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


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). A completed health declaration form must be presented upon arrival. Form is available below. Travelers traveling and in transit  must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival. Travelers without a medical  negative certificate are subject to a PCR test and quarantine upon arrival at their own expense.
  • 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
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.
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)
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 23, 2021