It is highly recommended that you go through this list of countries before you plan your holiday trip.
Fellow Nigerians, do you believe that there are 45 countries in the world you could be in right now without visa or get visa on arrival? When President Goodluck Jonathan launched the new 64 page e-passports, presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati had said:“The new 64-page e-passport helps frequent travellers, its gender friendly, forestalls identity theft, cheaper for the aged and low-income earners, conforms with international best practices.”
Visa is still a limiting factor for travelling to Western world “Cost of new e-passport for below 18yrs and 60 years and above is N8,750; change of name as a result of marriage or divorce is also N8,750.
These 45 countries are mostly based in Africa, but there are some which are not.
Some will grant you visa upon arrival for a small fee.
See the Visa-Free Countries Below:
1. Bangladesh (Visa on arrival)
2. Barbados (Visa free for 6 months)
3. Benin Republic (Visa free)
4. Burkina Faso (Visa free)
5. Burundi (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
6. Cameroon (Visa free)
7. Cape Verde (Visa on arrival)
8. Chad (Visa free)
9. Comoros Island (Visa on arrival)
10. Cote d’Ivoire (Visa free)
11. Djibouti (Visa on arrival)
12. Dominican (Visa free for 21 days)
13. Fiji Island (Visa free for 4 months)
14. Gambia (Visa free for 90 days)
15. Georgia (Visa on arrival)
16. Ghana (Visa free)
17. Guinea (Visa free)
18. Guinea Bissau (Visa free for 90 days)
19. Haiti (Visa free for 90 days)
20. Iran (Visa on arrival)
21. Kenya (Visa on arrival for 90 days)
22. Liberia (Visa free)
23. Madagascar (Visa on arrival for 90 days)
24. Maldives (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
25. Mali (Visa free)
26. Mauritania (Visa on arrival)
27. Mauritius (Visa free for 90 days)
28. Micronesia (Visa free for 30 days)
29. Mozambique (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
30. Nauru (Visa on arrival)
31. Niger Republic (Visa free)
32. Palau (Visa on arrival for 30 days )
33. Samoa (Visa on arrival for 60 days )
34. Senegal ( Visa free )
35. Seychelles (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
36. Sierra Leone (Visa free)
37. Somalia (Visa on arrival)
38. Sri Lanka (Electronic travel authorisation)
39.Tanzania (Visa on arrival)
40. Timor-Leste (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
41. Togo (Visa free)
42. Tuvalu (Visa on arrival for 30 days)
43. Uganda (Visa on arrival)
44. Vanuatu (Visa free for 30 days)
45. Antigua and Barbuda (Electronic Entry Visa)
Nigerians have for some time faced enormous problems when going to a foreign embassy to apply for visa. It is estimated that millions of Nigerians yearly get rejected visas in embassies all over the world.
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 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.
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.
If you’d like to learn a little French 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.
You don’t require a visa to visit Sierra Leone. You just have to book your return ticket and you’re good to go.
Somalia is another visa free country and you can stay in the country for up to 30 days without a visa.
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
You can now travel to any of this countries to study, work or do some tourism as long as you have your valid passport with you and other legal documents.
It is also worthy to note that this list is subjected to change since any of the enlisted countries might decide to retract or change their favorable policies anytime. We will keep this list as up to date as possible.