Entry Formalities, Visa And Useful Contacts in Benin

The Essentials

Papers (EU) :

Valid passport ;
visa or e-visa;
return ticket.

Compulsory vaccination: yellow fever (vaccination certificate required).

Vaccinations very strongly recommended :

universal vaccine (DTCP, hepatitis B);
meningococcal meningitis (indispensable);
malaria (indispensable);
typhoid fever;
Hepatitis A;
for long stays: rabies.

Best season: November to March (dry season).

Duration of direct flight: 6h20 to Cotonou.

Time difference: no time difference in winter; – 1h in summer.

Entry formalities

A valid passport (for Canadians, valid for at least 6 months after departure from Benin) and visa are required. To obtain the visa, you must now apply for an e-visa on the e-visa Benin website.
Since the implementation of e-visa, applications at the Paris consulate are no longer accepted.

Cost of the visa in France: 50 € for a 30-day tourist visa (from the date of issue), single entry.

Count 4 days to a week to obtain it.

It is also necessary to present a vaccination booklet attesting to the yellow fever vaccine, and to be able to justify a return ticket.

Obtaining a visa through an agency

Action-Visas.com: this serious agency takes care of getting your e-visa for this destination. Fast delays, immediate processing of the file upon receipt (no waiting) and reliable service. For the province, apply for the visa by mail whatever the destination.
Visa orders can be placed on the website which is updated daily, and you will receive the forms and list of required documents directly. You will receive an e-mail on your mailbox at each step of the e-visa process.

Driver’s licence and insurance

Attention, African insurance is mandatory to enter Benin by car, as well as the international driving license. No issue at the Beninese border, hence the need to get it in one of the big cities of the neighbouring countries.

If arriving in Benin by road, the carnet de passages en douane is recommended.

Residence address in Benin

When entering the country, on the form to be filled in for customs clearance, the address of your residence in the country is requested: give the address of a hotel in Cotonou.


International vaccination booklet with yellow fever vaccine (yellow fever) compulsory, as it is requested upon arrival at the airport. Updated DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-polio) and MMR (rubella, mumps and measles; for children) vaccination is strongly recommended.

Follow anti-malarial treatment.

For long stays, rabies vaccination is recommended.

For more information on recommended vaccinations, see Health in Benin.

Useful contacts

Information in France

Embassy of Benin: 87, avenue Victor-Hugo, 75116 Paris. Metro: Victor Hugo. Phone: 01-45-00-98-82. Open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm.
Warning: the Benin consulate in Paris no longer issues visas. You have to apply for an e-visa online.

In Belgium

Embassy of the Republic of Benin: avenue de l’Observatoire, 5, 1180 Uccle (Brussels). Tel: 02-375-06-74 or 375-03-17. Open Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00. E-mail: [email protected]

In Switzerland

No embassy or consulate, but a permanent mission with a chargé d’affaires who performs consular functions.

Embassy and permanent mission of Benin: chemin du Petit-Saconnex, 28, Geneva 1209. Tel: (22) 906-84-60. Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm. E-mail: [email protected]

In Canada

Embassy of Benin: 470 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario K1R-5J8. Tel: (613) 233-4429. E-mail: [email protected] Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.