Artboard 1 Notice: ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is made up of fifteen member countries that are located in the Western African region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

Passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the ECOWAS Passport do not require a visa when traveling on duty.

Consulate information


2124 Kalorama Road NW
Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 232-6656 Website

Important Facts

  • Covid-19 REGULATIONS (subject to change). Travelers are subject to Coronavirus PRC test upon arrival at their own expense. An online application form must be completed before departure at Covid-19 Benin Center . For up to date information, please click this link
  • Passport must have six (6) months validity beyond stay and at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and some other countries for a maximum stay of 90 days.
  • E-VISA. Electronic visa can be applied at e-Visa for Benin for a short-stay visa.
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements US NON-US
Valid passport
Complete online application
Passport size photos - one (1) photo
White background and should be free of shadows, in color and clear, without glasses. Applicants must directly face camera w/ a neutral expression and clearly visible eyes.
Copy of flight itinerary
A round trip travel airline ticket with traveler's name.
Letter of support (Business visa only)
The GC Visa office will provide
Proof of valid legal residency in the US (copy only)
Be ready to show the original when applying in person.
Yellow fever certificate

Forms and Links

Application Form

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
72 hourse-Visa

Fee per Visa

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
e-Visa65.00Single30 days
e-Visa95.00Multiple30 days
e-Visa125.00MultipleUp to 90 days

Additional Notes

  • Allow (2) two extra days for GC Visa Office to process your application.
  • For Long Term/Work Visa and Children under 18, Contact GC Visa Office.
  • Please note that Embassies/Country Representative Offices change the requirements on a regular basis without notifying us.
  • There is a GC surcharge for our services.

Last updated: July 19, 2022