5 Visa-Free Countries Nigerians can consider for Vacation
Traveling around the world is one of the ways to get the best experiences of Life. At times, Nigerians want to travel but are concerned about the Visa process as well as cost. A smart way to save on travel costs is to visit visa-free countries for your vacation.
In this article, we make a complete list of visa-free countries for Nigerians. The clause to this is You must be a Valid passport holder. To know how to get your International passport, kindly read our article on it (link pasted)
FIJI ISLAND (21 Days Visa-Free)
Fiji is an island nation offering the quintessential coastal holiday experience. Fiji provides you with palm-tree-lined beaches, underwater adventures, and exceptional culture. From stunning waterfalls and pristine waters to vibrant sea life and long stretches of sandy beaches, there’s so much to experience in this small country.
Fiji is also known for its tropical climate, with rainfall and warm to high temperatures throughout the year. July to September brings the lowest rainfall and the lowest temperatures, making this period the most comfortable time to visit Fiji.
If you want urban life, then their capital Suva, which boasts a vibrant nightlife scene is your go-to place. Fijians are considered to be the happiest people on earth, they might even show you around or get you involved in some local customs. Popular native ceremonies in Fiji are Meke performances, fire-walking, and Kava ceremonies.
The numbers of tourists increase during the summer which increases the price of accommodation. Food and accommodation are generally cheap in Fiji.
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure holiday for the kids, an enthralling cultural experience, or a relaxing couples vacation by the water, Fiji is your ultimate holiday destination.
Despite the distance to Africa, Fiji Islands remain a popular destination for many Africans, especially Nigeria travellers. Nadi International Airport is the most used airport in Fiji Islands & it’s better to fly from Abuja to Nadi than elsewhere in Nigeria. You should expect to have at least 3 stopovers on the way.
Fiji Island offers Nigerians 21 days Visa Free stay which is exactly 3 weeks –enough time for a good vacation.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
The Fiji government has announced changes to International travel due to COVID-19. Ahead of travel, returning residents and non-Fiji citizens must request approval from the Office of the Prime Minister for entry (by air or sea) into Fiji. Further information can be found on the Fiji government website.
BARBADOS ( 6 Months Visa-Free)
Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea is where you’ll find the magical island of Barbados. Barbados has a population of 284 000 and is abound with natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and amazing beaches. Some of the most popular beaches include Paynes Bay Beach, Gibbes Beach, Mullins Beach & Reeds Bay. This is called the Platinum Coast and is also where you will find many of the high-end hotels and villas.
Barbados coastal line is divided into the West Coast and East Coast. Swimming on the west coast is in turquoise, generally calm, waters where the sea temperature is warm, while the east coast has rugged waters with rolling waves, making it a good place for surfing.
Barbados is the birthplace of Rum and has a lively nightlife. The cuisine in Barbados is top-notch – and visitors know it. From mahi-mahi to macaroni pie, Barbados boasts a ton of specialties. Chefette with broasted chicken, fresh mangos, coconuts, and sugar cane are some of the cuisines in Barbados.
Barbados also has activities like horseback riding, golfing, surfing, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, and kitesurfing. Barbados experiences a wonderful climate, with warm temperatures all year, and plenty of sunny days. The best time to visit would be between April and September.
Barbados offers Nigerians 6 months Visa-Free stay.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
ALL travellers must travel with a valid negative Standard COVID-19 PCR test result. The sample must be taken within 3 days before arrival. Please note that the following will NOT be accepted:
Nasal swab samples, Saliva samples, Self-administered tests (even if the sample was taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider), Home kits, and Rapid PCR tests. To know more about Travel restrictions in Barbados, check https://issuu.com/visitbarbados/
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ( 21 Days Visa-Free)
Dominican Republic is one of the most beautiful places in the World. From the country’s rich history to the wonderfully diverse cultural mix, to the truly amazing beaches, there are lots of things to enjoy on the island. The Dominican Republic is arguably the leader in Caribbean all-inclusive resorts. With more than two dozen all-inclusive properties ranging from budget to luxury, you have a wide range of choices.
Let’s talk about cuisines, Dominican Republic boasts an array of Dishes influenced by Spanish, African, and Taino culture. Dishes to explore include Mangu (boiled, mashed plantain with onion, cheeses, scrambled egg & salami), casaba (cake made from yucca), and La Bandera, which comprises meat, rice & red beans. This dish is traditionally served with fried plantain.
If you need an ideal destination for a week of sea, sun & snorkeling, then the beautiful place of Punta Cana is your location. Another tourist attraction for snorkeling is the Champagne Reef which has some geothermal bubbles streaming through the rocks, this is a truly unique underwater experience and the most famous dive in Dominica.
The most attractive locations are the beaches and coastline; one which gives lots of experiences is the Samaná Bay where hundreds of humpback whales migrate from all over the north Atlantic to mate and give birth. This happens every year, from January to March. Tourists come to watch these magnificent creatures but are advised to book a boat trip from a licensed crew in the bay who will keep their distance, so as not to disturb these whales. The Dominican government is naturally very protective of the whales.
