Entry & Exit Formalities
You will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate to come to Benin.
Visas are required for all travellers except nationals of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). They are not available upon arrival.
Local authorities have done a couple of U-turns on visa policies in recent years, with the latest turn meaning that visas were not obtainable at the border or upon arrival at the airport. Be sure to get your visa from a Beninese embassy before travelling. Allow €50 for a one-month single-entry visa.
Visa des Pays de l'Entente are not available in Benin.
Visas for Onward Travel
The following embassies deliver visas:
Burkina Faso No diplomatic representation in Benin – contact the French consulate.
Niger The embassy in Cotonou issues 30-day visas. They cost CFA23,500 and you'll need two photos. Allow three to four working days. You cannot get visas at the border.
Nigeria The Nigerian embassy only issues transit visas to travellers with a Nigerian embassy in their home country (there is no need to contact the embassy in your home country beforehand). You need two photos, along with photocopies of your passport and, if you have one, your ticket for onward travel from Nigeria. Fees vary according to nationality. Visas are normally issued on the same day.
Togo Seven-day visas (CFA10,000) are issued at the border. If crossing the border at Nadoba (coming from Boukombé), head to Kara where the Direction Régionale de la Documentation Nationale issues 30-day multiple-entry visas (CFA10,000, four photos).