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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.
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