Can I Travel to Nigeria Without a Visa?

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Can I Travel to Nigeria Without a Visa?

We usually get this question all the time from foreigners who wish to travel Nigeria for business or tourist reasons. Therefore, we are going to answer this question for you in here. Keep reading.

Can I Travel to Nigeria Without a Visa?

The answer is “Yes” and “No”. Now let me explain.

If you are a citizen of a country that belongs to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) then you can travel to Nigeria without a visa. This is because there is a visa abolishing agreement between member countries. Countries under the ECOWAS includes the following:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cabo Verde
  • Côte D’ivoire
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo

This is to say that a citizen of Ghana or Senegal can  travel to Nigeria without a visa. However, they will need to show their passport at the port of entry in Nigeria.

If you are not an international passport holder of any of the countries listed above, you will need a visa to travel to Nigeria.

I know that your next question will be: ” So how to I get the Nigerian visa “. And am going to answer that question now.

You can get the Nigerian visa in two ways.

1. You can apply for the visa by going to the Nigerian embassy or consulate in your home country or in the country where you are residing.


2. Through the Nigeria visa on arrival program. This option is usually better if you are travelling to Nigeria for any of these reasons:

(a). You do not have the Nigerian embassy/consulate in your country.

(b). If the Nigerian embassy/consulate is very far from where you reside.

(c). If you are going to Nigeria on short notice.

(d). If you are travelling to Nigeria for business reasons.

(e). If you do not intend to stay in Nigeria for more than 30 to 60 days.


Did I hear you ask the next question? “So how do I travel to Nigeria with this visa on arrival program “?

Well, to get the information that you need on how to apply for the Nigeria visa on arrival, you should read our article on it. Its has a detailed simplified explanation and also a step my step guide (with pictures) on how start and complete the process. How to Apply for the Nigeria Visa on Arrival

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