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5 African Countries That Are the Hardest For Nigerians to Get Into

You might not like rejection so if you’re planning to travel to any of these countries, you should probably prepare for the worst.
Due to certain factors, gaining entry into any of these countries as a Nigerian proves such a herculean task.

The Nigerian Passport is not exactly the highest ranking passport in Africa. Hence, there are not a lot of countries one can travel to, visa- and hassle-free, as a Nigerian. For clarity, there are 17 African countries that give visa-free entry to Nigerian passport holders.

Apart from those 17, there are quite a number whose travel processes are not as intense. However, these 5 listed below have proved to be the hardest countries on the continent for Nigerians to travel to.

1. Libya

Libyan unity government

In 2018, there was a surge of accounts about Nigerians travelling through the desert to get to Libya so they can migrate to Europe as well as getting entangled slave rings while in Libya. Just days ago, 160 Nigerians were repatriated from Libya. So, it’s understandable that individuals with questionable or unclear motives for wanting to travel to Libya are rejected.

2. South Sudan

South Sudan doesn’t offer visa-on-arrival for Nigerians. You have to visit the embassy and apply for a visa like any other foreign country, and if you don’t have the appropriate documents or reason for travel, you can get rejected.

3. Botswana

Bull Elephants locking horns in Okavango Delta BotswanaBull Elephants locking horns in Okavango Delta Botswana

Botswana is a country famous for wildlife experiences in the Southern part of Africa. To travel here as a Nigerian, you need to apply for a tourist visa. In fact, their official website says: “All Citizens of Commonwealth countries do not require visa except those from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.” So…

4. Swaziland

King Mswati III of Swaziland (Club of Mozambique)

Out of the many African countries that do not need visas to travel to this small land-locked country in South Africa, Nigeria is NOT one of them. You need to apply for a tourist visa at their embassy too.

5. Namibia

Namib desert

Namibia has actually jumped to the top of countries Africans want to explore. However, as a Nigerian traveller, we can’t say the process is exactly easy.