Despite the restrictions, there are some countries that do not require visas from Nigerians, or issue visas on arrival. We have put together a list of five of these countries. These are the places we call green passport friendly destinations.
So pull on your planning hat and prepare for that vacation. You can thank us later!
Cape Verde – Visa on Arrival
Cape Verde is a year-round sun spot with alluring beaches, volcanic hiking routes, and a lively music scene. This is an ideal destination if you love island hopping, sailing, swimming or water sports. Made up of ten islands including the popular Sal, Boa Vista, Santa Maria, and Santiago, Cape Verde is popular for its perfect weather, snow white beaches and lush blue waters.
Places of Interest
- The Volcanic Mount Fogo – The volcanic peak of Mount Fogo, which towers 2829m above the surrounding waters, lies in the heart of Cape Verde. Tourists can hire a guide to hike the banks of the volcano and take in the view of the surroundings from its mouth. Beyond the volcano, a visit to Fogo will allow you try its tasty local coffee and iconic wine. Tourists also get to see its pretty Portuguese squares.
- Santo Antão – Cape Verde’s second largest island, Santa Antão is one of the region’s largest attractions, its landscape home to a mix of lush valleys, waterfalls, and cliffs, all of which make it a scenic and dramatic environment perfect for tourists
- Mindelo – If you want to experience the local culture, then visit Mindelo. Mindelo is Cape Verde’s cultural and nightlife capital. Its streets are lined with colourful buildings; bars and restaurants that frequently play traditional local music. It is also popular for its colourful and animated carnival celebrations, with roots in Portuguese traditions.
- Cidade Velha – Located on the island of Santiago, Cidade Velha translates to Old Town, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It still houses several sites that date back to within a century or so of its founding. These include the Sao Francisco Monastery and Church, and the cliff-side Fortaleza Real de São Filipe.
Currency Tip: While the official currency is the Cape Verdan escudo, the Euro is generally accepted in Cape Verde. With many restaurants and hotels billing guests in Euros, it is advisable to go with the Euro.
Kenya – Visa on Arrival for 90 days
Kenya is most famous for its wildlife safaris. It boasts of an astounding variety of wildlife, landscapes, flora and fauna. For a first timer, the diversity of things to do will dazzle you. The main attraction for most people visiiting are the wildlife safaris. Kenya is also home to beautiful beaches, unique communities with beautiful cultures, islands, mountains and parks.
Places of Interest
- Maasai Mara National Reserve – This is Kenya’s most famous reserve thanks to the sheer brilliance of its game viewing. It is one of the world’s most magnificent game reserves, bordering Tanzania, it is the northern extension of the Serengeti and forms a wildlife corridor between the two countries. The park is famous for the Great Migration when thousands of wildebeest travel to and from the Serengeti, from July through October. In the Mara River, several hippos and crocodiles can be found.
- Kenya’s turquoise waters, white sand beaches and scenic Islands – Kenya’s coastline and islands are very dreamy. The warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean caress the shores of long stretches of white sand beaches of Kenya. Enjoy an African beach holiday on one of Kenya’s many Indian Ocean islands, including Kiwayu, Lamu, Manda and Funzi. Enjoy water sports and swim with dolphins with little human disturbance on these pristine beaches.
- Archaeological sites – Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lake Turkana, which is recognized for its significant contributions to archaeology, earning the reputation of being the “Cradle of Mankind.” One site alone, the Kobi Fora section, has advanced the science of paleontology more than any other place in Africa, with some relics being more than 3,000,000 years old. Other locations with archaeological gems include Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Currency Tip: The official currency in Kenya is the Kenyan shilling. United States Dollars are accepted by airlines and many large hotels and can be used to pay national park entry fees. Our advice is that you take US Dollars and change some into Kenyan shillings once you get into Kenya, to be used for minor bills. All other bills can be paid in US Dollars.
- Maldives – Visa on Arrival for 30 days
Vacationing in Maldives is certainly a dream for a lot of people with its sun kissed beaches, luxurious hotels, crystal clear sea and colorful fishes. The Maldives is a South Asian island country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India. You can choose any of the ninety resorts islands across the Maldives for your honeymoon or vacation; allowing yourself the freedom to explore everything the amazing tropical country has to offer.
Points of Interest
- The Malé Friday Mosque – Also known as the Old Friday Mosque and built in 1658, this is one of the oldest and most ornate mosques in the capital city of Malé. It is a beautiful structure made from coral stone into which intricate decoration and Quranic script have been chiseled. Non-Muslims are required to get permission from an official of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs before gaining entry. However if you arrive at the mosque conservatively dressed and outside prayer times, you may get permission to enter on the spot.
