Last updated on October 7th, 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 2020, 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

  1. Benin
  2. Burkina Faso
  3. Cameroun
  4. Cabo Verde
  5. Chad
  6. Comoros
  7. Côte d’Ivoire
  8. Djibouti
  9. Ethiopia
  10. Gambia
  11. Ghana
  12. Guinea
  13. Guinea-Bissau
  14. Kenya
  15. Lesotho
  16. Liberia
  17. Madagascar
  18. Mali
  19. Mauritania
  20. Mauritius
  21. Mozambique
  22. Niger
  23. Rwanda
  24. São Tomé and Príncipe
  25. Senegal
  26. Seychelles
  27. Sierra Leone
  28. Somalia
  29. Togo
  30. Uganda
  31. Zambia
  32. Zimbabwe
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eVisa, Visa on Arrival and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in Asia

  1. Iran
  2. Kyrgyzstan
  3. Maldives
  4. Timor-Leste

eVisa, Visa on Arrival and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in North and South America

  1.  Antigua and Barbuda
  2.  Barbados
  3.  Dominica
  4.  Fiji
  5.  Haiti
  6.  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  7.  Suriname

eVisa and Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Citizens in Oceania

  1. Fiji
  2. Micronesia
  3. Tuvalu
  4. Vanuatu

More on Visa Free Countries for Nigerian Passport Holders (2020)

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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.

CountriesContinentDuration of Stay (Up to)More InformationNotes
BarbadosNorth America180 DaysBarbados Immigration Website
BeninAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
Burkina FasoAfricaN/AECOWAS
CameroonAfrica90 DaysN/A
Cabo VerdeAfricaN/AECOWAS
ChadAfrica90 DaysN/A
Côte d’IvoireAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
DominicaNorth America180 DaysDominica Immigration Website
FijiOceania120 DaysFiji Immigration Website
GambiaAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
GhanaAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
GuineaAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
Guinea-BissauAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
HaitiNorth America90 DaysHaiti Immigration WebsiteForeign Nationals are required to pay a $10 tourist fee at the airport.
LiberiaAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
MaliAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
MicronesiaOceania30 DaysMicronesia Immigration WebsiteIf you are visiting for a period of more than 30 days, you will need to fill an entry permit.
NigerAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
Saint Kitts and NevisNorth America90 DaysSaint Kitts and Nevis Immigration Website
SenegalAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
SeychellesAfrica90 DaysSeychelles Department of Foreign Affairs Website
Sierra LeoneAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
TogoAfrica90 DaysECOWAS
VanuatuOceania30 DaysVanuatu Immigration Website
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Visa on Arrival Countries for Nigerian Passport Holders (2020)

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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 who 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 this 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 the country 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.

PS: Read Travel Blogger, Dee of Well Worn Heels, talk about her experiences with applying for various eVisas in the comment section of this post.

CountriesContinentDuration of Stay (Up to)More InformationNotes
ComorosAfrica45 DaysN/AThe visa on arrival costs about $33
EthiopiaAfrica90 DaysEthiopian Online Visa WebsiteYou may also apply for an eVisa. The visa fees start from $99
IranAsia30 DaysIran Visa Application WebsiteYou may also apply for an eVisa. The visa on arrival and eVisa costs €55
KenyaAfrica90 DaysKenyan eVisa WebsiteThe visa on arrival and eVisa costs $50. You may also apply for an eVisa.
LebanonAsia30 DaysBeirut International Airport WebsiteNigerian Citizens must have a non-refundable return ticket, a copy of a reservation in a 3 to 5 star hotel or private residential address with telephone number in the Republic of Lebanon, and at least $2,000 in cash
MadagascarAfrica90 DaysMadagascar Visa Application Website The visa on arrival and eVisa fees start from €29.90
MaldivesAsia30 DaysMaldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs WebsiteThe visa on arrival is free. However, you must have sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. See the Foreign Affairs Website for more information
MaurtitaniaAfrica30 DaysMauritania Nouakchott Airport Information on Visas on arrivalThe visa on arrival costs €55
MauritiusAfrica14 DaysMauritius Immigration WebsiteVisa on arrival is Free
MozambiqueAfrica30 DaysN/AThe visa on arrival costs $50
RwandaAfrica30 DaysRwanda Immigration WebsiteAn entry visa on arrival costs $30. You may also apply for an eVisa.

PS: According to the Rwanda Immigration Website, the cost for VOA is $50 but several travellers have stated that this visa cost them $30.
SomaliaAfrica90 DaysSomalia Ministry of Foreign Affairs WebsiteThe visa on arrival costs $50.
Timor-LesteAsia90 DaysTimor-Leste Immigration WebsiteVisitors must apply for a Visa Authorization Application at a Timor-Leste Embassy or Consulate.
The visa on arrival costs $30.
TuvaluOceania30 DaysTuvalu Immigration RegulationsThe visa on arrival costs $100 (AUS)
UgandaAfrica30 DaysUganda Immigration WebsiteThe visa on arrival starts from $50. You may also apply for an eVisa.

