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Top 45 Visa-Free Countries for Nigerian Students

Written by Michael Nz. on July 12, 2022

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If you have your national passport as a Nigerian and are wondering if there are free countries you can travel to without a visa, wonder no more. There are Nigerian visa-free countries that you can travel to for a relatively short period of time.

However, some of these Nigeria visa-free countries may grant you a visa on arrival for a period of time. Therefore, you will need to be aware of the Nigerian Visa requirement for the country you hope to travel to freely.

Traveling to study may require you to acquire a student visa as these Nigerian visa-free countries offer a short period of stay.

However, you may want to satisfy your hunger for adventure without incurring unnecessary Visa costs. Following our comprehensive list will only help you achieve this.

Currently, Nigerian citizens have visa-free or Visa arrival access to only 45 countries. Most of these countries are located on the African continent.

In this post, we will share with you the list of these Nigeria visa-free countries. In addition, we classify these countries by continent to facilitate understanding and navigation.

List of visa-free countries for Nigerians

Henley Passport Index ranks 98th in the Nigerian passport in terms of travel freedom. This is because we can only access 45 countries without Visa or via Visa on arrival. In the nearest future, Nigeria may rank better as the list is constantly changing.

With the introduction of E-Visas, you can access more countries for free via Visa on arrival. This is a progressive trend that some countries in Africa like Gabon have adopted, only they still have to grant visas on arrival.

With that being said, here are the 45 countries you can access visa-free with your Nigerian passport.

BarbadosHaitiSaint Kitts and Nevis
Republic of BeninIranSamoa
Burkina FasoKenyaSenegal
CambodiaLiberiaseychelles
CameroonMadagascarSierra Leone
Cape VerdeMaldivesSomalia
ChadMaliSomaliland
ComorosMauritaniaSouth Ossetia
Ivory CoastMauricioGambia
DominicaMicronesiaEast Timor
EthiopiaMozambiqueTogo
Island Fijinigerian republicTransnistria
GhanaPalauTuvaluan
GuineaPalestineUganda
Guinea-BissauRwandaVanuatu

Therefore, we will continue to describe these countries based on their continents and the type of visa-free access: absolutely free or Visa on arrival.

Also, we will explain the Visa requirements for each of these countries that you can visit Visa-free with your Nigerian passport.

The African continent has the largest number of countries that a Nigerian can visit without a visa with their Nigerian passport. Some of these countries share the same border with Nigeria, while others are Visa-free due to some trade or regional agreements.

African countries 

Whatever the case may be, Nigerians can visit some countries in Africa with their passports absolutely Visa-free or via Visa on entry.

African countries that are absolutely free

Nigerians can visit sixteen (16) African countries without a visa for free with their national passports. However, these countries are mostly West African countries, such as Nigeria.

Here is the list of absolutely visa-free countries for Nigerians.

Republic of BeninThe GambiaNigerian republic
Burkina FasoGhanaSenegal
CameroonGuineaSierra Leone
Cape VerdeGuinea-BissauTogo
ChadLiberia 
Ivory CoastMali 
Republic of Benin

This is a West African country that shares borders with Nigeria. Due to this and the fact that they are members of the Economic Community of West African States with Nigeria, Nigerians can enter without a visa. The Pendjari National Park, which was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in March 2009, is located in the Republic of Benin.

However, the Nigerian visa requirement for this country is a 90-day visa-free stay.

Burkina Faso

Like the Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso is also a West African country. The country’s name literally translates as “The Land of Honest Men.” Burkina Faso has a significant amount of gold reserves. Meanwhile, Burkina Faso Nigeria is a visa-free country and the visa requirement is a stay for as long as you can provide a return ticket.

Cameroon

This is a central African country that shares borders with Nigeria. Cameroon speaks French and English and like Nigeria, it has both Muslims and Christians make up its population. Meanwhile, Cameroon is a Nigerian visa-free country and its visa requirement for Nigerians is a stay of 90 days. However, while you are in Cameroon, you can visit the Limbe Botanical Garden or the Benedictine Museum of Mont Feb.

Cape Verde

This is a West African country that Portugal colonized. Meanwhile, Cape Verde is an island country with a great tourist attraction, as well as a variety of fresh fruits. This is also one of the countries that are visa-free for Nigerians.

Chad

Chad is located in Central Africa and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. If you love adventure in nature, you can visit Chad’s Zakouma National Park. Meanwhile, Chad is another Nigerian visa-free country with a visa requirement of a 3-month stay for Nigerians.

Ivory Coast

The capital of this West African country, Abidjan, is dotted with rolling hills and lush tropical flora. Ivory Coast is also one of the visa free countries of Nigeria. Nigerians can visit the country without having to worry about paying Visa.

