Nigeria is a great country, richly blessed with human and natural resources, our soil is fertile, and we do not suffer from natural disasters as is always the case with the western world. What more could we ask for?
Regrettably, we all know the state of the nation today, ranging from unemployment, recession, insurgency, corruption, tribalism and every other negative vices you could think of.
Really, who doesn’t want to travel out of this country, at least for once in his/her life? I know you want to travel as much as i do, don’t you?
It is therefore no surprise why many Nigerians will rather travel out of the country in search of greener pastures than stay in Nigeria and work.
I agree, traveling to seek asylum in a more advanced country might seem the best option, but before you do, you must make sure that you are making the right move, so as to avoid the case of jumping from frying pan into the fire.
Many Nigerians have lost their lives in foreign lands, while others have been duped of their hard-earned money while trying to travel out of their fatherland.
There’s always a how to everything, and in this piece, we will discuss how you can travel out of Nigeria, the right way.
Step 1: Get An International Passport
If you ever intend on getting out of Nigeria, the first thing you should do is to get an international passport, that’s if you don’t have one already.
You cannot be allowed to set foot out of this country if you do not have an international passport as that’s the only means by which your identity and citizenship can be ascertained.
Given the introduction of the new Nigerian digital international passport, it only takes about 24 hours for your international passport to be ready, and the cost of it could be from N18,000 to N25,000 depending on how fast you want the application process to take.
So walk into any immigration office today and start your application today.
See the post about getting the Nigeria International Passport
Step 2: Have A Clear Purpose For Travelling
A lot of Nigerians suffer like ants when they travel abroad. This is because they did not define the purpose of traveling out of the country before they left.
Yes, Nigeria could be a frustrating place to live in at the time of writing this article, and at such, a lot of us think that life everywhere else but Nigeria is better. Hence they travel out without any clear vision and purpose on their minds.
But before you make that move, first ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers:
- Why am I traveling out of my fatherland?
- Where will I live when I get there?
- For how long will I stay there?
If you can’t answer these three questions then I’d advise you not to bother traveling, else you might just be selling yourself into slavery.
But a positive answer to the above questions will better give you a clue as to how to better prepare yourself when you travel out, so you don’t end up like most Nigerians who left their good Nigerian jobs just to end up living the life of slavery over there.
Step 3: Choose A Country To Travel To
You should know the country that you intend to travel to. It is always advisable to carry out a little research about that country to know how hospitable the people are, the kind of laws they have, and the nature of government the operate, as each of the above variables will in no small measure affect your stay in that country. If the country appears good to you, then you can proceed to the next step.
Also, you should find out whether or not the country in question requires a visa from your home country. This is so because some countries don’t require a Nigerian passport holder to obtain a visa before migrating to their country.
Step 4: Get A Visa
I believe by now you already know the country you want to travel to. You can now begin the process of getting a visa.
The process of getting a visa can be quite tedious and frustrating but with the right amount of effort and commitment you will eventually get one, that’s if your intentions for traveling to the country of your choice are genuine.
To get your visa, simply visit the official website of the country you intend to travel to, read their visa requirements, and book an appointment with the embassy.
On the day of the appointment, simply go there with all the required documents and present. If the interview goes well, within one to three weeks, you should have your visa ready. After this, you can proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Book A Flight Ticket
Haven gotten your visa ready, the next thing you must do is to book a flight ticket, as you can not travel abroad, especially to America, Asia, and Europe countries by road.
Flight tickets can range from N250,000 to N1000,000 depending on the country you are traveling to, and the class of flight you chose to use, as we usually have the economic class and the vip class, with colossal price differences. So you must choose the class that best represents your income.
Step 6: Get Money For Your Trip
After getting your visa the next step for you will be to source for funds to travel abroad with.
It’s not cheap to fly to abroad, so you’ll need to find a way to source for funds. Funds could be the show-stopper for any trip, and a trip abroad cannot be any different.
You should know the minimum Basic Travel Allowance ‘BTA‘ of the country you intend to travel to.
Some countries place their BTA as high as N3.5 Million while others put theirs as low as N300,000. Without presenting this BTA, you cannot be allowed into that country, even after meeting with every other criterion above.
The essence of the BTA is so you can have the required amount to book a hotel reservation, pay your transportation bills and other necessities upon your arrival in the desired country.
A Few Tips On How To Easily Travel Abroad
- Apply To Study In The Country Of Your Choice
It’s easier to get accepted to study in a foreign country than to get accepted as a resident. A degree in Nigeria with at least a second class upper will really help you. A complete WAEC result is also a great help.
- Attend Conferences
Conferences can help facilitate your acceptance into foreign countries. If you apply to attend conferences, you could get accepted to travel abroad for the conference; but before this can happen you must be a professional of some kind, maybe in IT, law, agriculture or medicine. Do your research and get into these conferences.
- Represent Your Country Internationally
Want to travel abroad easily? Why not prove yourself the best in your country? That way you get to travel to various countries to represent your country in international events.
Also See: Visa Free Countries for Nigerian
When you finally arrive in that country, please do not overstay your visa, because doing so will not only affect your chances of renewing your visa but will also affect others seeking to obtain a visa into that country.
So, that is it guy. We hope that you find the above information profitable. If you still need some other specific information, please do well to use the comment section down below.