Travel: Places You Can go Visa free with Nigerian Passport Part I
There is a general believe that Nigerians who carries the country green passport are only restricted to countries in Africa that we have relationship with, but findings shows that vacation seeking Nigerians can actually visit many exciting locations around the world without the need of visa or any other permit except enough funds to finance your traveling and all.
Below are some countries Nigerian passport holder did not require visa or any other travelling document to visit…
Stay Duration: 180 days
Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport
Citizens of Nigeria visiting Barbados can stay for a duration of 6 months in the country without a visa.
Tourists who wish to extend their stay in Barbados, should apply and pay for an extension via the Barbados Immigration Department.
Prospective visitors are to provide a passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of arrival in Barbados.
Visitors are to provide proof of accommodation for their stay in Barbados, which could be a hotel reservation or a letter from the host who is already living in Barbados.
A copy of the tourist’s financial statement to show that they have enough money to take care of themselves for their entire stay in Barbados will be required.
Tourists below the age of eighteen (18) travelling without a parent or guardian must have a letter of authorization from a parent or guardian.
Prospective visitors hoping to travel to Barbados can do so from any international airport in Nigeria. These airports can be found in Lagos and Abuja.
Airlines that travellers can board from Nigeria to Barbados include Kenya Airways, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Caribbean Airlines.
The estimated flight time from Lagos to Bridgetown, Barbados is 21 hours and from Abuja, it is 1 day, 1 hour.
Barbados make use of the Atlantic Standard Time (GMT -4), which put Nigeria five hours ahead in time.
Christianity is the dominating religion in Barbados with about 95% of the population of the country. Other religions are Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Wicca, and Baha’i.
The official currency used in Barbados is the Barbadian Dollar (B$). The US Dollar is also acceptable in the country. Visitors can exchange their foreign currency at various banks and exchange outlets in the country.
Barbados has a tropical climate and the weather is usually hot and sunny all year round, with over 3000 hours of sunshine each year. The rain comes in quick showers. The dry season lasts from January to June.
Tourists are advised to budget about $350 BBD a day for expenses while in Barbados.
The power and socket plug used in Barbados is of Type A and B. The standard voltage is 115 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Bathsheba, Crane Beach, Barbados Wildlife Reserve and Farley Hill National Park are fascinating places in Barbados that tourists can visit while in the country.
Visitors can move around in Barbados with buses, taxis and car rental. Also, driving is on the left side.
Some delicacies tourists can try in Barbados include, cou cou, flying fish, rice and peas, cutters, etc.
Visitors in Barbados are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.
Stay Duration: 30 days
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
Nigerians visiting Cambodia can stay for a duration of 30 days without a visa.
Visitors can gain entry into Cambodia through Phnom Penh and Siem Reap International Airports, Thailand land borders, and also from Vietnam land border.
Nationals of Nigeria can also pay for a visa on arrival at any of these international airports or land borders mentioned above.
Tourists can extend their stay once by a month, by applying at the Immigration Department. Overstaying the visa duration will attract a fine.
Prospective visitors must possess a passport valid for 6 months beyond their stay in Cambodia. The passport must have one blank page for visa stamping.
In Cambodia, the import of local currency is prohibited. Visitors carrying foreign currency above $10,000 will be asked to declare it.
The export of local currency is also prohibited. The amount declared at Customs on arrival will be taken out in foreign currency, not local currency.
Tourists are required to have a return or onward ticket and proof of enough funds to last them their entire stay in the country.
Confirmation of accommodation during their stay in Cambodia is needed which can be a hotel reservation or a letter from the host in the country.
Prospective visitors hoping to travel to Cambodia can do so from any international airport in Nigeria. There are international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
Some of the airlines that intending visitors can board from Nigeria to Cambodia include British Airways, Ethiopia Airways, Qatar Airways, Bangkok Airways and Singapore Airlines.
The estimated flight time from Lagos to Phnom Penh, Cambodia is 19 hours and 19 hours, 30 minutes from Abuja.
The official language of Cambodia is Khmer, which is spoken by majorly all the citizens of Cambodia.
Cambodian Riel is the official currency of Cambodia. Although the US Dollar can be used at big stores in major cities. Visitors can exchange their foreign currency at various bank and exchange outlets in the country.
Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia. Approximately 97% of Cambodia’s population practices it. Islam, Christianity, and tribal animism make up the bulk of the small remainder.
Cambodia has a tropical climate with warm weather all through the year. There are two seasons, The northeast monsoon season which runs from December through April, bringing sunny, dry weather, especially in January and February.
