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


2204 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

Consular hours:

Drop off: Mon to Fri  9 am – 12:30 pm

Pick up: Mon to Thurs  1 – 3 pm / Fri  9 am – 12.30 pm

Phone: (202) 483-4224 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (Subject to change). Travelers without a medical certificate with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival are subject to medical screening at their own expense and self-isolation for 7 days.
  • Passport must have six (6) months validity beyond the completion of a trip and two (2) blank visa pages.
  • NO VISA REQUIRED for nationals of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire,  Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and few other countries.
  • Any nationals with a “Visa Volant” letter can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum of 30 days.
  • 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.
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
3 to 5 business daysRegular

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entry

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: July 19, 2021