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Benin e Visa Types

In this section, we want to review the features of the respective Benin e visa for eligible visitors. There are Benin e visas for eligible visitors for tourism, business, and transit. These visa application forms are available on VisaHQ, so keep reading to know more about each.

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Benin e Visa Tourism

The tourism e-visa for eligible visitors is for interested visitors who are looking to visit Benin for holidays, to visit family and friends, or to experience the sights and sounds of the West African countries. If you have decided to make Benin your next tourist destination, you should apply for a tourist visa. Thus e visa is available as a single entry document for 30 days and as a multiple-entry document for 30 days and 90 days, respectively.

Once you arrive in Benin, the visa is activated, and the validity begins to count. There are no group e visas for tourists, so each individual must apply for a separate e visa for their trip. Holders can enter Benin by land, air, or sea and are free to travel to any passport-free zone in the country.

Port of Entry

Airports: Aeropot de Boundetingou – Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport – Aeroport de Kandi – Parakou Airport – Porga Airport

Seaports: Porto Novo Port – Port of Cotonou – Port of Galzoue – Port of Bohicon

Border Crossings: Benin – Burkina Faso border, Benin - Nigeria border – Benin -Togo border

Benin e Visa For Business

Business visitors with interests in the country can apply for business e-visas online so they can meet their commitments. This visa fulfills several purposes for visitors, like meetings, settling estates, negotiating or signing contracts, seeking investment opportunities, and lots more. 

The single-entry version is for those who will not be visiting for the foreseeable future after their initial visa and can remain in the country for up to 30 days.

The multiple entry visa is for frequent visitors, but they have two options. The first is the shortest version of 30 days, and the longer one is for 90 days. You are free to choose from both depending on your commitment and how long it will take you to complete it. As part of the requirements, you must have an updated itinerary and business information about your host. If you are representing your employer, you must have in your possession a letter from your employer clearly explaining your mission to Benin, what you intend to do in the country, and how long you will stay.

Who Needs It?

This e-visa is for business persons.

Port of Entry

Airports: Aeropot de Boundetingou – Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport – Aeroport de Kandi – Parakou Airport – Porga Airport

Seaports: Porto Novo Port – Port of Cotonou – Port of Galzoue – Port of Bohicon

Border Crossings: Benin – Burkina Faso border, Benin – Nigeria border – Benin -Togo border

All passengers traveling to Benin MUST complete Health declaration form within the 72 hours prior to the flight.

Fill out Benin Tourist E-visa application form online

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. Official passport must be valid at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 1 blank visa page.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State addressed to the \"Embassy of Benin, Washington D.C. \", giving a detailed description of the purpose of travel, the names and addresses of any organizations to be visited, and the dates of the trip. The letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number and should have a statement confirming that the US Embassy in Benin will take full responsibility for the applicant.

  • Mandatory form before entering country. The form you will fill may be checked at the borders Benin whether you have filled in this form or not, and If you haven’t filled in the form or made misleading statements, you may face legal and administrative sanctions. Furthermore, you might not be allowed to enter Benin.

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A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • This visa is entirely electronic. No documents need to be attached online or mailed to VisaHQ for processing. You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • This visa is entirely electronic. No documents need to be attached online or mailed to VisaHQ for processing. You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • This visa is entirely electronic. No documents need to be attached online or mailed to VisaHQ for processing. You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.
  • This visa is entirely electronic. No documents need to be attached online or mailed to VisaHQ for processing. You will receive your electronic visa via e-mail.

Benin Tourist E-visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidity
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Processing
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
Embassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
Single entry (30 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
1-2 business days
Embassy fee:$58.39
Service fee:$64.88
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$123.27
$123.27
Single entry (30 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
1-2 business days
Embassy fee:$53.00
Service fee:$89.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$142.00
$142.00
Multiple entry (30 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
1-2 business days
Embassy fee:$84.34
Service fee:$64.88
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$149.22
$149.22
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
1-2 business days
Embassy fee:$108.13
Service fee:$58.39
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$166.52
$166.52
Multiple entry (30 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
1-2 business days
Embassy fee:$78.00
Service fee:$89.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$167.00
$167.00
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
1-2 business days
Embassy fee:$119.00
Service fee:$89.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$208.00
$208.00
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Benin Visa Policy

Visitors to the Republic of Benin must obtain visas from any of their foreign missions abroad or online unless they are from visa-exempt countries. Benin is one of the Francophone countries comprising the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Being an ECOWAS member, it subscribes to the ECOWAS protocol, so citizens of member states in the region can enter freely and exit or reside wherever they wish for up to 90 days per visit.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation is responsible for implementing immigration and visa policies of the government as enacted by the Benin parliament. This body determines which nationalities qualify for visa-free entry and who needs a visa.

With a valid passport, citizens of ECOWAS can visit Benin for up to three months for short-term activities, excluding work and study. Besides ECOWAS, the government of Benin maintains an open border policy for citizens from the African Union who may also visit for a short time. The country’s visa exempt list keeps changing, but African Union citizens enjoy all visa waiver programs.