Just like many countries on this list, Dominican Republic has National Parks and the most popular is the Jaragua National Park. This park is renowned for its ecotourism, wildlife, and ethnic history, with many caves full of Taíno pictograms, an indigenous tribe of the Caribbean and Florida that populated the region before colonization. The Park is also home to hundreds of endangered species of bird.
The best time to visit Dominica is during the dry season ( January – May). Dominican Republic gives visitors 21 Days Visa-Free Stay.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
Passengers would be subject to medical screening upon arrival into the country. Passengers who present a vaccination card and/or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in the Dominican Republic will be exempted from the random test. Details can be found at https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/newsroom/coronavirus
SENEGAL (90 Days Visa-Free)
Senegal is one of the most bustling countries in Africa with a rich culture and lots of tourist attractions, little wonder it is termed the “ Gateway of Africa”. Since it is a West African country, it is very close to Nigeria, so distance shouldn’t be an issue. One of the reasons to vacate to Senegal is because it is budget-friendly. Apart from this, Senegal is a beautiful country with lovely places such as beaches, World Heritage Sites, unique art, some of Africa’s biggest wildlife, etc.
Thieboudienne (rice and fish), Chicken Yassa, Maffe, and Senegalese nem are very popular cuisines served to tourists to have a taste of the delicious meals in the country. Senegal is also home to beaches that tourists frequent.
Lying north of Senegal’s capital Dakar is Lake Retba or “Lac Rosa”. Lac Rosa, as it is understood from the name, is rose or pink in color because of the abundant algae concentrations. The micro-algae is completely harmless to humans, which makes swimming in Lake Retba entirely possible.
Senegalese are known to be very hospitable and make strangers feel safe in their country. With this, it is important to hire a tour guide to make your journey a very memorable one.
As part of ECOWAS, Nigerians can visit Senegal without VISA for up to 90days, as long as their passport is valid for at least 6 months from the day of Entry. The best time to visit Senegal because of the weather is between December and May.
Travellers have been advised to take medical vaccinations before going into the country. These Vaccinations are for Diahorrea, Meningitis, Typhoid, Hepatitis, and Malaria which are very prevalent in that country.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
International travel is open to ECOWAS Nations which Nigeria belongs. However, Covid-19 protocols are strictly adhered to. Travelers must present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than five days before arrival to be allowed into Senegal. Those transiting the country must also possess such a test result if remaining in Senegal longer than 24 hours. Travelers must also complete a passenger location form. Testing on arrival is no longer available.
GHANA (90 Days Visa-Free)
The West African Nation of Ghana is an ideal place for relaxation and tourism. It is also a very good place to go for budget-friendly trips. Ghana has a rich history, culture, and activities. The Former Gold Coast was once the port stop for the trans-Atlantic slave trade route. Ghanaians are very friendly, so expect to be welcomed with “Akwaaba”, a common welcome word whenever you enter a hotel, restaurant, or a Ghana home.
Ghana also has an array of beaches that attracts tourists. The golden-sanded beaches in the cities of Accra, Beyin, and Gomoa Fetteh are the perfect spots for drum lessons and cold glasses of palm wine. Ghanaians love music and have produced some of the best artists in Africa such as Sarkodie. You will be entertained with lovely Genres of music, accompanied by beautiful dances, giving you all the fun needed for your stay in the country.
When it comes to cuisines, Ghana is no pushover among African countries. One of their most popular dishes is the Ghanaian Jollof which has caused an online rivalry with Nigerian Jollof. This is another reason for you to go, so you can decide for yourself which is better between the Jollof.
Other places to visit are the rambling Kejetia Market in Kumasi which is said to be the largest in West Africa. The Mole National Park is another great place to visit; it is the country’s largest national park & home to some of Africa’s most famous animals, including elephants, hippos, and warthogs. The Kakum National Park offers you an opportunity to see the wildlife & Nature of the park with a canopy walk across the park.
Ghana is also home to West Africa’s highest waterfall in Eastern Ghana; it serves as a border between Ghana and Togo.
There are two distinct seasons in the country: wet and dry. The wet season (April to September) brings about life and there is plenty of rain, so make sure to bring an umbrella for your trip! During this time you will see the country at its most beautiful, with cascading waterfalls and rivers that are full of life. The dry season (November to March) is wonderful for exploring, and for spotting wildlife at watering holes. If you love a good party, then make sure to visit during the annual Homowo festival season between August and September.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
All visitors are now allowed into Ghana via Accra, as long as they have a negative test or undertake a second test on arrival at Kotoka International Airport. All passengers aged five and over must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and also undertake an additional antigen test on arrival. Get more details from https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-1/coronavirus-ghana
Note: Travelling by land and sea to Ghana is currently suspended.