[2017/01] Visa Touristique Entente (VTE) is a visa that is supposed to be valid for five Western African countries: Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast. However, at the time of writing, January 2017, it seems that the VTE is no longer valid for Ivory Coast. Also, travellers have reported that in Niger they sometimes do not recognise it and they either ask travellers to get a Niger visa, or they have to ask their superior officers to confirm.
In general, there is very little information about VTE. Here are a few useful points we have found:
- The VTE duration is 60 days.
- It seems the VTE is no longer valid for the Ivory Coast.
- The authorities in Burkina say (in January 2017) that, officially, you can use the VTE to move around the covered countries, in and out, as many times as you want. But as soon as you leave the VTE zone, then the visa validity is terminated. However, travelers mentioned (2014) that they traveled via Ghana to re-enter Ivory Coast and the authorities there did not raise any objections. But this seems to be an exception to the rule.
- In most countries outside the ones participating in VTE, the embassies do not offer VTE visas. They want you to get their own country’s visa first and tell you you can get the VTE when you arrive there. However, this is not always the case, as there have been reports of travellers getting the VTE in Spain (2014). So better try your luck at your country’s embassy and see what happens.
- The authorities in Burkina, in order to issue the VTE, they want the applicant to have a multi-entry Burkina visa. Otherwise, they ask you to get a multi-entry visa first and then get the VTE. There was a report that the embassy of Togo in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) offers the VTE, so this may be a way around the problem.
- Burkina Faso: 25000 CAF (2017/01)
- Madrid: 120 EUR (2014)