If you are to ask many Nigerians today about their future plans, it is almost certain that most, if not all of them, would intimate you about their decision and plan to ‘japa’.
People are ‘japaing’ daily for many reasons, the most important of which is the availability of better professional opportunities in other countries.
Nigerians, especially young people are bailing out of the country to greener pastures because they are tired of waiting for a miracle. They are tired of dreaming that Nigeria would one day rise from being among the poorest countries to flourishing economically like other advanced nations.
Given the current rate, the ‘japa’ trend does not appear to be ending any time soon. As many people are leaving the country, others are thinking deeply about how to make their ‘japa’ dreams come true.
Since getting a visa can be tedious and nearly impossible, most people who are genuinely considering leaving the country remain stuck in Nigeria, always asking ‘God when?’ not knowing that there are countries they can travel to as a Nigerian with only a passport.
In the spirit of ‘japa’, The West African Pilot News has compiled a list of countries you can travel to more freely, without needing to go through the laborious process of getting an embassy visa before you take off.
As a Nigerian passport-holder, you have visa-free entry in the following countries: Barbados, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Niger, Mali, Montserrat, Micronesia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Vanuatu.
Travellers are generally granted a 30-day entry, but in some countries, it can be more. For instance, if you travel to Benin, Chad, Gambia, Haiti, or Senegal, you can stay for 90 days. Meanwhile, if you are travelling to Barbados or Dominica, you can stay for 180 days.
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