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BENIN IS OPEN: Benin has fully re-opened for tourism.
The Benin Tourist e-Visa is an electronic visa that allows its holder the possibility to visit and stay in Benin for up to one month or even up to three months after their arrival. All nationalities will have the opportunity to get this document, but you must clarify the reason for your visit (family, tourism, or business). It is available for both Single or Multiple Entry visas.
In addition to the Benin Tourist e-Visa, you will also have to present the Benin Health Form. It is a mandatory travel questionnaire that all visitors must fill out and it collects information about yourself and your trip. With it, the government might contact you if needed during these unprecedented times. You will have to show the associated QR Code to immigration authorities.
If you are ready to get started for your trip to Benin, apply for the Benin Health Form here.
WHO CAN ENTER BENIN WITH THESE DOCUMENTS?
Citizens of all countries will have the chance to apply for the Benin Tourist e-Visa. Citizens from all African countries can visit Benin without the Benin e-Visa for up to three months. Hong Kong citizens are exempted from a visa for two weeks only.
On the other hand, all visitors coming from abroad, whether they are national or foreigners, will have to complete the Benin Health Form and present the QR Code that it generates during their departure.
OBTAIN THE BENIN E-VISA AND THE BENIN HEALTH FORM
To get both the Benin e-Visa and Benin Health Form, you will have to provide data about yourself (including your full name, passport details, and contact info) and information about your trip such as your intended stay and a confirmed flight ticket.
Visit the application page to obtain the e-Visa and add on the Benin Health Form if you wish.
DISPLAY THE FORM
When you submit the application form, our fantastic team will send you an email with both your Benin e-Visa. You will have to print and show it to immigration authorities when you arrive.
If you added the Benin Health Form to your application, you will also receive it at your email address. Make sure to print it as well and show the QR Code it generates during your departure.
Visit the FAQs below to view the quarantine rules for Benin.
ABOUT COVID-19 SELF-TESTING
Don't waste vacation time searching for a COVID-19 test center. Even if you don't need to take a test to enter Benin, you will need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the US. Simplify testing by ordering the eMed self-testing COVID-19 kit online. Pack the test in your suitcase and self-test no more than 3 days prior to your flight back to the US. Check the FAQs to learn more about our trusted testing partner.
Required Documents to Apply
A valid passport.
A credit/debit card.
US RESIDENTS ONLY: To return to the US you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test the day before your entry date. Don’t waste time looking for a test lab in Benin. Simplify travel with the purchase of an eMed test kit. Order yours now and pack it in your luggage. Then follow the Certified Guide’s online instructions to take the mandatory test 24 hours before your journey back to the US.
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
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Benin?
No, you don't. COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter Benin.
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Benin travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to Benin?
- COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 48 hours
- COVID test after arrival: Travelers who will spend more than 15 days in Benin must undergo further PCR testing
Why buy a COVID-19 self-testing kit? (US residents only)
The eMed self-test COVID-19 kit includes 6 rapid antigen tests that meet major US airline's entry requirements- perfect for travelers on round-trip journeys from the United States!
Order your test kit before your trip and it will be delivered to your home address for easy testing, anywhere, anytime. The Certified Guide will help you get results in 15 minutes on the NAVICA app. Get the eMed self-test COVID-19 kit for $150- that’s only $25 per test.
Do I have to quarantine when I get to Benin?
What is the Benin e-Visa?
What do I need to apply for both Benin eVisa and Benin Health Form?
We require you to provide the following information:
- Your current passport.
- A confirmed flight ticket.
- Your credit/debit card to pay the processing fee.
What is the cost to obtain the Benin e-Visa?
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
How long does the Benin e-Visa process take?
- Standard Processing: 5 days
- Rush Processing: 3 days
- Super Rush Processing: 24 hours
How long is the Benin e-Visa valid for?
It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options to obtain your e-Visa to Benin:
30 days after arrival (single entry or Multiple Entry)
90 days after arrival (Multiple Entry).
The validity period starts upon arrival and allows applicants to stay for no longer than the time granted on your e-Visa.
What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Benin e-Visa?
Which countries are eligible for the Benin e-Visa?
Yellow fever vaccination requirements to travel to Benin
When should I apply for Benin e-Visa?
Does obtaining an e-Visa guarantee me entry into Benin?
NO. Possession of an e-Visa for Benin does not provide automatic right of entry into the country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if they consider that a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Benin would be contrary to national interests or security.
Get started on your application for the e-Visa now.
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Learn more about Benin Tourism
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 great attractions, but the artisanal markets and rich culture are also waiting to be explored. 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 too 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. 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 e-Visa, 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 e-Visa permits 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 temperatures 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 has become 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 best 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 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The kings of Dahomey had 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 of 30 thousand people. Their ancestors fled 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 problem 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 nightclubs, 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 mosquitoes that 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 want to go back. After all, Benin is often referred to as one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.
Your journey to Benin starts by applying for the e-Visa.
Where can I read more?
- Benin Vaccination Requirements: Is it needed?
- Benin Covid 19 Test: Check Requirements
- Benin covid Travel Restrictions: All About It
- How Citizens of Ivory Coast Can Enter Benin During Coronavirus
- How Citizens of France Can Enter Benin During Coronavirus
- How Citizens of Burkina Faso Can Enter Benin During Coronavirus
- How is the process to obtain the Benin 14 day quarantine requirement?
- Benin e-Visa for Citizens of Poland
- Benin Visa Policy
- How Citizens of Togo Can Enter Benin During Coronavirus
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