What’s your passport power?

What is your passport power?

Visas are the most stressful and annoying part of the travel process. As a proud Nigerian passport holder I am very aware that not all passports were created equally. My green passport is definitely one of the less powerful and it incites suspicion and mistrust at every international airport I have been to.

According to the infographic above the Nigerian passport allows visa-free access or visa upon arrival to only 47 countries. This is the reason for which of the 18 countries I have visited only one, Turks and Caicos, was visa-free. As for the remaining countries I have visited, hundreds of dollars and many weeks at a time have been spent going through tedious visa processes each time I wanted to travel. So far I have never been denied a visa, but visa denial is a common occurrence for those with less powerful passports.

Seychelles has Africa’s most powerful passport with the ability to visit 126 countries without applying for a visa, while Eritreans have the hardest time travelling as they can only access 36 countries visa-free. As for Nigerians, we can visit 47 countries visa-free. This may dull in comparison to 173, the highest passport power index in the world, as a Nigerian I can still visit 47 countries without a visa!

Below is the list of countries that Nigerian passport holders can visit visa-free or by getting a visa on arrival. Some of these countries like the Seychelles, Barbados, Maldives, Madagascar and Fiji are on my travel list, so it is nice to know that I can visit them with one less thing to worry about. Knowing my passport power also inspired the idea of planning a trip around Oceania since so many of the islands are visa-free. I would definitely have to get a visa to visit Australia and New Zealand, but it is a relief to know that planning a trip in the region would not be as tedious as I might have imagined.


  • Barbados (6 months)
  • Dominica (21 days)
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis (90 days)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands


  • Azerbaijan
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Maldives (30 days)
  • Timor-Leste (30 day)
  • Bangladesh (90 day)


  • Georgia
  • Kosovo  (90 days)


  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Vanuatu
  • Palau (30 day)
  • Cook Islands (31 day)
  • Tuvalu (30 day)
  • Samoa (60 day)
  • Fiji


  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde (90 day)
  • Cameroon (90 day)
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Djibouti (30 day)
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar (90 day)
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique (30 day)
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles (30 day)
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo
  • Uganda (90 day)
  • Zambia (90 day)

Whether your passport power is 28 0r 173, do not hesitate to explore the places that excite you most.

What is your passport power? Comment below.

Image Source, Visa Free countries for Nigerians

This entry was published on July 10, 2014 at 6:41 am. It’s filed under destination and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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