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 (2020)

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CountriesContinentDuration of Stay (Up To…)More InformationNotes
Antigua and BarbudaNorth America30 DaysAntigua and Barbuda eVisa Application WebsiteThe eVisa costs $100
CambodiaAsia30 DaysCambodia eVisa Application WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $69
DjiboutiAfrica60 DaysDjibouti eVisa WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $90
EthiopiaAfrica90 DaysEthiopian Online Visa WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $99
GabonAfrica90 DaysGabon Immigration WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from €70
KenyaAfrica90 DaysKenyan eVisa WebsiteThe eVisa costs $50.
KyrgyzstanAsia60 DaysKyrgyzstan eVisa WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $41
LesothoAfrica90 DaysLesotho eVisa WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $150
MadagascarAfrica90 DaysMadagascar eVisa WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from €29.90
RwandaAfrica30 DaysRwanda Immigration WebsiteThe tourist eVisa costs $50. You can also apply for a transit visa which costs $30 and is valid for 72 hours.
São Tomé and PríncipeAfrica30 DaysN/AThe eVisa fees start from $47. (If you have a US or Schengen visa, it is free for stays up to 15 days)
SurinameSouth America60 DaysSuriname eVisa Application WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $45
UgandaAfrica30 DaysUganda Immigration WebsiteThe eVisa costs $50.
ZambiaAfricaN/AZambia Immigration WebsiteThe eVisa fees start from $50
ZimbabweAfricaN/A Zimbabwe Immigration WebsiteThe 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?

49 Comments

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    I’ll have to bookmark this post for when I’ll be ready to travel abroad. Thanks for sharing, Amarachi. It was really helpful.

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    Please I need an answer as soon as possible and you can also text me on *edited out*

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    Hello, I love this post and I am bookmarking it. But the link for Seychelles is wrong.. it opens up on Zimbabwe immigration site instead. Maybe you can correct this. Thanks

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    Amarachi, you are blessing to Nigeria and the world. God bless the works of your hands. The information you gave is so vital and helpful.

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    Is there no going to be any emberacemet on arrival at the Zimbabwe airport when demanding for visa on arrival ? Pls I need to be sure of this.

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      I’m sorry I can’t guarantee that. At the end of the day, it is still up to the immigration officers to grant or deny you entry whether the country offers a visa on arrival or not.

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    Please what about Namibia?

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      Hello, Nigerians require a visa to visit Namibia. When AirNamibia was still operational here, you could apply through the airline but I don’t think that applies anymore.

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    Pls Amarachi can you help me find out Lesotho visa it’s visa on Arrival or apply for Visa before travel there. Pls get back to me thanks.

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      Hi Feeeman, according to the latest information on the Lesotho visa and immigration website, Nigerians are required to apply for a visa before travelling to the country.

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    Nigerian passport can’t get better countries because of corruption 419, OBT and government corrupt to the teeth. Good job AMARA.

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    I’m from Nigeria how can I get Seychelles visa

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    Hello Amarachi, Vanuatu is in Oceania, not Africa. Kindly make the correction.

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    Rwanda Visa on arrival fee was $30 when I visited August 2019, you may want to reconfirm the fee

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      Hi Jide, thanks for this info. Most people I know and now including you, who have visited Rwanda paid $30 but according to the latest information on the Rwandan Immigration Website, the cost for a single entry tourist visa is $50. The website also states that an entry visa and a conference visa cost $30. I’m not sure what the difference between an entry and a tourist visa is but I’ll edit the post to include this information.

      Thanks for raising it.

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    Hello Amarachi as I would be interested to know how to secure visa to Dominican Republic as a Nigerian

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    Anthony Zane Godwin

    Amarachi you’re doing a good job here. More Grace ❤️

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    ADEOLA MARTINS ADENIYI

    Lovely, this is a good place to get knowlege about where to travel to with free visa

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    good morning,
    Amarachi you are doing such a good job.

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    I want to travel to Uganda, pls is there a good job opportunity for me? I’m a chef thanks

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    Hello Amara do I need to quarantine in Seychelles for 14 days on arrival

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    Pls hw can I apply for Visa free to doha,quata

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Does a Tanzania need visa on arrival to Nigeria?

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      Hi Mike, not sure I get your question. If you’re asking whether Nigerians can obtain a visa on arrival in Tanzania, the answer, as of today is ‘No’. If you’re asking about the reverse, then ‘Yes, with Conditions’. See the Nigerian Immigration Service website for more information.

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    Hello Amarachi
    I enjoyed reading through your article. It was really informative. Please can you give details on Egypt? Do I need a Visa?

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    Oge Franklin Friday

    Wow this post is really helpful.
    I never knew Nigerians can access some North America without visa.
    It’s a mind blowing to me

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    corrector02socials

    Are there close countries to the United States where I can travel without a visa?? or have to process a visa that wouldn’t take me a lifetime???

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      Depends on how you define close but apart from a few Caribbean countries you can visit visa free/visa on arrival, I doubt there are other countries that meet your criteria.

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    Please how can I apply for a free visa to North America countries… Please

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