Do You Need Visa to Visit Benin?

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Visa Types

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Benin

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Benin

You can realize your planned trip to Benin by obtaining a Benin visa. Foreign nationals can apply to Benin for tourist, business, courtesy or residence visas for long-stay purposes.  

The types of Benin Visas:

  • E-visa
  • Tourist Visa
  • Short/Long-term Business Visa
  • Short/Long-term Residence Visa
  • Courtesy Visa
Benin E-visa

Benin E-visa

Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Benin can obtain Benin E-visa. Nationals of African countries do not need a visa for travelling to Benin. Nationals of all other countries are eligible for Benin E-visa. You can obtain Benin E-visa for transit, tourism and business purposes.

 

Benin E-visa varies depending on its validity and number of entries:

1. Benin E-visa valid for 30 days, single entry

2. Benin E-visa valid for 30 days, multiple entries

3. Benin E-visa valid for 90 days, multiple entries

 

Required Documents for Benin E-visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed

2. Passport

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

3. Means of Subsistence

  • Sufficient financial sources

4. For Transit Visa:

  • Confirmed flight ticket for the next destination

5. For Business Visa:

  • Invitation Letter from partner or organization in Benin

6. For Tourist Visa

  • Hotel reservation

Note: On the website, firstly, you should enter your name, surname and e-mail address, then for security reasons the system sends a link to your e-mail address inviting you to fill the application form. You will provide your personal data in application form such as:

  • First/Last Name
  • Gender
  • Date/Place/Country of Birth
  • Country of Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail

After payment, you will receive E-visa in your e-mail address. You must print your E-visa in order to present it to authorized control officers in border.

 

Processing Time for Benin E-visa

The average processing time for Benin E-visa is 24 hours.

 

Benin E-visa Fee

Benin E-visa valid for 30 days, single entry – 50 EUR

Benin E-visa valid for 30 days, multiple entries – 75 EUR

Benin E-visa valid for 90 days, multiple entries – 100 EUR

 

Note: If you experience some problems whilst filling the application form online, for example, you do not have a bank card to pay the fee, you can fill out the application form in assistance of Benin Embassy/Consulate. In this case, you will pay the additional 10 EUR service fee with visa fee. You need to check the “Yes” in “Demand in Embassy” field of the application form.

 

Where to Apply for Benin E-visa?

You will apply for Benin E-visa through this website.

Benin Tourist Visa

Benin Tourist Visa

You can also apply for a Benin visa via embassy/consulate. Benin Tourist visa is issued for applicants intending to visit Benin for tourism and sightseeing. You can apply for a Benin Tourist visa in order to realize your tourist activities. The validity of Benin Tourist visa is 30 days after the date of issuance. There is another type of Tourist visa which is called “Special Tourist Visa” and the validity of Special Tourist Visa is 8 days.

 

Required Documents for Benin Tourist Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

3. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

4. Proof of Accommodation

  • Residence certificate or hotel reservation

5. Invitation Letter (if any)

  • From a person or organization in Benin

6. Flight Ticket Reservation

7. Vaccination Certificate (If required)

  • Yellow fever certificate

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Benin Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Benin Tourist visa is 3-5 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Benin Tourist Visa Fee

Benin Tourist visa fee is 80 EUR, and Special Tourist Visa fee is 16 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Benin Tourist Visa?

You will apply for a Benin Tourist visa in Benin visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Benin Business Visa

Benin Business Visa

Benin Business visa is issued to foreigners who regularly come to Benin in order to carry out business/economic activities. The validity of Benin Business visa is 3 or 6 months after the date of issuance.

 

Required Documents for Benin Business Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

3. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

4. Proof of Accommodation

  • Residence certificate or hotel reservation

5. Invitation Letter

  • From a partner or organization in Benin

6. Flight Ticket Reservation

7. Vaccination Certificate (If required)

  • Yellow fever certificate

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Benin Business Visa

The average processing time for a Benin Business visa is 3-5 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Benin Business Visa Fee

Business visa (valid for 3 months) – 90 EUR

Business visa (valid for 6 months) – 120 EUR

The fee may vary depending on your nationality or country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Benin Business Visa?

You will apply for a Benin Business visa in Benin visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Benin Resident Visa

Benin Resident Visa

Benin Resident visa is issued to foreigners who want to reside in Benin. The resident visa is issued in Benin at the premises of the Directorate of Emigration and Immigration in Cotonou. Anyone wishing to settle in Benin is required to obtain a resident card. Benin Resident visa varies depending on its validity.

 

Required Documents for Benin Resident Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

3. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

4. Proof of Accommodation

  • Residence certificate or hotel reservation

5. Flight Ticket Reservation

6. Vaccination Certificate (If required)

  • Yellow fever certificate

*Additional documents may be required.

 

Processing Time for Benin Resident Visa

The average processing time for a Benin Resident visa is 3-5 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Benin Resident Visa Fee

Resident visa (valid for 3 months) – 80 EUR

Resident visa (valid for 6 – 12 months) – 180 EUR

The fee may vary depending on your nationality or country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Benin Resident Visa?

You will apply for a Benin Resident visa in Benin at the premises of the Directorate of Emigration and Immigration in Cotonou.

Benin Courtesy Visa

Benin Courtesy Visa

Benin Courtesy visa is issued to Diplomatic, Official and Service passport holders coming into Benin on official duties.

 

Required Documents for Benin Courtesy Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

3. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 coloured, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colours matching the background.

4. Proof of Accommodation

  • Residence certificate or hotel reservation

5. Flight Ticket Reservation

  • Roundtrip ticket

6. Vaccination Certificate (If required)

  • Yellow fever certificate

7. A Verbal Note

  • From the institution to which the applicant belongs

8.  Invitation Letter (If applicable)

  • Issued by the event organizers specifying the purpose of the mission.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Benin Courtesy Visa

The average processing time for a Benin Courtesy visa is 3-5 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Benin Courtesy Visa Fee

Benin Courtesy Visa is free of charge.

 

Where to Apply for Benin Courtesy Visa?

You will apply for a Benin Courtesy visa in Benin at the premises of the Directorate of Emigration and Immigration in Cotonou.

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FAQ

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Who is responsible for issuing a Benin Visa?

Directorate of Emigration and Immigration of the Republic of Benin is responsible for issuing visas.

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How can I pay the fee for Benin E-visa?

You can pay the fee online by credit card (Visa and Mastercard).

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What is the validity of Benin E-visa?

The validity of Benin E-visa will be the one you choose in your request: 30 days or 90 days.

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When should I apply for Benin E-visa?

You can apply for Benin E-visa 7 days before your entry date to Benin. However, it is not possible to request for E-visa more than 90 days before your entry date to Benin.

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How to choose the right E-visa?

The information is available on the website of Directorate of Emigration and Immigration of the Republic of Benin.

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Benin. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Benin?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Benin, even if you are not required a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to Benin must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight to prove that you are prepared to leave Benin before the duration expires.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Can the Embassy/Consulate request me to provide additional documents or information?

The embassy may request you to provide additional documents or information, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted all the required documents mentioned on the official website of the Embassy/Consulate/Visa Application Center.

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Do I need to obtain a separate E-visa for people accompanying me?

Yes. Each traveller must have a separate E-visa.

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