Places an ECOWAS Passport Lets West Africans Access Visa-Free!

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I wrote about the ECOWAS passport briefly in some previous posts of mine and I know I mentioned how restricting it could be at times, but today's post will be highlighting some of the perks of having this passport nd the countries it allows you visit without having to apply for a visa beforehand.

The green passport commonly owned by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member states have been around for some time and for frequent travellers, they sometimes come with setbacks and a certain type of treatment best not mentioned today.

It is no secret that I’m Nigerian by nationality, and my wandering feet means I have had my fair share of disappointments whenever I see the costs of applying for a visa talk less of the actual tickets. I remember one time I spent up to 3 hours along with my travel group waiting for clearance in Egypt after almost 6 hours of travelling while those with red and blue passports were cleared in 30/40 minutes tops.

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Before you take a trip, you might want to consider checking out online flight booking services like google flight, and whichever ones you might have been using prior for flight deals and travel packages to these wonderful places.

Once upon a time, I thought that I could only visit our neighbour countries visa-free as they are also in the ECOWAS clique but that quickly changed when I started looking up potential vacation destinations

So, today’s post is looking at 40 something countries Nigerians can visit without the hassle of visa applications in 2019.

Visa-free means one can travel to these places without having to apply for a visa prior to the trip but these places, inasmuch as they are visa-free, may have various restrictions and processes unique to the various countries to be noted before arrival. Also, some have time limitations in which you are allowed to stay visa-free but once that elapses, you have to process a visa and some require a fee to be paid in order to receive the visa on arrival.

Therefore, it is highly advisable to do your research before you travel to avoid surprises and being cheated due to ignorance.

  • Bangladesh – visa is given on arrival
  • Barbados – 6 months visa free
  • Benin Republic – visa free
  • Burundi – 30 days visa on arrival
  • Burkina Faso – visa free
  • Cameroon – visa free
  • Cape Verde – visa is given on arrival
  • Chad – visa free
  • Cote d’Ivoire – visa free
  • Comoros Island – visa is given on arrival
  • Djibouti – visa is given on arrival
  • Dominica – 21 days visa free
  • Fiji – 4 months visa free
  • Gambia – 90 days visa free

  • Ghana – visa free
  • Guinea Bissau – 90 days visa free
  • Haiti – 90 days visa free
  • Iran – visa is given on arrival
  • Kenya – 90 days visa on arrival
  • Liberia – visa free
  • Madagascar – 90 days visa on arrival
  • Mali – visa free
  • Maldives – 30 days visa on arrival
  • Mauritania – visa is given on arrival
  • Mauritius – 90 days visa free
  • Micronesia – 30 days visa free
  • Nauru – visa is given on arrival
  • Niger Republic – visa free
  • Palau – 30 days visa on arrival
  • Samoa – 60 days visa on arrival
  • Senegal – visa free
  • Seychelles – visa free
  • Sierra Leone – visa free
  • Somalia – visa is given on arrival
  • Sri Lanka – electronic travel authorisation
  • Tanzania – visa is given on arrival
  • Timor-Leste – 30 days visa on arrival
  • Togo – visa free
  • Tuvalu – 30 days visa on arrival
  • Uganda – visa is given on arrival but you can apply beforehand as well
  • Vanuatu – 30 days visa free

I hope with this in mind, you can break out of your comfort zone and actually explore the world with that Nigerian passport in hand!

Till next time, stay safe and healthy.

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