Let’s face it — the Nigerian passport is super WEAK. As at the time of writing this post, the current mobility score of the Nigerian passport stands at a mere 49 — meaning holders of the Nigerian passport can only visit about 49 countries without a visa.
Even so, most of these countries are places people do not dream of going.
Even Nigeria’s closest neighbor — Benin Republic — has a mobility score of 64, Ghana 68, and South Africa 100.
Currently, the passport of Seychelles is the strongest African passport with a mobility score of 137!
Among the 49 countries Nigeria can currently visit without a visa, this might be the best 5:
Ghana is completely visa-free for Nigerian passport holders.
A few decades ago, Ghana was on the verge of economic collapse. The country was in serious crisis, with suffering and famine threatening to shut down the nation.
But Ghana is a different story today. Today, the economy of Ghana has a diverse and rich resource base, including the manufacturing and exportation of digital technology goods.
The country’s democracy has also stabilized (one of the best in West Africa) and the proactive government has created initiatives and tax structures that are constantly moving the economy forward.
Mauritius is an island country in East Africa known for its elegant beaches, lagoons and reefs.
Mauritius is an upper-middle-income country with a moving economy, effectively driven by sugar, tourism, textiles, and financial services industries.
With its very low crime rates, Mauritius is probably one of the safest countries in Africa to travel to. Nigerians do not need a visa to travel to Mauritius — they can get one on their arrival at an airport in the country. The stay duration is just two weeks though.
Seychelles is a visa-free country which means that there are no visa requirements for any persons wishing to travel to the country.
Nigerians can travel to Seychelles as tourists for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. All that is required is a simple tourist registration and entry is granted.
Seychelles is known for its beauty — the country is home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Visiting the country has always been a great exciting experience for tourists.
Nigerians can get an eVisa to Qatar which permits them to stay in the country for 30 days. An eVisa is an official document issued online by the Immigration Department of a country that allows a foreigner to enter the country without the need for a regular visa.
Qatar is a peninsular Arab country known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architectures. According to Wikipedia, Qatar’s economy is one of the richest economies in the world based on GDP per capita, ranking between fifth and seventh in world rankings for 2015 and 2016.
The Government of Turkey allows Nigerians to enter the country with just an eVisa for stays of up to 90 days.
The World Bank classifies Turkey as an upper-middle income country in terms of the country’s per capita GDP in 2007.
While not the capital, Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city with more than 13 million people – 99 percent of which are Muslim.