Last updated on June 22nd, 2021; Published on July 6th, 2020
One of the things I look out for while choosing a destination to visit is how easy or difficult it is to obtain a visa. Since there are only a handful of visa free countries for Nigerian Citizens, this factor plays a huge role in deciding which places I get to visit.
This plight isn’t mine alone. Many Nigerian travel enthusiasts, especially first-time travellers are faced with the classic chicken-or-the-egg scenario when it comes to applying for visas. We need visas to travel but several countries wouldn’t grant us one unless we have received a valid visa for a different country. This is where visa free destinations come in to help to bridge that gap by creating opportunities to build a travel history.
As of January 2021, there are a total of 23 visa free countries for Nigerian citizens. This is not a lot, but it is a fair number, to begin with. Apart from these countries, there are also other countries that offer a visa on arrival or e-visa program to Nigerian passport holders. This brings up the total number of visa free, visa on arrival and eVisa destinations to 47 countries.
In this article, I will highlight these countries, including their respective consulate or embassy details because it is important to crosscheck the visa status of every country before you travel. Sometimes, these statuses may change and you do not want to be stranded if they do.
In addition to this post about eVisa and visa free countries for Nigerian Citizens, I will also highlight, in the next post, countries that have fairly easy visa application processes as well as the countries we can visit, having a visa from the UK, USA, any Schengen and OECD member countries.
The Summary: eVisa, Visa on Arrival and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens by Continent
eVisa, Visa on Arrival and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in Africa
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Mozambique *
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Sierra Leone
eVisa, Visa on Arrival and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in Asia
eVisa, Visa on Arrival and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in North and South America
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
eVisa and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in Oceania
More on Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Passport Holders (2021)
Nigerian citizens and holders of the Nigerian Passport can visit a total of 23 countries without needing to arrange for a visa beforehand or pay for one. All 14 ECOWAS countries (excluding Nigeria) fall under this list. Even though there are no visa requirements to visit these countries, I would advise that you travel with your return flight tickets (if you are travelling by air), valid passport with 6 months validity and 2 free pages for stamps, proof of funds and accommodation.
Also, for the West African Countries, if you travel by land, Immigration officials often force travellers to pay certain amounts of money. Obviously, this is illegal but it is a practice they often get away with. The airports are the only ports of entry that respect the visa free policy to a certain degree. Keeping that in mind, here is a complete list of visa free countries for Nigerian Citizens and passport holders.
Visa on Arrival Countries for Nigerian Passport Holders (2021)
A visa on arrival enables you to obtain a visa at the port of entry of the country offering it. This means that you do not need to make any prior arrangements for visas. You simply pay for one at the border. Some countries that offer a visa on arrival program also offer an evisa program. And as I hear more stories and become more paranoid about countries refusing Nigerians entry, I think it is better to use the evisa option if you can.
For example, in 2018, Tanzania changed its visa on arrival policy almost overnight. This country used to offer a visa on arrival to Nigerian travellers at a cost of $50 and I was able to use this option to visit a year prior. But overnight, they revoked this option. This change was so sudden that even airlines were unaware of it. Hence, they conveyed several Nigerian passengers to Tanzania, only for them to be deported as they didn’t have a visa beforehand.
So, I will advise that if you can arrange for a visa before you travel – if the process isn’t stressful as most evisa applications aren’t, just go for it. Here is a complete list of countries that offer a visa on arrival to Nigerian passport holders and the associating costs of the visa.
As of January 2021, Kenya no longer offers a Visa on Arrival. You must obtain an eVisa prior to your visit.
It is also important to keep in mind that these visas are conditional and you would often need to present your return flight tickets, valid passport with 6 months validity and 2 free pages for stamps, proof of funds and accommodation.
This also applies for the countries listed below;
eVisa Countries for Nigerian Passport Holders (2021)
|Countries||Continent||Duration of Stay (Up To…)||More Information||Notes|
|Antigua and Barbuda||North America||30 Days||Antigua and Barbuda eVisa Application Website||The eVisa costs $100|
|Cambodia||Asia||30 Days||Cambodia eVisa Application Website||The eVisa fees start from $69|
|Djibouti||Africa||60 Days||Djibouti eVisa Website||The eVisa fees start from $90|
|Ethiopia||Africa||90 Days||Ethiopian Online Visa Website||The eVisa fees start from $99|
|Gabon||Africa||90 Days||Gabon Immigration Website||The eVisa fees start from €70|
|Kenya||Africa||90 Days||Kenyan eVisa Website||The eVisa costs $50.|
|Kyrgyzstan||Asia||60 Days||Kyrgyzstan eVisa Website||The eVisa fees start from $41|
|Lesotho||Africa||90 Days||Lesotho eVisa Website||The eVisa fees start from $150|
|Madagascar||Africa||90 Days||Madagascar eVisa Website||The eVisa fees start from €29.90|
|Rwanda||Africa||30 Days||Rwanda Immigration Website||The tourist eVisa costs $50. You can also apply for a transit visa which costs $30 and is valid for 72 hours.|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||Africa||30 Days||N/A||The eVisa fees start from $47. (If you have a US or Schengen visa, it is free for stays up to 15 days)|
|Suriname||South America||60 Days||Suriname eVisa Application Website||The eVisa fees start from $45|
|Uganda||Africa||30 Days||Uganda Immigration Website||The eVisa costs $50.|
|Zambia||Africa||N/A||Zambia Immigration Website||The eVisa fees start from $50|
|Zimbabwe||Africa||N/A||Zimbabwe Immigration Website||The eVisa fees start from $30|
Note: Some of these countries have visa processing fees and visa fees may change as exchange rates do. It is important to keep this in mind as you make your plans.
I will update this article as often as I can but please be aware that visa policies may change at any time. Before you pack your bags, be sure to get an update on visa status from the Immigration Offices of the countries you intend to visit.
I would like to hear your experience of travelling with a Nigerian Passport, particularly to countries offering a Visa on Arrival? Has it all been smooth sailing or did you encounter any issues?