Everyone dreams of travelling out of the country, but any Nigerian passport holder would know how much of a struggle it is to get a visa. In fact, this is often the reason for unfulfilled travel plans. Fortunately, there are about 30 countries we can visit with our Nigerian passports without a visa! Here are some of our top pick favourite visa-free destinations perfect for your Christmas holiday. With so many visa-free destinations to choose from, all you need now are exciting activities to make your stay worthwhile!
Mauritius was made first, and then heaven and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”- Mark Twain
Sitting in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean; Mauritius has long been a dream destination that will captivate you with it’s rich and colourful multicultural society. Rent a bicycle to explore all corners of the Island and discover the enchanting ambience of the environment. If you are a foodie, you will certainly enjoy the delicious multi-continental cuisine of African, Chinese and Indian influences that surpasses the magnanimous hospitality you will feel while you are there. Travelling with kids? Don’t fret, there is numerous kids’ club that will keep them busy and entertained throughout the day. Enjoy a bit of hustle and bustle of the shops and market in Port Louis as you shop for one or two handcrafted souvenirs. This paradise with breathtakingly beautiful hotels and stunning beaches will leave you speechless.
Visa: Nigerians get a visa upon arrival in Mauritius for 14 days.
Known for the dramatic crescent tamed by giant granite boulder, Seychelles is an outstandingly beautiful holiday destination. It comprises of 155 Islands, with a population of less than 100 000. Make the most of your Christmas holiday by visiting the Kenwyn House in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles for lovely exotic gifts like jewellery made from semi-precious stones. Afterwards, put on your dancing shoes and head over to ‘The Pirate Arms in the Central Mahe’ where you can dance the night away. Hire a car or bicycle so that you can do as much or as you little as you like. Find a deserted beach, eat at the roadside cafe, enjoy scenic rides and stop whenever you please.
Visa: Nigerians get a visitor’s permit for 30 days in Seychelles
Located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar is the fourth-largest Island in the world. It is a place where you can find thousands of animal species, such as lemurs, found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. It is a dream destination that will captivate you with its enthralling beauty.
Do you want to go on a safari? Strap on your hiking boots and see Madagascar at your own pace. When it comes to accommodation there are plenty of family-friendly lodges that are very affordable. It is an intriguing place that exposes both you and your family to new adventurous holiday experiences that are guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Visa: Nigerians get a visa upon arrival in Madagascar for 90 days.
If you haven’t explored this hidden gem tucked away in the South Pacific Ocean then now is the time. Fiji is one of the most beautiful Islands in the world, it is a perfect place for honeymoons, family vacations or weddings. It offers many exciting activities like sightseeing, sailing, Island tours and spas. For those Nigerians who consider themselves as adrenaline junkies—this is the perfect destination for you. Make your way through the Island and you will never regret visiting this enthralling place. Savour the Fijian cuisine that will excite your taste buds, you can try Baigan Valo or the favourite Fijian dish Kokoda. If you are the restless type you can cruise through the whole 300 archipelagos. Don’t forget to take your camera with you, it is the best souvenir you can take along.
Visa: Fiji is a visa-free country and you can stay for 4 months.
Only a few places in the world are more photogenic than The Maldives, it is a stunning archipelago with crystalline blue waters stretched on pristine white sands scattered across the Indian Ocean. One of the best holiday destinations in the world that offers the best family getaways, diving excursions and beach retreats. Relax on an idyllic sunset cruise on a dhoni traditional wooden boats where the captain deftly steers the rudder with his foot. If you’ve never swum with a shark before, now is the time to start with the gentle giant of the ocean in South Ari Atoll. Take a bicycle tour to explore the Islands, connected by road, or walk through the tropical jungles. You are bound to create an unforgettable memory here!
Visa: Nigerians get a visa upon arrival in the Maldives for 30 days.
Of course, you don’t need a visa to visit your own country, however, it is part of the list since we have some hidden spots that are yet to be discovered in our beautiful country. If you are in Calabar visit The Tinapa Lakeside Resort or the famous Obudu Ranch. In Osun State learn more about the rich culture by visiting the Ife Museum in Enuwa Square, or play at the Olumirin Waterfalls in Erin-Ijesha. Let’s not forget the riveting ambience of the beautiful northern states. There is also Ogun State, where you have the popular Olumo Rock and Hill Top Golf. Lagos is bound to sweep you off your feet with its stunning environment and beautiful beach resorts in Ikaare Island. You’re sure to capture some beautiful pictures along the way.
These are the 6 countries that are pocket-friendly and visa-free for a memorable holiday. Do you know other visa-free countries for a family vacation? Please free to share with us in the comments section.