Apart from African nationals, citizens from a few other countries enjoy visa-free entry into the Benin Republic, while some will have to obtain visas at the port of entry for a fee.

Visa On Arrival

Some nationals can apply for visas once they arrive at the international airports in The Republic of Benin. Such visas are only issued for business and tourism and can only be renewed under special conditions. Conversely, visitors eligible for electronic visas are also eligible for visas on arrival.

Electronic Visa of Benin

To expedite visa applications and to decongest foreign missions abroad, the government decided to introduce a special online visa issued electronically to applicants through their email addresses. This e-visa, as it is popularly called, is available as a single or multiple-entry document. As a visitor, you are free to apply for one or the others depending on your engagements in the West African country.

The single-entry e visa allows you to stay for up to 30 days, while the multiple entry visa allows for up to 90 days of stay. The multiple entry visa is divided into two, granting the holder 30 days and 90 days of access. It is available as a tourism, business, and transit e-visa. To avail of this visa, you must complete and submit an online application form and then wait 1-3 days for approval.

Approved e-visas are forwarded to the applicant’s email address which they must print out and travel to Benin.

Key Information About Benin Electronic Visa

Before you apply for an electronic visa for the Benin Republic, here are vital details to bear in mind.

Print A Copy Of the E Visa: It is in your best interest to print the approved e-visa from your email once it is sent. This copy should be presented to the immigration officers at the port of entry. You should also carry it with you anytime you go out in case law enforcement officers request it.

Use The Same Passport: Your e-visa is linked to your passport, so endeavor to travel with the same passport. If your current passport will soon expire, you must apply for a new one before submitting your e-visa application. The passport should have at least 6 months of validity before your arrival date.

Nonrefundable Fee: You should know that the application fee for electronic visas is nonrefundable. This means that the fee will not be refunded to you regardless of whether you get the visa or not. Since it is an online application, you will need a credit or debit card to pay the fee, and a receipt will be generated.

Not For Residency: The Benin electronic visa is not for residency because it is a short-term visa, not a long-term visa. You cannot use it for study or work. For employment or study, contact the embassy or consulate in your country to apply for work or study visas.

 For Non-Visa Exempt Nationals: This travel document is for non-visa-exempt nationals who would not qualify for visa-free entry. The visa-exempt countries are mostly African countries and a few others outside the African continent. To be sure of your eligibility, contact the exemption list to be sure.

Use Only Valid Documents: Only use valid documents that are yours, as third Larry documents are not accepted. Passports should meet validity requirements, and flight tickets should have matching arrival and departure dates. Anything short of this will not be accepted.

Leave Before Expiry: You should leave the country on or before the 90th day when your visa expires. Overstaying is a violation that attracts sanctions.

Use Approved Routes: When traveling to Benin Republic, it is always wise to use approved routes for your safety and avoid issues with the authorities. The approved routes are the designated seaports, airports, and land routes.

Benin Visa Online – Get your Benin e-Visa with VisaHQ

Anyone traveling to the Benin Republic in West Africa must satisfy all the entry requirements before being allowed into the country. Electronic visas are available to foreigners from selected countries who may wish to visit for a short time, and the application form is available on VisaHQ.

How To Apply For A Visa With VisaHQ

Applying for a visa with VisaHQ is easy because we have simplified the application process. You don’t need prior experience with online visas to be able to apply for one on your own. Many have used our platform successfully, and you should be able to do the same.

VisaHQ has been offering online application services for years, and we have a wide network in 6 countries and 2 continents. Our staff is highly experienced and willing to provide you with all the help you need should you run into any difficulties (which is highly unlikely).

Here are the 2 steps to take to complete the application process.

Please fill out the form: Navigate to our homepage, select the e-visa you want, and take your time to fill in each section carefully. There are sections for passport information, travel information, and personal information. All your entries should be accurate and match what is on your travel document. Check for discrepancies and correct them before proceeding to the next phase.

Attach your document: The next phase is to attach your travel documents based on the requirements of the visa you chose. The documents must be valid and yours; using documents belonging to someone else or invalid will lead to application rejection. Pay the application fee and submit it for processing.

Get your visa: Online visas take 3 days or less to process, after which they will be forwarded to your email address if your application is approved. Please print it out and keep it in a safe place for your trip. Make sure ii travel with it as evidence.

Why Use VisaHQ?

VisaHQ grants you the easiest application route that only a few other platforms can boast of. We are the number one platform for online visas because applicants get to enjoy

  • Faster application times
  • User-friendly platform
  • Advanced data security
  • Online application tracking
  • Multiple visa applications if you wish
  • Professionals technical support round the clock

If you forward us your inquiries, our representative will respond as quickly as possible. If you are ready to complete your application, visit our application page now to get started.

Benin COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    Entry into Benin (both by land air and sea borders) is free of presentation of any document related to COVID-19.
    Prior to arrival restrictions
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
    Upon arrival requirements
    😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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