Acquiring a visa can be strenuous for the average Nigerian. Depending on the country, it can take up to two months. Interestingly, there are Visa-free countries for Nigerians. This means that you can travel to these countries without a visa card.
Do you wish to travel out of Nigeria but don’t have a visa card?
Do you possess only an international passport but want to travel abroad?
If your answer to the above questions is YES! Then this article is for you. The essence of this article is to enlighten Nigerians who wish to travel abroad without Visa. In this article also, we have carefully compiled a list of countries you can travel to as a Nigerian without a VISA CARD!!!
Let’s get started!!!
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What Should You Know About these visa Free Countries?
- Since July 2nd, 2019, Nigerian citizens have had access to 51 Visa free countries and territories. According to the Henley Passport Index, the Nigerian passport is 98th in travel freedom.
- Where visa-free access is permitted, such access is not necessarily a right, and admission is at the discretion of border enforcement officers.
- If you are traveling as a visitor engaging in activities other than tourism, including unpaid work, they may require you to get a visa or work permit.
- In this light, the visa free countries for Nigerians will admit any Nigerian, but you will prove that they could allow you to stay in the country.
- Also, these visa free countries require you to own a passport. On arrival, these countries can grant you a visa card.
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Why do I Need to Know about Visa Free Countries for Nigerians?
Most people wonder why Nigerians need to know about visa-free countries. Normally, for every abroad destination, you need a visa that permits you to stay in the country.
But in some cases, such as emergencies, tourism, jobs in African countries, and security, applying for a visa is almost impossible. What do you do in such situations?
If you have an international passport, you must seek refuge in any of these countries. Hence the need to know of some of these visa-free countries for Nigerians.
Most of these visa-free countries are in West Africa, with a few exceptions. Here’s a list below!!!
List of Visa Free Countries for Nigerians
We have drafted out 40+ visa-free countries for Nigerians. They include
- Cote D’Ivoire
- Benin Republic
- Cape Verde
- Guinea Bissau
- Burkina Faso
- The Gambia
- Sierra Leone.
- Timor Leste
- Sri Lanka.
What are the Requirements for Visa free Countries?
In summary, here are the things you need to have access to any of these countries;
- Your International Passport
- Proof of sufficient funds
- Accommodation fee
- Return ticket
Can I Continue my Stay for Free in these Visa Free Countries?
Although the requirements of a Visa for Nigerian immigrants in these countries differ, some countries listed above would grant you a visa upon arrival for a low fee. To qualify, you must possess a valid and authentic Nigerian international passport to enter these countries visa-free.
Also note that once the designated visa-free period in such a country elapses, you may be required to get a visa to validate and legalize your stay and immigration status. Find out more via this link
How long does the Visa Free State Last?
Depending on the country, the visa-free state can last for a while. Countries like Somalia allow you to stay for 3 months, Burundi for just 30 days, Guinea-Bissau for 90 days, and Barbados for 6 months, after which you must get a visa to legalize your stay. The duration for a visa-free state varies from country to country.
How Much does it Cost to Acquire a Visa on Arrival?
The cost of acquiring a visa in any of these visa-free countries differs. In some countries, you’ll get your visa on arrival for $50; it could cost less or high in other countries.
Kindly note that there are other ways and platforms to apply for a visa once you get to these countries. You can apply online via the E-Visa online application platform of the country, apply for a visa on arrival (most common), or at the countries embassy or consular post (if you want to stay longer for other reasons aside from tourism, Security, or work)
What do I Need to get Visa on Arrival in any of these Countries?
Remember, all you need to get in is an international passport. You Don not need to make any prior arrangements for a visa card. To acquire a visa in the long run, you will need to submit the following;
- A valid Nigerian passport, with at least 6 months validity remaining.
- 2-3 passport-size photographs.
- Visa fee. Ranges between US$50 – 250.
On your way to the airport or border control, you can apply for a visa card, or a little after your arrival. Once you present the above documents, they will be issued.
Do I need Proof of Financial Capability?
In countries such as Bangladesh, you would have to show $500 as evidence of sufficient funds and tickets to travel back. Mauritius requires $100 as evidence of sufficient funds. This is to show you have the financial capacity to take care of yourself and not be a liability to any of the country’s governments. It might differ in other countries.
Anything can make you want to travel to any of these visa-free countries for Nigerians, but you should have your Nigerian international passport. Having some cash as proof of financial capability gives you a high chance of being admitted into the country.
Nigerian citizens who want to travel to these countries for longer periods of stay or any other purpose should go to an embassy or consulate to submit a visa application
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