How Far Can You Travel With Your African Passport – Part I

So many people who do not have permanent residence status from a country on the top ranked global passports list want to know how far they can explore the world with their African passport. As a result of this, we compiled a list of countries you can visit tourist-visa free or obtain a tourist-visa on arrival provided you have a valid multiple entry US visa or Schengen Visa or UK or Canadian visa.

We focused our list on the Nigerian passport, given that Nigeria is our home country and unfortunately is among the top poorly ranked passports in Africa. This makes it one of the best countries to benchmark in developing this list. If you are Nigerian, we all know how difficult it is traveling with a Nigerian passport.

Photo Credit: Visit Bosnia; Destination: Bosnia and Herzegovina

According to the Global Passport Power Rank 2017 index, the Nigerian passport is ranked #46 out of 54 in Africa. Countries ranked below Nigeria include Djibouti, Congo (Democratic Republic), South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Sudan and Somalia (listed in order). This implies that if you have an African passport that is not Nigerian and ranked above the Nigerian passport, you will most likely be able to visit the countries on this list. Additionally, if your country is member country in the Commonwealth, with the exemption of a few countries such as Nigeria, then you will be able to visit additional countries without a tourist-visa or obtain a visa on arrival. Otherwise, you will require a visa to visit the country.

This series will be published in several parts with the countries listed in alphabetical order. In this post, we feature countries A – F.

We hope this inspires our aspiring African travelers looking to defy the odds in global travels to keep exploring.

Photo Credit: Claudio Bezerra; Destination: Aruba

  1. Albania: Citizens of Nigeria holding a valid multiple entry Schengen visa type “C” or “D”, or multiple-entry United States visa, can enter Albania without a visa, within the validity of their Schengen/US visa.
  2. American Samoa: Citizens of Nigeria living in the United States can travel to American Samoa using their valid United States visa
  3. Andorra: A visa is not required to visit Andorra, however, Andorra is only accessible through Spain or France. Citizens of Nigeria will require a multiple entry Schengen visa for Spain or France to obtain entry to Andorra.
  4. Antigua and Barbuda: The territory of Antigua and Barbuda can do that if they enjoy a valid Schengen Visa. However, national visa Visas may be granted on arrival persons who are holders of a valid United States Visa or permanent Resident Card; or A Canadian Visa or permanent Resident Card, or A United Kingdom Visa or Resident Card, or A Schengen Visa. will be granted on arrival (border), a single entry tourist visa-on-arrival for stay up to 30 DAYS. However, confirm with the consulate before travel. Email: immigrationanu@candw.ag
  5. Aruba: All nationals who are holders of a valid multi entry visa for the The Schengen Territory (Schengen Visa). Holders of a valid multiple-entry visa for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Holders of a valid residence permit for the Schengen Area, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Contact the Netherlands Consulate in your region before travel.
  6. Bangladesh: Visa can be obtained upon arrival valid for 90 days.
  7. Barbados: Barbados tourist visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 180 days.

