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


5201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011

Consular hours: Drop Mon to Thurs 10 am – 3 pm
Pick Up: 1 to 3 pm – Same day Service 3 to 4 pm

Phone: (202) 723-0437 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (subject to change). Travelers must have COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated. For up to date information, click on this link
  • Passport must have at least¬†six (6) months validity remaining beyond stay and at least one (1) blank visa page.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of the ECOWAS countries.
  • MINOR APPLICANTS. A notarized signed consent letter of parents or guardian and a copy of birth certificate must accompany the application.
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements US NON-US
Valid passport
Completed and signed application form
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
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
10 business daysRegular
1 business dayRush
Same daySuper Rush

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Credit Card, Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
US Nationals
160.00Multiple1 year
Non-US Nationals
70.00Single3 months
Non-US Nationals
150.00Multiple1 year
Non-US Nationals
250.00Multiple2 years
Non-US Nationals
350.00Multiple3 years
Same day Service (extra)75.00
Next day Service (extra)50.00

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