For many Nigerians, it could be stressful to apply for and get visas to their intended travel destinations. While the visa is a very important travel document, some nations allow Nigeria to access visa-free!
Yes, you read that right.
Below are seven 7 visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holders.
A Nigerian passport holder can visit and stay in the Caribbean Island nation of Barbados for up to 6 months.
Yes! You read that right.
That green passport of yours can grant you access to the tourist paradise of Barbados visa-free! Subject to some conditions, of course.
Barbados is known for many things, and if you ask a local, they’ll likely tell you that some of the things Barbados is most famous for are Rihanna (obviously), its National Dish Cou Cou and Flying Fish, and Crop Over.
All three are among the significant things the Island of Barbados is most known for, but there are many others, like the fact that the island is considered the birthplace of rum, and was once known as “Los Barbados.”
Any frequent traveler along the coast of West Africa has probably strolled into Benin Republic Visa-free at one time or the other.
The nation is relatively small and has only a few large cities but Benin begs to be explored and rewards travelers with museums, wonderful architecture, and markets that are truly memorable.
The national beauty of Benin also has a lot to tempt tourists. From the paradise Atlantic beaches fringed with palm trees to the national parks teeming with exotic beasts such as lions, cheetahs, and elephants as well as rare bird species.
A trip to Benin (visa-free for 90 days) will feel like a true adventure as there is still so much to discover and the country is only just beginning its life as a tourist destination. Benin is a good introduction to Africa as it has it all: great wildlife, great beaches, great people and culture and it caters well to tourists without feeling like a tourist destination.
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Meaning “Land of the honest people”, Burkina Faso’s traditional cultures are best sampled in its two largest cities: Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioolasso, both have large communities of artists.
The art and architecture of the capital are also worthy of attention, with several landscape sculptures enlivening the streets.
Away from the cities, Burkina Faso’s four national parks harbor a surprising diversity of wildlife. Such as Arli, which is home to a wide range of ecosystems and is an important habitat for West Africa’s last big cats and elephants, hippos, monkeys, and various exotic bird species.
A trip to this landlocked, visa-free country would be worth your while.
Cameroon borders Nigeria to the west, Chad to the northeast, the Central African Republic to the east, and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south.
While Cameroon is not the largest country in Africa, in some ways it’s as large as Africa itself.
Known as “Africa in miniature”, it features French and English speaking portions, Muslim and Christian dominated regions, the tallest mountain in West Africa, and terrain that includes rain forest, desert plains, mountains, and high plateau.
Cameroon’s north is the nation’s primary tourist draw.
The area has several wildlife reserves, including the largest and best-run in West Africa, Waza National Park.
These parks offer both animal viewing and big-game hunting. Animals in this region include cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippopotami, and rhinoceroses. Maroua offers a large crafts market and museums.
Lots of cultures to experience. Cameroon is visa-free for up to 90 days!
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Caribbean. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island.
It is geographically situated as part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.
Dominica’s famous tourist spots include the Indian River in Portsmouth, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Scott’s Head (where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea), and the world’s second-largest boiling lake, which is inside Morne Trois Pitons National Park.
Entry into this Caribbean nation is visa-free for holders of the Nigerian passport for up to 6months.
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Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia, part of Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand. Fiji consists of an archipelago of more than 330 islands—of which about 110 are permanently inhabited.
The island nation is visa-free to Nigerian passport holders for 4 months.
Tourism is the backbone of the Fijian economy. Overall, Fiji can be classed as a mid-range priced destination and so most of Fiji’s accommodation falls into this range. However, world-class luxury resorts residing on isolated islands attract the rich and famous.
Fiji can also be done on a budget, but it is advisable to plan ahead. Budget resorts offer equally beautiful views compared to their wealthier cousins, and Fiji’s internet accessibility is improving which increasingly aids travelers.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis, officially known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is an island country in the West Indies. Located in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles, it is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere, in both area and population.
The country is a Commonwealth realm, with Elizabeth II as Queen and head of state. It is the only federation in the Caribbean.
Nigerian passport holders are eligible to stay in this country visa-free for a period of 3 months.
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.
Christopher Columbus first spotted St. Kitts in 1493, when it was populated with native tribes, but the Europeans didn’t colonize until the British arrived in 1623. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade led to an advanced and luxurious development that was among the best in the Colonial Caribbean.
Nevis is one of the most unspoiled and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air, and long empty beaches, Nevis has a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you.
It’s a very special place famed for its charm and the easy-going genuineness of its people. Come and discover this remarkable jewel for yourself.
All of the above-listed countries permit Nigerian passport holders visa-free entry with varying degrees of allotted time, each nation is relatively tourist-friendly and offers a unique attraction.
Which of these countries would you like to visit first?
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