    Photo Credit: CountlessMiles; Destination: Belize

  8. Benin: Benin tourist visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 30 days.
  9. Bermuda: Citizens of Nigeria with a multiple-entry United States visa do not require a visa to Bermuda for a maximum stay of 90 days. United States visa must be valid at least 45 days beyond the period of stay in Bermuda.
  10. Belize: Citizens of Nigeria that hold a valid permanent resident card or a valid multiple-entry visa from the United States do not require a visa for Belize. Please refer to the embassy for complete details
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Foreigners who have multiple Schengen visa or European Union member state visa or residence permit of the Schengen Agreement country or European Union member state, if for such passport holders visa is required, can stay up to 15days in Bosnia and Herzegovina without visa under condition that they enter in BiH from the Schengen Agreement country, European Union member state or from the country with which BiH has an agreement on readmission in force – Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia,… Such visas should be valid at least 15 days longer when entering our country.
  12. British Virgin Islands: Effective September 1st, 2016, this policy will allow nationals of a country where BVI visas are required, who hold a UK, US or Canada visas and are visiting the BVI for Business or tourism related matters, to enter and remain for a period of less than six (6) months, without the need for a visa. Holders of current and valid visas issued by the United Kingdom, United States or Canada should have six (6) months of validity or use prior to travel to the BVI. Furthermore, the exemption would only apply to visits of six months or less.
  13. Bulgaria: Holders of valid Schengen visas will have the right to enter and reside in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than three months in any six-month periodfrom the date of the first entry, without needing to have a Bulgarian short-stay visa. Holders of valid visas and residence permits issued by Romania, Cyprus and Croatia for a stay of up to 90 days will have the right to enter and stay in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.
  14. Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso tourist visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 90 days.
  15. Burundi: Visa on arrival for 3 months at Bujumbura airport for foreign visitors. However, an Entry authorization letter issued by the authorities of Burundi is now required to obtain a visa on arrival.
  16. Cameroon: Visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 90 days.
  17. Cape Verde: Visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 90 days.
  18. Chad: Visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 90 days.
  19. Cocos Islands: Visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 30 days

    Photo Credit: Secret Bay Resort; Destination: Dominica

  20. Colombia: Foreigners who want to enter, transit and visit Columbia for short-stays can do that without needing a Columbian Visa in case they possess a short-stay Schengen visa, which allow them to stay there for not more than 90 DAYS within the period of 6-MONTHS. Confirm with consulate before travel.
  21. Comoros: Citizens of Nigeria can obtain a visa on arrival in Comoros for a stay of up to 90 days.Traveler must hold return or onward tickets.
  22. Cook Islands: Citizens of Nigeria must present the following documents on arrival in Cook Islands: Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in Cook Islands, Evidence of onward or return transportation, proof of adequate accommodations, proof of sufficient funds. Travelers that meet all of the above requirements,will be issued an exemption on arrival valid for a stay of up to 31 days. Duration of stay can be extended in 31-day increments, up to a total stay of 180 days, through the Cook Islands of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
  23. Costa Rica: Nationals do not need a tourist visa to enter Costa Rica if they have a tourist visa, a visa for crew or a business visa (multiple entry) from the following countries: United States of America, Canada, Japan, Schengen Visa and/ or any country of the European Union.
  24. Croatia: Since the 22nd of the July 2014, the Republic of Croatia has entered into force the decision to allow all foreigners holding valid Schengen Visa to enter, transit and stay in its territory without needing to provide an additional Croatian visa. The allowed period of stay is 90 DAYS within any 6-MONTH period
  25. Curaçao: All nationals who are holders of a valid multi entry visa for the The Schengen Territory (Schengen Visa). Holders of a valid multiple-entry visa for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Holders of a valid residence permit for the Schengen Area, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Contact the Netherlands Consulate in your region before travel.
  26. Cyprus: Citizens of Nigeria holding a valid Schengen visa type “C” that has been used to enter the Schengen region at least once, can enter and stay in Cyprus within the validity of their Schengen visa. If holding a single entry visa, applicant must travel directly from the Schengen region to Cyprus.
  27. Dominica: Dominica tourist visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 180 days.
  28. Dominican Republic: Nationals that hold a valid permanent resident card or a valid visa from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or any European Union nation, do not need to obtain a visa to Dominican Republic. These individuals will need to purchase a Tourist Card.
  29. Dutch Caribbean islands Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba: All nationals who are holders of a valid multi entry visa for the The Schengen Territory (Schengen Visa). Holders of a valid multiple-entry visa for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Holders of a valid residence permit for the Schengen Area, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Contact the Netherlands Consulate in your region before travel.
  30. Fiji: Fiji tourist visa is not required for citizens of Nigeria for a stay up to 120 days.

Note that we strongly you advise to confirm with the countries consulate before you finalize travel plans as these rules may change. Stay tuned for Part II featuring countries G-Z.

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