Visa Information
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


3512 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008

Consular hours:

Mon to Thurs  9:30 am – 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm

Closed on Fridays


Phone: (202) 686-4520 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (subject to change). Travelers must have medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point and complete a  Port Health Declaration form. Travelers are subject to medical screening upon arrival and quarantine for 7 days at their own expense. This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.
  • Visa application with all required documents including a return envelope must be mailed to the embassy.
  • Passport must be valid for at least six (6) months validity beyond the completion of a trip and has two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for members of the ECOWAS organization; nationals of Barbados, Guyana, Kenya,  Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Tanzania, Uganda for a maximum stay of 90 days; for nationals of Jamaica, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago Zimbabwe for a maximum stay of 60 days. Must have a valid passport.
  • VISA ON ARRIVAL for nationals of Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and some other countries for a maximum stay of 30 days. MUST have a confirmed return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover the entire stay.
  • 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
Copy of passport vital information page
Invitation letter
Letter should be addressed to the Consulate General of the Embassy in Washington DC. Must include: applicant's name as in passport, passport number, detailing the reason for traveling, dates, name, address and telephone number of the host.
Letter of employment
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Copy of flight itinerary
A round trip travel airline ticket with traveler's name.
Copy of hotel reservation/Evidence of address while staying in the country.
Letter of support (Business visa only)
The GC Visa office will provide
Proof of valid legal residency in the US (copy only)
Yellow fever certificate

Forms and Links

Application Form (Regular) Application Form (Rush)

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
7 business daysRush
15 business daysRegular

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Credit Card, Online Payment,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entry
Tourist/Business (Rush)100.00Single
Tourist/Business (Rush)200.00Multiple

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: May 11, 2022