Original name is Assurance Carte Brune Cedeao but Everybody knows ECOWAS, brown card insurance, which is West Africa traffic insurance. 17 countries accept Ecowas in Western Africa;
- Burkina Faso
- Congo Brazzaville
- Ivory Coast
- Guinea Bissau
- Guinea Conakry
- Sierra Leone
We get ours brown card motorcycle insurance in Senegal. We passed to Senegal border without Ecowas and get it in St. Lous. We had 4 months for 17.375 cfa (26 euro). Our friends paid 15.000 cfa for 3 months. The office is nearby a bank (GPS coordinates 16.026701, -16.505271) in St. Louis. (The owners of the Zebrabar camping told us where to go).
Don’t buy this at the border!! Because most of then is fake! When we arrived to Senegal border a lot of people came to us and they show their official card, which is show that they work with Ecowas company. It was look like totally fine for us which photo we saw on internet and what we read about it. But we always so careful these kind of things therefor we took one of the insurance paper and went inside. We found chief from the border to asked if the insurance documents fine; he told us not to buy it. Ecowas paper’s looks really good but it’s not! Because you need a stamp on your ECOWAS and you need to carry the bill with you as a prove of the payment. People are walking on the border with documents and nobody has a stamp to put on it or give you a bill to show payment.
From Senegal to Congo (Brazzaville), we passed total 12 countries and only once in Guinea Bissau they asked for our traffic insurance.
ECOWAS is two pages one is writing those 14 countries. Other one writes Cameroon, Gabon and Congo (Brazzaville). We have used it in all those countries. Some people said that we can not use in Congo we have to have an other document to cover Congo. But our Ecowas was writing include Congo. SO, we entered and exit from it without any problem with Ecowas.
If you have a plan to travel Africa by motorcycle or car you can check border crossing and bribes in West Africa also West African countries visa details.
This is highly commending for our west African Head of states