Consulate information


4201 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20008

Consular hours:

Drop off: Mon to Thur 10 am – 12:45 pm

Pick up: Mon to Thur 2 – 3  pm

Friday: Drop off/Pick up 10 am-1 pm



Phone: (202) 652-1312 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (subject to change). Travelers must have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival or must have a negative Covid-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. Travelers without this requirement upon arrival are subject to a Covid-19 RT-PCR test at their own expense. For the most up to date information, click on this link
  • Passport must have at least six (6) months validity remaining beyond stay and at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Republic of Central Africa, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda Senegal and Togo for a maximum stay of 3 months. Must have a valid passport.
  • TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) for passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 48 hours. They must have documents required for the next destination.
  • VISA VALIDITY starts from the date of the entry.
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements US NON-US
Valid passport
Completed and signed application form (2 copies)
The application must be typewritten. Not handwritten.
Passport size photos - two (2) photos
White background and should be free of shadows, photo is clear and in color, glasses not allowed. Applicant is directly facing camera w/ a neutral expression, eyes are clearly visible.
Invitation letter
Letter should be addressed to the Consulate General of the Embassy or Immigration officer of the country. Must include: applicant's name as in passport, passport number, detailing the reason for traveling, dates, name, address and telephone number of the host.
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
5 to 7 business daysRegular
2 to 3 business daysRush

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
Business/Tourist150.00Single1 month
Business/Tourist200.00Multiple3 months
Business / Tourist250.00Multiple6 months
Rush service50.00

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: November 16, 2022