Gambia

This is a West African country that occupies the length of the Gambia River Valley as well as the surrounding hills. The Gambia is also the smallest country in Africa.

A beautiful place to visit in this peaceful country is the beautiful beach of Sanyang. The Gambia is also one of the Nigerian visa free countries.

Ghana

Of course, Ghana is located in West Africa and is a member of ECOWAS like Nigeria.

However, Ghana is increasingly becoming a favorite tourist destination with its historical slave trade artifacts as well as beautiful beaches like Kokrobite and Winneba. Meanwhile, Nigerians can enter this country without a visa or through a visa on arrival.

Guinea

Guinea is also a West African country with a large deposit of natural resources, including bauxite and gold. It is also one of the countries that offer access to Nigerians without a visa.

Guinea-Bissau

Like Guinea, Gineau Bissa is also a West African country. This country borders Guinea to the south and east and Senegal to the north.

While this country has its fair share of forests and chimpanzees, it is also a Nigerian passport visa free country.

Liberia

Liberia is a West African country with strong ties to the United States. It also has a couple of exotic beaches around the capital, Monrovia. Meanwhile, this country offers Nigerians visa-free access.

Mali

Mali is located in the Sahel region of Africa. Although plowed with a struggling past, Mali has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is also a visa-free country for Nigerians with Nigerian passports.

Nigerian republic

The Republic of Niger is located in West Africa like Nigeria and also belongs to the same regional body-ECOWAS. While this country also shares borders with Nigeria, it provides Nigerians with visa-free access to a Nigerian passport.

Senegal

This is also a West African country teeming with wildlife. Also, Senegal is a member of ECOWAS, like Nigeria. For this reason, the country is basically visa-free for Nigerians with a Nigerian passport. However, the Nigerian visa requirement for this country is a stay of 90 days.

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is also a West African country and a member of ECOWAS. Some of the tourist attractions in the country are the beaches of Freetown and Banana Island. Meanwhile, this county is also a Nigeria visa-free country for Nigerians with their national passport.

Togo

Togo is a country in West Africa that has a good number of white sand beaches, hills, and mountains. This country also offers Nigerians visa-free access.

Entry visa to African countries

Compared to the absolutely free African countries that Nigerian passport holders can visit, there are fewer countries here. Nigerians can visit a total of twelve (12) African countries for free with Visa on arrival. Also, most of the countries here are East African countries.

Here is the list of visas in African countries for entry for Nigerians.

ComorosMauritaniaSeychelles
EthiopiaMauricioSomalia
KenyaMozambiqueSomaliland
MadagascarRwandaUganda
Comoros

This is an island country in East Africa facing Mozambique to the east and Madagascar to the northwest. One of the Comoros Islands’ tourist attractions is its Lac Sale lake. However, Nigerians may need a visa on arrival in order to enter this country.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is located in East Africa, the Horn of Africa. It is a rugged, landlocked country into which the Great Rift Valley is divided. It is the most populous country in Africa, with a population of 106 million people. One of the great sites of this country is Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles, and the church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Meanwhile, this country offers Nigerians with Nigerian passports an electronic visa and a visa on arrival for up to 90 days.

Kenya

Kenya is also located in East Africa and has flourishing wildlife where tourists travel for Safari. This country is also one of the most impressive places in Africa for a vacation.

However, this beautiful country with savannah plains and tropical forests offers Nigerians with Nigerian passport access via visa on arrival. Also, like Ethiopia, Kenya offers e-Visa and the Nigerian visa requirement is a free stay of 90 days.

Madagascar

Also, in Madagascar, which is also in East Africa, you can gain access to the country as a Nigerian through a visa on arrival. Although it is located in Africa, people refer to Madagascar as the eighth continent, with its unique ecology.

It is also an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, which is a beautiful sight on its own. Madagascar is also a Nigerian visa in the country of arrival. Also, the Nigerian visa requirement for this country is a free stay of 90 days.

Mauritania

Mauritania is located between Morocco, Mali, Algeria, Senegal, and the extension of the Atlantic Ocean. You can tour the desert in Chinguetti on a camel as long as your fee allows. Meanwhile, Mauritania offers Nigerian passport holders only visas on arrival.

Mauricio

This is also an East African country located along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Mauritius has long beaches suitable for diving, as well as impressive volcanic peaks. Although the country speaks French and English, it offers a visa to Nigerian passport holders only at entry access. Also, the Nigerian visa requirement for this country is a two-week free stay.

Mozambique

This is the only country in southern Africa that offers Nigerians visa-free access. Mozambique It is located on the east coast of the Indian Ocean. This is an ideal place for you if you love beaches and diving. Meanwhile, Mozambique offers visas to holders of Nigerian passports on arrival for a period of 30 days.

