Visa Requirements for Citizens of Nigeria

Learn about visa requirements for citizens of Nigeria to travel to countries across the world.

Visa Requirements for Nigerian Citizens

Visa requirements for Nigerian citizens are administrative entry restrictions for Nigerian passport holders established by the authorities of destination countries.

Nigeria’s passport is currently ranked 98th in terms of freedom of travel by the Henley Passport Index, as Nigerian citizens can travel to more than 20 countries around the world without obtaining a visa.

Before traveling, nationals of Nigeria should check visa requirements as some countries may have a visa policy that differentiates them from other destinations and that travelers must provide or meet. These requirements depend on the purpose of the visit and the period of stay.

Policies for visa-exempt countries for Nigerian citizens usually permits the traveler to visit visa-free for short periods of between 3 and 6 months for tourist, business, or transit reasons, depending on the country of destination.

In some cases, it is necessary to obtain an electronic travel authorization to visit a visa-exempt country for short periods of stay. For any other purpose or longer stays, Nigerians must apply for a visa before traveling to these destinations.

Nigerians that need a visa for their destination must either obtain an embassy visa through a government diplomatic office, a visa on arrival at a border checkpoint, or an electronic visa through an online application.

The most convenient way to obtain a visa for Nigerian passport holders is through an electronic application, which greatly expedites the application process.

Applying for an eVisa from Nigeria also eliminates the need for travelers to visit embassies or consulates in person, or queue at border checkpoints.

In order to visit most countries, whether they require a visa or not, it is usually necessary for Nigerians to have a passport valid for the entire length of stay in their destination.

Browse the boxes below for more information about visa types for Nigerian nationals.

List of visa countries for Nigeria passport holders in 2020

Nigerian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance to travel to a number of countries around the world, whether an embassy visa from a government diplomatic office or an electronic visa through an online application, regardless of the purpose of visit or period of stay.

Currently, there are around 200 countries and territories across the world that require Nigerians to have a visa before traveling.

There are also up to 20 countries that permit Nigerian residents to obtain a visa upon arrival, although this often involves waiting in long queues at a border entry checkpoint to submit an application.

An electronic travel visa authorization for Nigerian citizens is issued for either a single entry or multiple entries, for short periods of varying stay depending on the destination country.

If Nigerian nationals wish to travel to an eVisa country for longer periods or for purposes not permitted with an electronic visa, it is necessary to request an appointment at the embassy or consulate of their destination.

There are a large number of countries, more than 180, that require Nigerians to apply for an embassy visa no matter the length or purpose of the intended stay.

Numerous types of visa for Nigerian citizens can be obtained from a government office, whether a tourist visa, business visa, student visa, work visa, transit visa, or other visa option.

Find below a complete list of the countries for which Nigerian citizens require a visa.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization

An electronic travel visa authorization program is an online system that permits Nigerian citizens to obtain either an eVisa or online visa waiver online.

These programs have been implemented for Nigerian citizens to expedite the visa application process and eliminate the need to visit an embassy or consulate in person, or wait in long queues at border checkpoints to apply for a visa on arrival.

There are currently some 20 countries that permit Nigerian residents to obtain a single or multiple entry electronic travel visa authorization, for a total period of stay up to 90 days and for tourist, business, or transit purposes.

The requirements to obtain a travel authorization or eVisa for Nigerians depend on the country of destination. However, It is usually necessary to have a passport with validity of between 30 days and 6 months. In some cases, this document must contain between one or two blank pages to receive entry/exit stamps at the border.

To apply for an electronic travel visa authorization, Nigerian citizens are required to register an online visa application form with personal data, and passport and travel information. Some countries also often require supporting documentation to be uploaded, such as an International Vaccination Certificate.

Before finalizing and submitting the form for review, some countries require Nigerian applicants to pay a processing fee, which may be made using a credit/debit card.

Once approved, an electronic visa travel authorization will be sent via email and/or electronically linked to the passport.

Below you can find a full list of the countries citizens of Nigeria can visit by applying for an Electronic Travel Visa Authorization.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is a type of travel document issued to Nigerian citizens by immigration officials at border checkpoints of the destination country.

Nigerian citizens are currently able to obtain a visa on arrival for up to 20 destination countries.

A visa on arrival for Nigerians may be issued as a single or multiple entry travel document, for a short period of stay of between 15 to 90 days depending on the country of destination. It is usually valid for tourist, business, or transit purposes.

Visa requirements depend on each country, but it is normally necessary to have a Nigerian passport with a validity of between 30 days and 6 months from the date of arrival.

The protocol of obtaining a visa on arrival involves going directly to a border checkpoint upon arrival and waiting in line to be given an application form to complete by an immigration officer.

It is usually necessary to present the valid passport alongside a range of supporting documentation depending on the destination, and to pay a visa fee in cash currency for the visa on arrival to be approved.

Some visa on arrival countries also allow Nigerians to submit an electronic visa application in advance, which greatly expedites the process and eliminates the need to wait in a queue at border checkpoints.

Find below a complete list of the visa on arrival countries for Nigerian citizens.

Visa on Arrival: Country list

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  • Angola
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Iran
  • Lebanon
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Palau
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Somalia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tuvalu

Embassy Visa Required

An embassy visa for Nigerian residents is a type of travel document issued by a government office, either an embassy or consulate, of a destination country.

There are currently more than 180 countries that require Nigerians to obtain an embassy visa before traveling.

An embassy visa for Nigerians may be issued as either a single or multiple entry travel document, and as a variety of visa types, whether as a work visa, student visa, tourist visa, business visa, transit visa , or other visa option.

The period of stay permitted depends on the purpose of the visit and the country of destination.

To apply for this kind of visa, Nigerian nationals must request an appointment at an embassy or consulate of their destination.

It is advisable to make the appointment several weeks before traveling, since in many cases government offices usually take one or two weeks to deliver the approved visa to the applicant, sometimes even longer.

When attending the consular interview, applicants are usually required to bring an embassy visa application form completed with personal and passport information.

Additional supporting documents will also be requested, depending on the country of destination and the type of visa requested.

Find below a list of destinations where an embassy visa for Nigerian citizens is required.

Embassy Visa Required: Country list

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  • Afghanistan
  • Aland Islands
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bonaire
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen

Visa Not Required

Although there are many countries that require citizens of Nigeria to have an approved visa there are also around 20 countries that do not require Nigerians to have a visa for varying periods of permitted stay.

Nigerian passport holders who wish to visit visa-free countries states are granted a visa-exempt stay of between 30 to 180 days depending on the destination country, most often for purposes of tourist, business, or to transit.

In order to gain visa-free access to these destinations, Nigerian citizens are required to present a valid passport upon arrival at border control. It may also be necessary for the passport to contain between one and two blank pages to receive entry/exit stamps at immigration checkpoints.

Nigerian citizens who want to travel to these countries for longer periods of stay or for another purpose not permitted visa-exempt, should go to an embassy or consulate to submit a visa application.

Below you will find a complete list of the visa not required countries for Nigerian citizens.

Visa Not Required: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country
  • Barbados
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Dominica
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • Vanuatu

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