Three beautiful visa-free countries Nigerian passport holders can visit this December

Christmas is fast approaching and the struggles involved in obtaining visas would definitely prevent many from spending the season in their dream countries.

Holders of Nigerian passports are eligible to travel to many countries without visas and Jetsanza.com recommends one of the 3 visa-free countries below for your December holiday.

If you hold a Ghanaian passport, read 5 Beautiful Visa-Free Countries Ghanaian Passport Holders Can Visit This December.

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe; two islands which are very close in proximity, is located in the Gulf of Guinea near Gabon with a population of less than 200,000. The islands were discovered and inhabited by the Portuguese, so tourists of the island experience diverse cultures.

If you are a lover of tropical fruits, then São Tomé and Príncipe is a must go. São Tomé cuisines can never be complete, without refreshing tropical fruits and hot spices. Coffee lovers will enjoy it most here. Réchauffé is a major breakfast and tastes better, just like Ghanaian and Nigerian Jollof.

Aside from the perfect palm avenue beaches, the islands have museums, parks, skyscraper-like volcanic rock, and rainforests. The Islands never get dull as there are a lot of activities to entertain you to the fullest. There are birds of different kinds to admire, whales to watch excitingly, fishing, boat trips, and scuba diving.

Use the NEXT button after the pictures to navigate to the rest of the countries.

Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Boat ride, Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe
Beach in Sao Tome & Principe

Full list of visa-free countries for Nigerian Passport holders

This article contains the list of visa-free countries for Nigerian passport holder. For Ghanaian passport holders, see Visa-free countries for Ghanaian passport holders.

Below is a list of countries Nigerian Passport holders can travel to without visas

Barbados  – 6 months
Benin – 90 days
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Chad – 3 months

Côte d’Ivoire
Dominica – 6 months
Fiji – 4 months
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau

Liberia
Mali
Micronesia – 30 days
Niger

Saint Kitts and Nevis – 3 months
Senegal – 90 days
Sierra Leone
Togo
Vanuatu – 30 days

E-visas and Visa on Arrival

Tuvalu Visa on arrival – 1 month
Somalia Visa on arrival – 30 days
Timor-Leste Visa on arrival – 30 days
Seychelles Free Visitor’s Permit on arrival – 3 months
Samoa Free Entry Permit on arrival – 60 days
Palau Free visa on arrival – 30 days
Rwanda eVisa / Visa on arrival – 30 days
Gabon eVisa

Ethiopia eVisa / Visa on arrival up to 90 days
Djibouti eVisa – 31 days
Comoros Visa on arrival
Zambia eVisa
Zimbabwe eVisa
Uganda eVisa / Visa on arrival
Cambodia eVisa / Visa on arrival – 30 days
Iran Visa on arrival – 30 days

Kenya eVisa / Visa on arrival – 3 months
Kyrgyzstan eVisa
Lesotho eVisa
Madagascar eVisa / Visa on arrival – 90 days
Maldives Free visa on arrival – 30 days
Mauritania Visa on arrival

Mauritius Visa on arrival – 2 weeks
Mozambique Visa on arrival – 30 days
Namibia Visa on arrival

Eleven killed in river cruise smash in Nigeria’s World Cup city Volgograd

  • The boat went down one mile from where Nigeria would be playing against Iceland on June 22
  • The Super Eagles fans are currently in Kaliningrad preparing for their World Cup opening match against Croatia on June 16.

11 people have been confirmed dead when a riverboat hosting a traffic cop’s birthday party crashed close to where Nigeria play against Iceland on June 22.

The rooms are lined with garish red decor at the £104-a-night four-star hot. PHOTO by GETTY IMAGES
The rooms are lined with garish red decor at the £104-a-night four-star hot. PHOTO by GETTY IMAGES

Officer Vitaly Negrash’s 17-year-old daughter and doctor wife were among those who perished when the unlicensed vessel went down in the Volga River, in Volgograd, yesterday.

Reports claim the catamaran with a capacity for a dozen passengers was overloaded with 16 and lacked basic safety features including lights and life jackets.

Negrash died alongside his daughter Inga and wife Elena, in her 30s, when the vessel collided with a barge and sank 800ft from the riverbank during the “drunken” bash.

The search for survivors was called off after the boat was raised from the bottom of the river and hauled to the shore earlier today.

World Cup 2018: What to see in Russia’s host cities for Nigeria’s matches

Nigeria is considered by Russia as ‘immigration risk’ country with strict measures in place for Nigerians traveling to Russia but the case has not been the same for fans traveling for the World Cup.

Nigerians, as any other participating country in the World Cup, enjoyed simplified travel procedures to Russia and this is an opportunity for fans to see some of the beautiful attractions in the country while enjoying the games.

Jetsanza.com lists recommended attractions in the host cities for the Nigeria’s matches.

Kaliningrad
Croatia v Nigeria, 16 June

Formely the capital of Prussia, Konigsberg (“King’s mountain”) later flattened in the Second World War. During the Potsdam Conference, Stalin procured the city as the westernmost outpost of the USSR. Even though it was hundreds of miles from Russia, the area became part of the world’s biggest country – and was rebranded as Kaliningrad, with the German-speaking population forcibly removed.

The major attraction in Kaliningrad is the grand cathedral, re-built with the help of German donations. Look out for the statue of Immanuel Kant, the philosopher who believed perpetual peace could be secured through universal democracy and international cooperation.