Seychelles

Going back to the East African countries, we have Seychelles. This country is located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles is an island country that borders other islands such as Zanzibar, Madagascar, and Mauritius. You can already imagine the beauty of the country. However, Seychelles offers Nigerians a visitor’s permit upon arrival. Also, the Nigerian visa requirement for Seychelles is three (3) months.

Somalia

Somalia is also located in East Africa. It is a country with enticing landscapes, extreme weather, and a swarm of wildlife. If you are an animal lover, you will see animals ranging from meerkats to lions at the Lag-Badana Park Zoo. However, Somalia is a Nigerian visa in the country of arrival and the visa requirement is a free 30-day stay.

Somaliland

This country, from the name, is an autonomous region of Somalia, but the region declared itself as a state. Meanwhile, like Somalia, it is located in East Africa. Laas Geel Cave on the rural outskirts of Hargeisa, Somaliland, contains some of the oldest known cave paintings in the Horn of Africa. However, like in Somalia, Nigerians can gain access to the country through a visa on arrival for a period of 30 days.

Uganda

Uganda is also located in the East African region of Africa. Many people know the country as the Pearl of Africa, and the country has various types of African wildlife. While you can have a really enjoyable gorilla-tracking adventure in Uganda, the country is also a Nigerian visa in the country of arrival. Also, Uganda offers eVisa in addition to its visa on arrival and you can apply online.

American countries

It is not only on the African continent that Nigerians can travel without a visa or with a visa on arrival. Nigerians can also gain access to a limited number of countries in the Americas.

Currently, there are only four (4) Nigerian visa-free countries in the United States, and fortunately, all of them are absolutely visa-free. These countries are Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Saint Kitts, and Nevis.

Barbados

This country is located in the Caribbean region of North America. Barbados is located in the western part of the North Atlantic, as well as in the east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. Plus, Barbados is your beach spot if you live to see beaches. Meanwhile, this country offers Nigerians visa-free access and the Nigerian visa requirement is a free maximum stay of six (6) months.

Dominica

Like Barbados, Dominica is also a Caribbean region of North America. However, Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island with waterfalls, gorges, steaming hot springs, and tropical forests. Dominica is an exquisite site for lovers and vacation seekers. While Dominica is a visa-free country from Nigeria, its visa requirement is a maximum of six (6) months.

Haiti

Haiti is also a North American country. It occupies the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Like Dominica, Haiti is also a mountainous island in the Caribbean. Therefore, this is a place for hikers and explorers. Also, while Haiti allows Nigerians full access to the country without a visa, they can only stay for three months without a visa.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is an island country in the West Indies region of North America. Also, this is a country with cloud-covered mountains and beaches. Saint Kitts is a beautiful island with a crater lake, vervet monkeys, and a rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails. This is definitely another hiker’s location. Meanwhile, Nigerians who visit this country without a visa can stay for only 30 days.

Asian countries

Just as Nigerian passport holders can visit some countries in the Americas without a visa, they can also visit some countries in Asia. There are currently five Nigerian visa-free countries (5) on the Asian continent. These countries are Cambodia, Iran, Maldives, East Timor, and   Palestine. However, only Palestine, of these five Asian countries, gives absolute visa-free entry to Nigerians. The other four grant Nigerian visas on arrival.

Cambodia

Cambodia is located in Southeast Asia. Apart from the benevolent and welcoming nature of its people, Cambodia also has a couple of exotic beaches that are worth seeing. Meanwhile, this Asian country grants Nigerians free entry to their country through a visa on arrival and the Nigerian visa requirement is for a maximum stay of 30 days. In addition, Cambodia also offers eVisas.

Iran

This is a popular country in the Middle East of Asia. The country became Iran from Persia as it was previously called in 1935. Meanwhile, Iran offers you pleasant excursions to its ancient cities, Armenian churches, and museums. However, Iran is a Nigerian visa in the country of arrival and the duration of your stay with the visa is a maximum of 30 days.

Maldives

This country is located in South Asia and comprises more than a thousand coral islands, excluding tourist islands. Couples looking for an unforgettable honeymoon come to this country of abundant agriculture and beaches where you can surf. In the meantime, you have free access to this country as a Nigerian via visa on arrival and are limited to a 30-day stay.

East Timor

Many people call this country East Timor. It is found in Southeast Asia and is found northwest of Australia on the Lesser Sunda Islands. Although it is a small country, Timor-Leste is one of your destinations if you want to go scuba diving and explore the sea. Meanwhile, East Timor grants Nigerians free access to the country through a visa on arrival. Also, the Nigerian visa requirement specifies a maximum stay of 30 days.

Palestine

Palestine, with its capital as Jerusalem, is located in western Asia. Although Palestine may not be a tourist attraction, the country is a historical, religious, and cultural heritage that perhaps no other place in the world. Thus, the country has more Muslims and Christians visiting pilgrimages. Meanwhile, this is a visa-free country from Nigeria, but you are not allowed to enter the country by sea to the Gaza Strip.

