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


2130 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

Consular hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri  9 am – 5 pm

Drop off: 9 am – 1 pm

Pick up: 2 pm – 5 pm


Phone: (202) 332-2249 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (Subject to change). Travelers must have COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they are fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 72 hours before arrival. For up to date information, please click this link
  • Passport must have at least six (6) months validity beyond the completion of a trip and at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo; for nationals of Indonesia for maximum stay up to 30 days.
  • VISA ON ARRIVAL for nationals of Kenya and Rwanda for a maximum stay of 90 days.
  • Applicants for a transit visa must submit copies of their onward tickets and visas to their destinations.
  • 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.
Copy of hotel reservation/Evidence of address while staying in the country.
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 Health Declaration Form-Covid 19

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
5 business daysRegular
3 business daysRush
2 business daysRush
1 business daySuper Rush

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Cashier's Check, Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
US Nationals
131.00Single/Double/MultipleUp to 5 years
Non-US Nationals
80.00Single3 months
Non-US Nationals
110.00Multiple3 months
Non-US Nationals
200.00Multiple6 months
Non-US Nationals
370.00Multiple12 months
Rush 3 days Service (extra)10.00
Rush 2 days service (extra)20.00
Same 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: September 28, 2022