Visitors can move around in Cambodia with buses, taxis and car rental.
Kroeung, kampot, hu tiue and prahok are some of the dishes enjoyed in Cambodia.
Tourists can budget between $20-$30 to cater for daily expenses in Cambodia.
Cambodia makes use of the Indochina Time (GMT+7), which puts it six hours ahead of Nigeria.
The power and socket plug used in Cambodia is of Type A, C and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Visitors are to be careful and avoid asking the locals controversial questions like topics about war, politics, the problem in the mines, or any other questions that might trigger bad memories.
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. Its home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, the archipelago is a destination for thousands of tourists and people who want to conduct business in the country.
Citizens of Nigeria with a valid Nigerian passport are not required to have a visa before travelling down to Seychelles, the country has a standing agreement with Nigeria where citizens of both countries can travel to the other country and stay for a total of 30 days without needing a visa. The only thing that you will need within the stated period of 30 days is your Seychelles visitors permit and even that is normally issued when you arrive the country.
Where to apply for the Seychelles Visitor’s Permit
All Seychelles visitor’s permits are usually issued on arrival at any of the country’s ports of arrival. You can fly directly to the country’s ports as a Nigerian and ask for a visitor’s permit. Again, like we already established; you will need to tender these documents and evidences to qualify for a visitor’s permit and to be allowed into Seychelles:
Your international passport with at least two blank pages.
An onward ticket or return flights ticket your home country.
Evidence of confirmed accommodation.
Proof of enough funds to cover expenses while in Seychelles.
An invitation letter if you are staying with friends and relatives.
Here are some of the airlines that currently fly to Mahe Island, Seychelles from Lagos, Nigeria:
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Stay Duration: 30 days
Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, consisting of ten volcanic islands with a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometers.
Nigeria passport holders can get Cape Verde for a period of 30 days without the need for a visa.
Nigeria citizens hoping to travel to Cape Verde must register online, preferably five days prior to their arrival to Cape Verde.
An airport Security Tax of CVE 3400 is levied on tourists arriving in Cape Verde.
Intending visitors are required to have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival in Cape Verde. The passport should have two blank pages for visa stamping.
Travellers under the age of 18 must show travel authorization from their parents or guardians.
Tourists travelling to Cape Verde must provide proof of a confirmed means of accommodation for their entire stay in Cape Verde. This could be in the form of a sponsor letter from a host living in the country or a hotel reservation.
Visitors are required to show proof of enough funds to spend during their in Cape Verde.
Prospective visitors can get to Cape Verde from any international airport in Nigeria. There are international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
British Airways, Ethiopia Airways, Air Europa, and Royal Air Maroc are some of the carriers that fly from Kenya to Cape Verde.
The estimated flight time from Lagos to Praia, Cape Verde is 18 hours, 20 minutes and from Abuja, it is 17 hours, 5 minutes.
The Cape Verdean Escudo is the official currency used in Cape Verde. Visitors can exchange their foreign currency at various banks and exchange outlets in the country.
The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese. But the unofficial one, which is spoken by most (if not all) is the Cape Verdean Creole, which is also known as kabuverdianu or simply called Creole or Kriolu.
Cape Verde’s subtropical climate makes year-round travel pleasant and enjoyable. August is the hottest month in Cape Verde, and the coldest is January.
While Cape Verde is home to diverse religious demography, Christianity is currently the religion practiced by a vast majority of Cape Verde’s population.
Visitors can move around in Cape Verde with minibuses, taxis, boats and planes.
Canja, catchupa, morreia and percebes are some of the dishes tourists can enjoy while in Cape Verde.
The Time zone in Cape Verde is (GMT-1), which puts Nigeria two hours ahead in time.
The power and socket plug used in Cape Verde are of Type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Cape Verde is a small country and very difficult to spot on a world map, but the country has a lot to offer. Each island serves a different set of attraction and reasons to visit the region.
The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, with political links to New Zealand. Its 15 islands are scattered over a vast area. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. To the north, Aitutaki Island has a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. The country is renowned for its many snorkeling and scuba-diving sites.
DO I NEED A PERMIT TO TRAVEL TO THE COOK ISLANDS?
No. All visitors wishing to visit the Cook Islands will be issued a visitors permit on arrival into the Cook Islands, provided they meet the following entry requirements:
All international passport holders must have a passport valid for a period of at least 6 months beyond their intended period of stay in the Cook Islands.
All New Zealand passport holders are allowed stay of up to 90 days in the Cook Islands. All other international passport holders are eligible for a stay of up to 31 days.