Oceanian countries

The continent of Oceania spans the eastern and western hemispheres and includes Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Nigerian passport holders can also explore these parts completely free without a visa or with a visa on arrival.

Currently, there are six Nigerian visa-free countries in Oceania. They are  Micronesia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Palau, Tuvalu, and Samoa. In addition, Micronesia Vanuatu, and Fiji are the countries without a visa to visit Nigerians. However, Palau, Tuvalu, and Samoa provide Nigerians with Enroute visas.

Fiji

The Republic of Fiji is located in the South Pacific Ocean and has 333 islands. In addition, Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific. Fiji, with its many islands, has some of the most exotic beaches and diverse marine life, as well as beautiful tropical scenery. Meanwhile, Fiji allows Nigerian passport holders only four (4) months of absolute visa-free stay.

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia made up of 600 islands, stretches across the western Pacific Ocean. Some of the exquisite photographs of palm-shaded beaches are from this country.

You can also go on shipwreck dives and see ancient ruins like those at Nan Madol in Micronesia. You can do all these as Micronesia is a visa free country from Nigeria for the national passport holder. However, your visa-free requirement allows you only 30 days of stay.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu is located in the southwestern Pacific and has 83 islands. This country has enticing tourist attractions like Yasur volcano in Tanna and Coolidge diving in Santo. Like Fiji and Micronesia, Vanuatu also offers Nigerians with a Nigerian passport visa-free access to the country for 30 days.

Palau

Palau is also located in Oceania and is famous for its jellyfish lakes. Furthermore, just like most countries in Oceania, Palau is also an ideal place for diving with commendable dive sites such as The Blue Corner and German Channel. However, Palau provides Nigerians visa on arrival and the Nigerian visa requirement for Palau specifies only a 30-day stay.

Samoa

Samoa is located in the South Pacific of Oceania between Hawaii and New Zealand. This island country is a beauty to behold with its abundant waterfalls, caves, beaches, and museums.

The typical honeymoon place. However, like Palau, you can enter Samoa for free with your Nigerian passport via visa on arrival. But unlike Palau, Samoa offers you a period of stay of 90.

Tuvaluan

This Oceanian country is made up of a group of low-lying islands along the South Pacific. Although Tuvalu is the fourth-smallest country in the world and does not have the architectural sophistication of other tourist countries, it does have a strong traditional culture.

It is the ideal place to enjoy quiet beaches with palm trees and watch the sunset. However, your visa-free entry as a Nigerian passport holder is through a visa on arrival for 30 days.

European countries

You may be disappointed to learn that you cannot enter popular European countries or even the US for free without a visa as a Nigerian.

However, it should serve as a small consolation that you can actually visit two countries in Europe without visa restrictions. These countries are Transnistria and South Ossetia.

Transnistria

Transnistria is officially the Pridnestrovian Republic of Moldova and is located in Europe. However, the country is not fully recognized and separated from Moldova after the dissolution of the USSR. However, you can take a thoughtful walk in Pobeda Park and see most of its monuments, such as those of Lenin and Kotovsky. You can do this by using the country’s visa-free access for Nigerian passport holders. Unfortunately, you will need to register for a visa after 24 hours of staying in the country.

South Ossetia

Although it is a separate state from Georgia, South Ossetia can be a place to visit. The country is located between Asia and Europe, occupying the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the foothills of the Kartalin Valley.

This country is located in a mountainous region, and you may like to visit it if you are a mountain climber. Nonetheless, South Ossetia offers Nigerian passport holders visa-free access to the country, but they must have multiple-entry visas to Russia. In addition, you must give three days’ advance notice to enter the country.

Conclusion:

Just because there are currently 45 countries that Nigerians can visit without Visa restrictions or with Visa on arrival does not mean that it will continue to be the case. Please keep in touch with us for updates as the number of countries may increase or decrease.

Meanwhile, there are 28 African countries where Nigerian passport holders can visit completely visa-free or visa-on-arrival. Additionally, there are 4 American countries that Nigerians can visit without visa restrictions, all of which are North American countries.

In addition, you can visit 5 Asian countries, 6 Oceania countries, and 2 European countries without a visa or visa on arrival as a Nigerian passport holder.

Frequent questions

You can apply for a visa as a Nigerian simply by going to the local consulate with your international passport and the application form which can be found online.

A large number of countries are visa-free for Nigerian citizens including Bolivia, Cambodia, Ghana, etc. You can access the full list of all visa-free eligible countries in this article.

A large number of countries are visa-free for Nigerian passport holders, such as Cape Verde and Mauritania, as described in the article.

You can start your application for an international passport as a Nigerian by visiting the Nigerian Immigration Service Portal.

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