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Old 19 Nov 2002
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Visa d'Entente - where to get ?

Hello All,

I am in Mali and trying to save on visa costs by getting the visa d'entente for West Africa (it is kind of like a Schengen visa for Europe). Any idea where I can get it, either which embassy and also in which city ?

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Hello Hed,

Were offered the Visa L'Entente at the Burkina Faso Embassy in Bamako - Mali for 25000CFA.

It could be a good deal, but keep in mind that this is a single entry VISA for Togo, Benin, BurkFaso, CoteIvor! and Niger. I you brake the chain and for example pop into Ghana for a bit of biking, there goes your visa...
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Hmm this Visa L'Entente is great but nobody seems to know how it works so you get different stories.

I got mine in Ghana at the togolese embassy and they explained to me that it only allows entry once in each country, but that I could leave the zone as far as I don't return to the same country. I went from Ghana to Togo and Benin and then on to Nigeria. After Nigeria I didn't have any problem to enter Niger and Burkina Faso with the same visa and the immigration officer in Niger where familier with it.

I don't know if you can get a multy entry Visa L'Entente, its hinted that it could be possible...
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I saw an advertisment in police ofice in Burkina-Mali border and nowhere else. Looks like nobody knows nothing about it.
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Is there in the mean time any more information on this? Seems like a damn easy option...

Anyone got some real experience with it...?

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Tripitaka is right, I followed the same route a few montsh ago and the D'Entente worked well in the fashion described by him. Nice money saver if you are going to visit at least 3 of the included countries.

NB: Nigeria visas are easier to get in Accra than in Benin.
Chad visas can easiliy be obtained in Abuja.

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We got them in Accra from the Togolese embassy - 25,000CFA and next day service with a smile - I know others who got theirs beforehand in Burkina and managed to travel via Ghana (breaking the continuity so to speak) without problems...
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