- Meeru Island Resort – Meeru Island is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Meerufenfushi, The resort boats two main restaurants that both feature an “all you can eat” buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served in traditional open-air, sand floor, thatch roof dining rooms with a separate table for each guest room. It also has other themed restaurants including one specializing in Asian cuisine, snack bars, swimming pools, sport bars and more. Facilities you can enjoy at the resort include table tennis, snooker, table football, darts, board games, guided diving, snorkeling and guided diving.
- National Museum – With the purpose of preserving history and opened in 1952, the museum has a large collection of historical artifacts, ranging from stone objects to fragments of royal antiquities from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs. A diverse collection of artifacts are displayed in the museum, including relics from the foregone pre-Islamic period era, thrones, royal sunshades and furniture, costumes and shoes, coins, ornaments, arms, armor, textiles such as ceremonial dresses, turbans, fancy slippers and belts used on special occasions, mats and other creative embroidery.
Currency Tip: The US Dollar is accepted as legal tender throughout the Maldives. The banks in the Maldives are very particular about the condition of bank notes and will refuse deposits of old style US Dollars, damaged notes, badly creased, well-worn, or defaced notes.
Seychelles – Visa on arrival for 30 Days
Seychelles is situated in the western Indian Ocean, and comprises about 115 islands, with lush tropical vegetation, beautiful beaches, and a wide variety of marine life. It is a truly magical destination. From Mahe’s lush mountain forests and sweeping bays, to the pristine beaches and endemic flora & fauna of Praslin and La Digue, the Seychelles offers visitors everything from luxurious relaxation to adventurous activity. Wildlife that can be found in Seychelles includes more than 900 identified species of fish, green sea turtles and giant tortoises.
Places of Interest
- Saint Anne Marine National Park – The very beautiful Marine Park was created in 1973 for the preservation of wildlife, the first of its kind in the Indian Ocean. Today the islands are one of the prime tourist locations for scuba-diving, glass-bottom boat excursions and snorkeling among the coral reefs. The colorful underwater world attracts tourists from around the world. Local tour operators offer day trips to the Marine Park. Fishing and water-skiing are forbidden within the Marine Park area.
- Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (“May Valley”) – This is a nature park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin, Seychelles. This ancient forest is home to the wondrous Coco de Mer palm, which has the largest seed in the world, and many other birds, plants and reptiles, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.
- Anse Lazio – Anse Lazio is probably the most famous beach on Praslin thanks to its picturesque scenery, including snow white sand, crystal-clear water, towering palm trees, and imposing boulder formations. It has also been hailed as the best beach in Seychelles, luring a large portion of Praslin’s tourists. The beach is perfect for photos, sun bathing, swimming and snorkeling.
Currency Tip: While the official currency is the Seychellois rupee, the Euro is widely requested and accepted. It is also easier to bargain prices if you use Euros in certain places, like small hotels. The United States Dollar is also acceptable, but not as favoured as the Euro.
Tanzania – Visa on Arrival
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (African bush elephant, east African lion, African leopard, African buffalo, eastern black rhinoceros), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Also in Tanzania are the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
Places of Interest
- Serengeti National Park: This is a vast nature reserve best known for its annual wildebeest migration, with lions, elephants and rhinos. The park is known worldwide for its abundance of wildlife and high biodiversity. If you go on a safari at the Serengeti at the right time, you could witness the Great Migration, an annual event that sees massive herds of wildebeest follow the rains to greener and tastier pastures.
- The Ngorongoro Conservation Area – This is a protected area and a World Heritage Site in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after its most famous attraction, the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago. The Area also protects Oldupai Gorge, situated in the plains area. It is considered the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus, Homo habilis. Approximately 25,000 large animals, mostly ungulates, live in the crater.
- Discover Zanzibar – Just off mainland Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, the island of Zanzibar is a perfect image of palm-swayed beaches, white sand, billowing sailing boats and smiling locals. Explore Stone Town, the heart and soul of the island. It is an incredible mash-up of winding alleys and old Arabic-style buildings which you can temporarily lose yourself in.
Currency Tip: While the official currency is the Tanzanian Shillings, US Dollars are accepted almost everywhere in Tanzania. There is no need to exchange your US Dollars into Tanzanian Shillings while there. Many merchants will not accept US cash that is older than 2006.