The Passport Index by Arton Capital has declared, in this year’s rankings, that Nigeria is the joint ‘most open’ country in the world.
Citizens from 198 countries worldwide can now travel to Nigeria without a pre-arranged visa. Nigeria shares the top spot with 21 other countries, 13 of which are from the African continent – with more than 50% of the world’s most welcoming countries hailing from Africa.
Tourism presents an area of fast potential growth for the Nigerian economy and remains an essentially untapped sector. Currently, only making up around 2% of the Nigerian GDP, there are hopes that ease of access will act as a catalyst to revolutionise the way Nigeria is seen as a tourist destination.
The unfortunate reality remains that Nigerians are currently limited in their own ability to travel abroad, in spite of their welcoming of foreign nationals into the country. With access to only 48 countries worldwide without a pre-arranged visa, some Nigerians are now actively choosing to take advantage of dual-citizenships…
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