Learn More: Arrival Form
The Benin Arrival Form is a mandatory travel document that all visitors must fill in before their arrival to Benin. They will present the QR Code generated by the form to immigration authorities. This document is part of the health measures implemented for the safety of both travelers and residents. Please, consider that it does not replace a visa or any other travel authorization.
WHO CAN ENTER BENIN WITH THIS DOCUMENT
Everyone who wants to visit Benin must fill out the Benin Arrival Form and show the QR Code it generates to immigration authorities.
All nationalities can apply.
OBTAIN THE BENIN ARRIVAL FORM
To get the Benin Arrival Form, you will have to complete the application form with your data (including your full name, passport details, and contact info) and information about your trip. It won’t be necessary to take the COVID-19 PCR test for this document because you will have to take the COVID-19 test during your arrival.
Visit the application page to complete the Benin Arrival Form.
DISPLAY THE FORM
Once you submit your application form, our dedicated team will process your request, and they will prepare your document in the best way possible. When it is ready, they will send you the Benin Arrival Form with the QR Code it generates so that you can show it to immigration authorities when you arrive.
Visit the FAQs below to view the quarantine rules for Benin.
Required Documents to Apply
Selfie holding the physical credit card used for the transaction is needed to verify payment. Only the last 4 digits of the credit card must be visible in the picture. Only one image is needed per order. (if applicable)
- All travelers entering , regardless of their nationality, age or any other consideration, must carry their Benin Arrival Form.
It DOES NOT replace a visa. If your country requires a visa, the immigration officers will ask for your Visa when you enter the country. Keep in mind some nationalities will require a paper visa. If that is your case, we suggest you contact your local embassy.
All arriving passengers must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing, one test on arrival and a second test 14 days after the first negative test result.
Transit passengers are exempted from undergoing the tests, but will be required to quarantine at a designated hotel at their own cost.
It is highly recommended that you keep your Form and the associated QR Code with you either as a soft copy (smartphone, tablet, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure in the system.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- COVID test prior to arrival: No pre-departure test is required as all passengers will be tested on arrival.
- COVID test after arrival: Travelers who test negative on the arrival test will be tested again 2 weeks later.
- Standard Processing Time: 24 hours - USD 115.00.
- Rush Processing Time: 8 hours - USD 115.00.
- Super Rush Processing Time: 4 hours - USD 115.00.
Benin is an excellent place to visit on any West African journey. This French-speaking country is the birthplace of “voodoo” religion and is home to the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey, which hails from around 1600 to 1900. Voodoo is so essential in this country that to this day it is still the official religion and a significant part of the Beninese lifestyle.
Besides, in Benin, you can walk through Abomey, the old capital of Dahomey, which houses the Historical Museum with two royal palaces. You can also explore incredible national parks that are worth the visit to find out more about the wildlife in the region.
As you will notice, Benin is a territory that can offer you a pleasant experience, although, for this, you must meet the minimum entry requirements. To enter this country it is crucial to have the Benin Health Form, regardless of nationality, since the Benin Health Form is mandatory for any traveler. This is, for now, the document you need most besides a passport, of course. Keep in mind that depending on your country of origin, you may also need a visa.
Benin is one of the most stable and safe countries in the region for traveling. With its rich history, active culture, preserved wildlife, Grand Popo beach, and an incredible capital city, Benin is one of the best-kept tourist secrets in Africa.
Benin can be divided into two regions: Northern Benin, with arid landscapes and ancient tribes, and Southern Benin that has the coastline, the capital and most of the tourist sights.
The capital of Benin is Porto Novo, but it’s not the largest city. The main title of largest and busiest city goes for Cotonou. However, from Cotonou, you only have to take a one-hour car ride to reach Porto Novo, as both cities are very close to each other.
Porto Novo is the second largest city and it has that name due to the Portuguese colonization in the 1500s. To this day, you can still see a lot of Portuguese culture in the city. Despite being a small city, Porto Novo has a lot of cultural and tourist spots. For example, you can visit Ouando, a district 3km north of the city, where you’ll find a large market and many nightclubs to spend a sweaty night.
In Porto Novo you can also find the Museé Ethnographique de Porto Novo, an interesting museum that allows you to look into the past of Porto Novo’s kings. This museum displays a good selection of fetishes, old Yoruba king masks, costumes, and some musical instruments. Another important spot here is the Palais Royal du Roi Toffa, once the former residence of King Toffa. It is now officially called Musee Honmé. In this place you can learn more about African royalty and other interesting historical points.
Finally, you cannot forget to visit other important sights in Porto Novo like Jardin Place Jean Bayol, The palais de Gouverneur, Museé da Silva, the Brazilian style mosque and the Songhaï agricultural centre. Although Porto Novo is the capital city, there are other places that you cannot miss when staying in Benin. A good example of that are the famous Royal Palaces of Abomey, which are earthen buildings built by the Fon people for their monarchs from the middle of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. This monumental complex was simultaneously inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites for Humanity and on the list of threatened assets. This is because a tornado in 1985 damaged much of the city of Abomey, including the palace grounds. Even so, thanks to several conservation programs, the palace remains standing and has been partially restored with effective building work.
Another thing that you should know about Benin is that Cotonou is the most important city economically speaking. This is because Cotonou functions as the main port of entry for foreigners, as well as for locals who come from neighboring cities. In Cotonou, you can explore the famous Dantokpa Market, known as the largest market in West Africa. You can find this market next to Lake Nokoué on its western shore. This market is an impressive place to discover a wide variety of African items.
Another point that you should not forget to visit in Benin is Lake Ahémé. This lake is the second largest in Benin, with an area of 78 km² in the dry season that expands to 100 km² in the wet season. The Couffoo River flows into the northern part of the lake, while in the southern area the lake drains through the Aho canal. This entire lake flows harmoniously and that’s why it is usually a good place to relax a bit and admire the surrounding nature to the maximum. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to see a great variety of birds flitting around since this place is usually a meeting point for many species.
Keep in mind that in order to enter Benin, you need some key documents such as your valid passport, and depending on your nationality, an eVisa. Few countries need a paper visa to enter Benin, but we recommend you go to our Visa Checker to confirm. It’s easy to use this tool, you only need to enter your nationality in the drag-down menu and also Benin as the destination country to know if you need a visa or not.
Another detail that you should take into account is that all travelers must have a Benin Health Form before entering Benin. This is an electronic document that will allow you to enter the country while the coronavirus pandemic is still present. This document was recently released by the government of Benin, so it’s official and mandatory. The good news is that you can also apply for this document through our website.
The Benin Health Form does not require many items from you, the essential thing is the passport, your basic identification information, and also an email address to receive it. Once you complete the online application form to apply for the Benin Health Form, you’ll be ready to visit the country without any issue so start your process now and forget about paperwork!
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