Yes, you heard right and this is not a scam. With a United States visa on your Nigerian passport you can visit 17 other countries visa-free!
ONE VISA, 17 COUNTRIES. And no, it is not some kinda special USA visa. All you need to get is a regular B1/B2 multiple entry US visa, and you could actually start planning a trip to any of these 17 other countries.
The research involved in putting this piece together was not a walk in the park. Some of my discoveries were very surprising. For instance, there were some countries I had always assumed Nigerians would have access to, but unfortunately, we were not on the list. When did things get so bad for us? In some cases, Nigeria was mentioned among special or restricted visa cases, which meant getting a visa to those countries would more than often be harder for Nigerians.
Another heartbreaking discovery I came across during my research was the fact that there were some countries that stated boldly that Nigerians with a valid US, Canada, or Schengen visa were not to be included in the visa-free status provided for other nationalities. All that could go through my mind was, ‘Why do they have to call us out like that?” Do you know that Turks and Caicos (which is now one of the countries I will discuss below) had actually excluded Nigerians from this visa-free status some years ago?
Apparently. with an Indian passport, you can visit about 20 countries when you have a valid US visa. Here I was thinking that there wasn’t much difference between India and Nigeria. Well, it appears my assumptions were wrong. For example, with an Indian passport, you can freely go to United Arab Emirates if you have a valid US visa. I guess they have quite a lot of advantages due to several trade deals they have with different countries
The truth is some of my discoveries were somewhat sad and made me wonder when international travel would become easier for Nigerians. If we truly are the ‘giant of Africa’, then I believe our passport and nationality should mean something especially when it comes to ease of travel across international borders. Nevertheless, I was relieved that at no point in my research did Nigeria come up in any of the “not recognized” country lists.
You won’t believe all the fun facts and discoveries I made during my research. Did you know that in some cases a UK or Canadian visa can also grant you the same visa exemption you can get with a valid US visa? I also discovered there are a number of Caribbean islands you can be granted entry without visa by cruise if you arrive in the morning and leave in the evening. You need to keep reading to get the full picture of what you might have been missing out on!
However, please note that most of the list below applies to having multiple-entries US visa (e.g. B1/B2 regular US visa) that has been used at least once to travel to the US. Remember that the information here can easily change, so make sure you contact the counsel/embassy office through email/phone to ensure that the exemption still applies before you embark on your trip.
If you have a valid multiple entries Schengen, United states or United Kingdom visa in your passport, you can enter Albania without a visa for up to 90 days.
If you have a valid United States or Schengen visa in your passport, you do not need a Belize visa to travel to Belize.
You can visit Bermuda if you have a multiple entry US, UK or Canada visa in your passport. However, it is important to note that you will need to either transit or return through US, UK or Canada for it to be valid.
- Costa Rica
Do you know that if you have a US or Canada tourist visa, you do not need a tourist visa to enter Costa Rica? You just need to remember that your length of stay cannot be longer than the validity of your US or Canada visa and your visit must not exceed 30 days.
- Dominican Republic
If you have a valid US or Canadian visa, you do not need a visa to visit the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes. However, you are required to purchase a tourist card.
- Georgia (Europe)
If you have a valid visa to about 50 countries including the USA, you have access to enter and stay in Georgia without visa for 90 Calendar days in any 180-day period.
The entry requirements for getting into Guam are the same as for any U.S. destination. All you need is a valid US tourist visa.
You can visit Mexico for tourism, business or transit without obtaining a Mexican visa if you hold a valid visa or Permanent Residence of any of this countries: United States of America, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom or the Schengen area.
If you hold a valid Schengen visa, or a valid visa to the United States of America, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or Republic of Ireland, or a residence permit for those countries, you can enter Montenegro, stay in Montenegro, or cross its territory for up to 30 days. However, it is important to note that you cannot stay longer that the validity period of your visa, if the visa expires in less than 30 days.
With a valid Nigerian passport that is still valid for three months, as well as a multiple entry visa with a valid one-year visa to USA, Australia, Canada or the UK (which must have been used at least once to the any of these countries), you can visit Panama visa-free.
11. Puerto Rico
With a valid US visa, you can travel to Puerto Rico for as long as your visa is valid.
With a valid visa to the USA, Schengen, or the UK, you have access to a visa free entry into the Republic of Serbia.
13. South Korea
South Korea is one of the unique countries on this list because of how the visa-free status works. If you are going to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (which means you have a valid visa to either of these countries) and you plan to transit through South Korea, you can travel to South Korea and you will be allowed to stay for up to 30 days in South Korea. Also, if you plan to make a stop in another country, after a stop (via direct flight) from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (after you might have stayed legally in either of the countries), you can also travel or transit through South Korea without a visa.
14. Turks and Caicos Islands
You do not need a visa to enter Turks and Caicos if you have a valid USA, UK or Canadian Tourist or Resident Visa.
15. US Virgin Islands
If you have a valid visa to the United Kingdom, United States or Canada that is still valid for up to six months, you can enter the US Virgin Islands for free. Also note that if you had used any of these visas to travel to the British Virgin Islands, you can enter the US Virgin Islands visa-free. However, it is important to note that this visa-free status only applies if your visit is 6 months or less.
Yes, Jamaica is on this list. If you are a passenger of a cruise that is making a stop in Jamaica, you will be allowed into Jamaica if you have a valid visa to re-enter the US or the country where you started the cruise from.
- Antigua and Barbuda
If you are a passenger of a cruise that is making a stop in Antigua and Barbuda, you will be allowed into the country visa-free provided you arrive in the morning and depart that same day.
So what are you waiting for? If you don’t already have a US visa, you need to apply for one so you can add any of these 17 countries to your growing list of upcoming travel adventures.
Do you know of any other countries that offer visa exemption for US visa holders that I didn’t mention? Please let me know in the comment section below.
By the way, if you missed out on the latest news on Singapore having the strongest passport, you wouldn’t understand why I am currently searching for an awesome job in Singapore. With a Singapore passport, you can enter up to 184 countries visa-free. So, please notify me if you see any job vacancies in Singapore..lol!
Keep an eye out for the next post where we’ll discover countries you can visit visa-free with a Nigerian Passport! You will be surprised at how much you have limited yourself because you thought visa was an issue.
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Turks & Caicos
US Virgin Islands
Antigua and Bermuda