently.
- Cote D’Ivoire
If you’d like to learn a littleFrench just by travelling to a French speaking country for a few months without a visa then Cote D’Ivoire it is.
This is one of the non-African countries where you don’t need a visa. But you’ll need to provide a return ticket to show that you won’t be staying in the country for good.
Fiji is another top destination for travellers that don’t want to go through the rigours of applying for a visa. However, you have a maximum duration of 4 months before you would be asked to produce a visa.
Gambia is another free country if you have a Nigerian passport. But as expected you’ll need to produce a return ticket.
One of the most interesting West African country without having to apply for a visa is Ghana. However, you’ll need to produce a return ticket and passport which you will present prior to entry into the country.
You don’t need a visa to visit Guinea but you need to show that you’ll be returning to your country after your trip with a return ticket.
Guinea Bissau is another country that you can visit without having to apply for a visa but as expected you’ll need to show your return ticket indicating you’ll be returning and sufficient proof of funds showing that you can foot your bill in the course of your trip.
You can stay up to 90 days in Haiti and as expected you should be able to prove that you’ll be returning at the end of your trip.
Mali is another visa-free country. You just need to show that you’ll be staying for the stipulated visa free period and returning to your homeland.
You just have to present your passport at the point of entry. But you’ll need to produce at least $100 as a proof of sufficient fonds.
Liberia is another place you don’t need a visa to visa. You just need to present your return ticket to indicate you’re in the country for only some time.
Niger is another visa free country. interestingly, the country shares boundaries with Nigeria.
You are not required to apply for visa to Senegal as long as you won’t be staying more than 90 days.
- Sierra Leone
You don’t require a visa to visit Sierra Leone. You just have to book your return ticket and you’re good to go.
Togo is another visa-free country in Africa for Nigerians.
The little known Vanuata is another country you can explore without having to apply for a visa permit.
Bangladesh is another visa-free country with 30 days permit to stay in the country. However, you’d need to provide $500 as a proof of sufficient funds and return tickets.
You’re allowed to stay for 30 days in Burundi without a visa.
Comoros is not exactly a visa free but you can still travel without a visa. You’ll get your visa on arrival for $50.
Other countries that allow you to travel but issue a visa on arrival include:
- Timor Leste
- Sri Lanka
Also, these countries require return tickets as well as proof of sufficient funds before you can be granted the visa on arrival.
Somalia is another visa free country and you can stay in the country for up to 30 days without a visa.
Travelling to a visa-free country takes out the extra travel cost attached to a visa while still enjoying the travel experience. Also, it is important your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your date of arrival.
Note: Myanmar, Rwanda, and Sao Tome & Principe all require visas, but their visas can be obtained online.
PS. This list is not evergreen. Countries change their visa policies from time to time, so some countries on this list can change their visa requirements anytime. But we will try our best to keep this list updated.