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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. 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Benin eVisa is an official travel document needed by foreigners to visit Benin for tourist purposes .
We require the following to submit your application:
- A current valid travel Document/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 day validity visa: USD 60.00
Multiple entries, 30 day validity visa: USD 85.00
Multiple entries, 90 day validity 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: 7 business days
Rush Processing: 5 business days
Super Rush Processing: 3 business days
It depends on the type of visa you choose to apply for:
30 days (single entry or multiple entry)
90 days (multiple entry).
The validity starts upon the date of arrival. You have to leave Benin within the validity period.
Your travel document has to be valid for at least 6 months since the date of arrival into Benin, and have at least one blank page for stamping.
Citizens from all countries can apply for the Benin eVisa, as long as their reason for travel is family, tourism or business. Citizens from all African countries are allowed to enter the Benin without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Hong Kong citizens are exempt of visa requirements for 14 days only.
We recommend travellers to apply at least 7 business days prior to their trip to Benin. For any application made with less than 7 days lead time, iVisa takes no responsibility for rejected visas or delayed responses
NO. Possession of an eVisa 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.
Upon arrival in Benin, you need to present your passport along with your Benin e-Visa, which should be printed.
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.
An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within a certain country. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at the ports of entry or visiting an embassy/consulate to obtain traditional paper visas. e-Visas are linked electronically to the traveler's passport.
Our service starts with information. You can use our up-to-date visa requirements tool to search if you need a travel visa. It's as simple as telling us where you are from and where you are going. Based on this information we will tell you how much the visa costs, the number of entries, the start date and give you an action step such as applying directly on our site!
It depends on the country issuing the visa. For many countries such as Australia ETA and Turkey e-Visa, the process can be done in 15 minutes through our rush service. For other countries such as the India tourist Visa, the process usually takes 24 hours. The exact time can be found on each application form. What we guarantee is that your application with iVisa will be the fastest way to apply anywhere.
The documents must be printed on a sheet of blank A4 white paper. Double-side or reduced printing will not be accepted.
We help you get your travel visa in the simplest and fastest way possible. Through easy-to-use online application forms and world-class 24/7 customer service, we make the whole visa process quick and simple! We also use best practices when it comes to protecting your data and credit card.
iVisa offers two types of Visa: Electronic visas (e-Visas) and traditional paper visas, based on your destination. In addition, we also offer the following services/documents that are required by certain countries: ETA (electronic travel authorization), Tourist Cards, Visa on Arrival pre-registration/approval form, Tourist Invitation Letters, and Embassy Registration service.
- 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.
Please note most countries offer the ability to process a travel visa without a service fee. The main reason we process thousands of travel visas per month is we save you time and frustration. Our service includes an easy to use website and application form. It is much easier to process your application with us especially for mobile users and large groups. We send all of our clients the visa days before travel. This is especially helpful for those passengers who purchase the visa months in advance. We also have a 24-hour customer service with professionals that are based in the United States and speak English. We accept multi-currencies and our website can be translated into over 20 languages. We believe our fee is worth your time and sanity but please note all governments do have their own "free" service.
If you have already applied on our site, please log in to your account and look for your order/application. An account is generated for you automatically after payment is received. Click the link in your confirmation email to set up a password or visit the log in page to set up the password and enter the account. Please note in most cases your visa will be delivered to you via email and can be found in your account after logging in.
If your visa application is not approved by the government agency, we will provide a full refund of all service fees under our approval guarantee. We cannot refund the visa fee (if applicable) since this is a third party fee that is paid directly to the government agency. If a mistake is made on your application, we will process your visa again at no cost. Please note refunds are credited back to the same credit card used.
If we have not processed your visa, we can make changes without a problem. We do check your information for mistakes as well. If you have already processed your visa, If we have submitted your application to the appropriate government agencies, some will allow to make changes, while others do not. Please contact us immediately (preferably through chat) if you notice an error on your application.
Some countries may require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You can see more info here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list It's the passenger´s own responsibility to verify these regulations before traveling to the chosen country.
In order to download your invoice, please log in to your account and download it directly from there.
You may reprint the e-Visa in your email account. Alternatively, you may retrieve and reprint the e-Visa by using your iVisa account.
Yes. The iVisa system does not retain your credit card information after the transaction is processed.
All visas grant travelers the permission to travel to a country's port of entry. Whether you are granted entry or not will be at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
If your visa application has not been submitted for processing you will receive a full refund. However, if your application has been submitted, then we will not be able to provide a refund.
When the visa has to be shipped to you, the processing times do not include this shipping time. It is from when we receive your application to obtaining the approval. Most visas (e-Visas) are sent via email upon approval so shipping times will not apply.
No, we are not affiliated with any government agencies. We are a private company that specializes in processing travel visas for travelers worldwide.
Unfortunately, we are not able to, since the government agencies do not inform us of the reason(s) behind the decisions.
If your visa is not approved, we advise that you contact the nearest embassy/consulate for more information on what your options are.
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal.
All citizens from these territories applying through our website will have their application processed with the nationality/citizenship specified in their passport. As an example, a traveler from Puerto Rico will have their request processed as USA nationality. This does not apply to the travelers under the BOTC (British Overseas Territories Citizen) category according to the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002.