Learn More: e-Visa
In April 2018, Benin's Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced electronic visas for citizens around the world. This e-Visa allows travelers to enter the country for touristic purposes and enables them to stay in Benin for up to 90 days after arrival. The Benin e-Visa application process is very simple and 100% online. Once the application is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive authorization to be shown to the immigration officers upon arrival. Yes, it’s that simple.
The e-Visa system is an online method of applying for visas from anywhere in the world. Travelers are now enabled to apply and pay quickly over the internet at any time, from any location.
Required Documents to Apply
A valid passport
A credit/debit card or PayPal account
The Benin eVisa is a Single Entry or Multiple Entry visa that is valid for 30 days after arrival to 90 days after arrival, depending on the requested visa type. The validity period starts upon arrival and allows applicants to stay for no longer than the time granted on your eVisa.
Upon arrival in Benin, you will have to present your biometric passport along with your printed eVisa.
Travelers can apply for a Benin eVisa if their purpose is tourism, business, or transit.
Travelers must have their passport with at least 6-months validity from the date of arrival in Benin and have at least one page available for stamping.
Travelers must be able to prove their ability to sustain their stay in Benin financially (such as a bank statement), and provide evidence of a return flight.
Holding a Benin eVisa does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. The immigration officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he finds the traveler unable to fulfil the immigration requirements, or that such person's presence in Benin would be contrary to national interests or security.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- A valid ordinary passport.
- A credit/debit card or a PayPal account.
It depends on the length of validity and number of entries desired for your visa:
Single Entry 30 days after arrival visa: USD 60.00
Multiple Entry, 30 days after arrival visa: USD 85.00
Multiple Entry 90 days after arrival visa: USD 115.00
Additionally a service fee is added depending on the desired processing time:
Standard processing: USD 20.00
Rush processing: USD 40.00
Super rush processing:USD 60.00
It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:
Standard Processing: 5 days
Rush Processing: 3 days
Super Rush Processing: 24 hours
It depends on the type of visa you choose to apply for:
30 days after arrival (single entry or Multiple Entry)
90 days after arrival (Multiple Entry).
The validity starts upon the date of arrival. You have to leave Benin within the validity period.
Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
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If Benin was not on your bucket list until now, it should be. It is indeed a small country in West Africa, but it has many treasures waiting to be discovered. The ruins of palaces and temples alone make for a great attraction, but the artisanal markets and rich culture are waiting to be explored also. However, like all the foreign countries you visit, you need to do some research so that you know what to expect. Fortunately, you will not find anything that appears challenging. Below, you will find some information that will help you plan a splendid vacation in Benin.
First of all, we should discuss Benin’s visa policy. However, you will be pleased to find out that Benin has one of the most lenient visa policies in the world. There are two categories of travelers. The first category is represented by nationalities that are exempt from getting a visa. We are talking about all African nationalities as well as the citizens of Hong Kong. While the citizens of African countries can stay in Benin for up to 90 days without a visa, the nationals of Hong Kong can remain for only 14 days. All that is required is a valid passport.
The second category includes all the other nationalities in the world, and they are required to obtain a visa in advance. The good news is, however, that all of them are eligible for a Benin eVisa, which can be easily purchased online. All you need is a passport that remains valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Benin. iVisa can help you with the application process. The eVisa ensures a stay of 30 or 90 days, and it can be single or multiple entry. The choice is yours.
The best time to visit Benin is when the temperatures are a little bit lower, and there is less humidity, which is November through February. The rest of the year rains a lot and the temperature are not so easily tolerated.
Benin used to be a French colony, which is why the official language is French. However, there are over 50 African languages spoken all over the country, including Fon and Yoruba. It is easier to learn a few French phrases than anything else. Fortunately, English becomes more and more common, and you should get around just fine with it, especially in urban areas.
As far as attractions in Benin are concerned, we would better start with the fact that Benin is the birthplace of Vodun, widely known as Voodoo. It is still the official religion in Benin, and Beninese people still live by it. You will wish to visit the Voodoo temples, as well as the fetish markets all over the country. However, one of the most fascinating things you will find related to Voodoo is the skull and skin-filled fetish market in the Grande Marche du Dantopka in Cotonou. One of Benin’s top attractions is Abomey, which was the capital of the Dahomey Empire. It has plenty of ruins from palaces and temples, and tourists often flood the sites. The location is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The kings of Dahomey has lots of money as a result of slave trade, and they built opulent palaces. You can visit the museum, which contains macabre tapestries and a throne made of human skulls.