You must have evidence of a valid outbound ticket or return ticket to your port of origin.
WHAT ARE THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF THE COOK ISLANDS?
The official languages of the Cook Islands are Cook Islands Maori and English. English is widely spoken on the island of Rarotonga. While Cook Islands Maori is predominantly used in the outer islands (Pa Enua) of the Cook Islands.
Hawaiian AirlinesHawaiian Airlines
Air New ZealandAir New Zealand
Singapore AirlinesSingapore Airlines
Air TahitiAir Tahiti
Stay Duration: 120 days
Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It’s famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits.
The visa policy in Fiji permits Nigerians to visit without the need for a visa for up to 120 days.
Intending visitors must have a passport valid for six months from the date of arrival in Fiji. It is recommended that this passport has at least two blank pages for entry and exit stamp.
Tourists are required to have a return or onward ticket and proof of enough funds to spend during their stay in the country.
Requisite fee ($F98) will also be requested for during immigration clearance. This fee is not required if visitors are visiting for medical treatments or are yacht owners, because yacht owners or members of a crew of a carrier will have paid for the permit before arrival.
Tourists travelling to Fiji must provide proof of a confirmed means of accommodation for their entire stay in Fiji. This could be in the form of a sponsor letter from a host living in the country or a hotel reservation.
Fiji has listed a number of countries that cannot bring in pet and Nigeria is one of them.
Persons under the age of 18 and travelling without a parent or guardian must present a copy of their birth certificate and a parental consent form. This form must be duly completed and signed by the parent or guardian.
Emirates Airline, Fiji Airways and Qatar Airways are some of the carriers that fly from Nigeria to Fiji.
The estimated flight duration from Lagos to Suva, Fiji is 1 day, 8 hours and from Abuja, it is 1 day, 12 hours.
Though others (Islam and Hinduism) exist, Christianity is the dominant religion in Fiji.
Fiji has a warm and tropical climate all year round. The best time to visit fiji is from mid-October to mid-November when prices are fair, and the beaches and tourists sites are packed with fewer crowds. This is also when the weather conditions are dry, calm and enjoyably warm.
Fiji’s numerous natural beauties and endowments put it out as a great place for tourists and visitors looking to experience the richness of nature and to discover new cultures.
There are three official languages in Fiji, which are English, Fijian and Hindi.
The Fijian dollar is the official currency of Fiji. ATMs can easily be found in major parts of Fiji and credit/debit cards are accepted by many business outlets in Fiji. Visitors can change their foreign currency at banks and various exchange outlets.
Popular Fiji dishes tourists can try while in the country are kokoda, rourou, lovo, etc.
Power sockets and plugs used in Fiji are of type I. The standard supply voltage is 240 V, with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.
A tourist in Fiji spends an average of FJD$360 per day.
Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.
Stay Duration: 180 days
Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake. The park also encompasses sulphur vents, the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls and narrow Titou Gorge. To the west is Dominica’s capital, Roseau, with colorful timber houses and botanic gardens.
For a duration of 180 days, Nigerians can visit Dominica without a visa.
Tourists are required to have a return or onward ticket and proof of enough funds to spend during their stay in Dominica.
A detailed printed itinerary of your time in Dominica and a confirmation of accommodation during the stay are needed.
An airport tax of USD 21 is levied on Nigerians when exiting Dominica.
Intending visitors can get to Dominica from any international airport in Nigeria. These international airports can be found in Lagos and Abuja.
Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways and Air Cote D’Ivoire are some of the carriers that fly from Nigeria to Dominica.
The estimated flight time from Lagos to Roseau, Dominica is 23 hours, 55 minutes and 1 day from Mombasa.
The official and most spoken language in Dominica is English. Some regions in Dominica speak a dialect called Kokoy.
Christianity is the prominent religion in Dominica. They consist majorly of Roman Catholics and Protestants. Islam, Buddhism, Baha’i, Hinduism make up the minority.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the official currency in Dominica. Tourists can exchange their foreign currencies at banks and other exchange outlets in the country.
As you travel to Dominica, be ready to spend on average between $60-$200 per day as a tourist.
Dominica has a tropical climate. It is usually hot and humid all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from January to mid-April and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to mid-November.
Transportation in Dominica can be facilitated by taxis, car rentals and buses.
Dominica uses the Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4) which puts Nigeria 5 hours ahead of Dominica.
The best time to visit Dominica is from March to May when the peak season rush trickles out of the city.
Type D and G are the power and socket plug types used in Dominica. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Tourists are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities and also monitor local news broadcasts while in the country.