Volgograd
Nigeria v Iceland, 22 June

Formerly Stalingrad, Volgograd is on the western bank of the Volga River. It was the site of WWII’s Battle of Stalingrad, commemorated by a huge statue, The Motherland Calls, part of the hilltop Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex.

Known as Hill 102, Mamaev Kurgan changed hands many times during the biggest confrontation in the Second World War: the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the Soviet Union fought Germany to a standstill in 1942-43, with the loss of thousands of Red Army and German lives. The hill, which is now the site of a memorial complex, stands above the brand-new stadium – which, according to Fifa, “embodies aspects of a Victory Day firework display”.

After the tournament, the ground will become home to FC Rotor, formally known as Tractor Stalingrad.

St Petersburg
Nigeria v Argentina, 26 June

The former Russian capital is the greatest urban creation of all time, coaxed into existence by Peter the Great – now entombed in the Peter and Paul Cathedral, alongside the murdered family of the last tsar. And the Hermitage is arguably the finest art gallery in the world, both in terms of its location, in a string of former palaces, and houses Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso and others.

Aso ebi: The Significance of Super Eagles’ Traditional Dress to World Cup

Super Eagles of Nigeria PHOTO: Facebook
Super Eagles of Nigeria PHOTO: Facebook

The Super Eagles of Nigeria departed their camp in Austria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in traditional dresses from Nigeria called ‘Aso ebi’.

Super Eagles of Nigeria  PHOTO: Facebook
Super Eagles of Nigeria PHOTO: Facebook

The Super Eagles were so excited about their travel to Russia and shared photos of themselves in ‘Aso ebi’ which went viral on social media in few minutes.

The Nigerian team is not only showcasing the country’s culture by putting on these beautiful traditional wears but sending a message to the participating teams and the world at large.

Super Eagles of Nigeria  PHOTO: Facebook
Super Eagles of Nigeria PHOTO: Facebook

Aso in Yoruba means cloth, while ebi is family. Aso ebi means family cloth.

Aso ebi, which is popular in Nigeria and some West African cultures signifies cooperation and solidarity. The Super Eagles is sending a message to the world that they are going to the World Cup as a family with a common interest; probably to make a mark, if even not bringing home the ultimate prize.

The Super Eagles would be playing Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia in the group stages.

Super Eagles of Nigeria  PHOTO: Facebook
Super Eagles of Nigeria PHOTO: Facebook

6 Reasons Nigerians should visit Ghana

The West African countries of Ghana and Nigeria have an ongoing rivalry between them akin to that of siblings. From football, to politics, to entertainment, citizens of each country always want to demonstrate their superiority over the other, howbeit not in a hateful or bias manner. It is always more bants than facts. There have been several episodes, of ‘social media wars’ or ‘Twitter Fights’ between citizens of both countries that leave us all clutching our stomach with laughter. Through it all though, it is obvious that it is all love and sport.

In this post, we attempt to give reasons why Nigerians, despite the rivalry with their Ghanaian counterparts, should visit the Gold Coast. Just like Nigeria, Ghana is rich in history, mineral resources, culture, tradition and places of interest to see and visit.

Many Nigerians do not even know that Ghana has Hausa and Fulani speaking people like there are in Nigeria.

 

Cousins

Ghanaians are like cousins to Nigerians. Visiting Ghana for a Nigerian is like visiting cousins for holiday. There are lots both countries share in common, but somehow still do things differently. Case in point, the Jollof. When Nigerians visit Ghana there is an air of familiarity about the place, some lingo and slang are commonly used, but Ghana’s pidgin is still very confusing to Nigerians.

 

Food

Shito. Banku. Waakye. Jollof. The list is endless really. Ghanaian cuisine can be a joy to experience and even though the eternal battle over whose Jollof is better still rages on, no Nigerian should visit Ghana without tasting the Jollof. Ghanaian food is actually so popular in Nigeria that there are bukas and restaurants in Lagos dedicated to selling just Ghanaian meals. The most popular among them is Ghana High.

 

Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale is Ghana’s biggest music sensation at the moment. And only recently he has had a war of words with Nigerian pop artistes on social media. As long as you are not one to take these things too seriously, visiting Ghana to see a Shatta Wale-show should be on your list of things to do, at least that way you can see what the hype is about yourself and tell if he is as great as he says he really is.

 

Beaches

Ghana is blessed with such an impressive stretch of beaches. If you are tired of the Elegushi and Oniru beaches of Lagos, switch it up by exploring the coastline of Labadi and Kobrobite. If you are enthusistic about wildlife, visit the Cocoloco beach where you would find turtles and a large number of river birds. Beach Resorts in Ghana are beautiful and spending a night or more in one of them would greatly enrich your Ghana experience.

 

Chale Wote

Nigeria has Calabar Carnival. Ghana has Chale Wote. This annual street cum art festival does get bigger and better every year with amazing exhibitions, musical performances, art installations, food, merchandise vendors as well as live music and dance that goes on well into the night. For anyone who enjoys having a good time and finds him/herself in Ghana in the month of August, Chale Wote is a must-attend.

 

Nigerian Community

There is a perpetually growing Nigerian community in Ghana and visiting Ghana would definitely feel like home. It wont be long before you notice the familiar accent of a Nigerian, no matter where he is from back home and quickly tag them as your brother or your sister. Especially in Ghanaian Universities where many Nigerians turn to as an alternative to schooling in Europe or right here at home.

GUEST BLOG by: Caleb Olorunmaiye, [email protected]