While in Benin, you cannot overlook Ganvie, which is the home for 30 thousand people. Their ancestor ran from the barbaric Dahomey kings and created their own town. Lake Nokoue is close, which makes Ganvie one of Africa’s largest lake towns.
As you go north, you will come across the Somba people and their unique mud and clay tower houses. They are called ‘tata,’ and they look quite eccentric. All tourists who come to the area also visit the Koutammakou Valley across the border in Togo, which is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Before you leave from Benin, you have to go to the artisanal market in Se. You can buy a lot of beautiful souvenirs for your loved ones at home, as well as some nice things for yourself. The beauty of this market is well appreciated by everyone who visits, and you will wish to fill your bags some more. The prices are affordable, and you will bring home lots of pretty things.
Lastly, let’s not forget that Benin has a coastline along the ocean in the south. The Grand Popo beach is there to welcome you with clean sand and cheap beers. You can find several water sports, but the scenery and the warm water should be enough if you want to take a break from all the exploring.
The food in Benin is not spectacular. It is delicious, but it does not have anything out of the ordinary. You will find many street vendors, and if you have never tried donkey meat, now is your chance. However, you must be cautious with the places you buy your food from. Never buy food that has gone cold (it means it is not fresh), and if you see a vendor who does not cover the food with a lid, run the opposite direction. You do not need the trouble. Infection with E.coli is the most common among tourists.
As far as safety in Benin is concerned, you do not have significant reasons for worry. However, we recommend that you always travel with a companion, especially as a woman. The person you are with must be trustworthy because you need someone who knows the prices, the languages, as well as the right places to eat in the region you visit. Attacks and robberies are most common close to hotels and night clubs, so going out alone at night should be out of the question. As for the rest, use your common sense. Beninese people are very welcoming and peaceful, but these things occur everywhere.
Health-wise, the only mandatory vaccination is the one against the Yellow fever. However, keep in mind that immigration officers will seldom check the certificate, but you should get the vaccine for your own health. Malaria is also common in Benin due to a high number of mosquitos who are present all day long. Pills are available and can be bought with a prescription only. Other than that, tap water is okay to drink in some regions, although it is heavily treated with chlorine, which you may not like. Bottled water is widely available.
Benin is one of the safest countries you can visit in West Africa. But other than that, you are going to have an unforgettable experience. The people are lovely, the attractions are stunning, and you will wish to go back. After all, Benin is often referred as one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.
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- Documents Required for a Benin Visa
- Benin Visa at the Airport
- Benin Visa Photo Requirements
- Select the country to which you are requesting the visa
- Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully.
- Select Apply Now
- Fill in the application form
- Pay using a Visa Card, Mastercard or other debit card.
- Await approval via email, then download and print the e-Visa from your account.
- Present your printed e-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
We know that our applicants can come across unexpected changes in their travel plans that may prevent them from traveling and therefore getting their visa. This is why we understand you may want to request a cancellation of your visa application and a credit for the amount paid. However, we will only approve the refund/credit if it follows our Refund policy guideline:
- If your application has not been reviewed by our team, nor submitted to the government for approval, then you will receive a credit for the full amount of the iVisa processing fee and government fee(visa cost).
- If your application has been reviewed by our team but has not yet been submitted to the government for approval, you will receive a credit for the full amount of the government fee (visa cost).
- If your application has been submitted to the government for approval or a visa is already issued, unfortunately, no credit is available.
Our policy also applies to these circumstances:
- If we make a mistake on your application, a 100% refund of the iVisa processing fee will be issued and we will process your visa again at no cost.
- If you purchase rush or super rush processing additional fee and we do not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a credit for the iVisa rush or super rush processing fee.
- If you miss your trip because iVisa does not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a full cash refund for the government fee and iVisa processing fee.
- The exception to the clause above is if the government is the cause of the delay or your arrival date was sooner than our super rush processing time. In such case, you will receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee.
If for any reason, you are not satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact us. Under reasonable circumstances, we will grant a credit of the iVisa processing fee to be used for a future order.
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