International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy U.S. Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 14, 2020   In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy Cotonou Travel Advisory Update

Reconsider travel to Benin due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Benin due to COVID-19. Benin has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations) and business operations (including day cares and schools), although land borders remain closed to most travelers. Other improved ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event: The Government of Benin is conducting mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in and departing from Benin.  Tests are at the passenger’s expense, and must be paid in cash. For arrivals, fees are 100,000 CFA (approximately $180).  Airlines may require passengers to present proof of payment in CFA or its Euro equivalent ... Read More»

Celebrating 10 Years of YALI

Department of State Bureau of African Affairs Dipnote Elizabeth “Liz” Liu Foreign Service Officer Special Coordinator for the Young African Leaders Initiative August 7, 2020   It’s hard to believe it, but this week marked the 10th anniversary of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In 2010, 115 young leaders came to Washington to participate ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: U.S. Embassy Cotonou Travel Advisory Update

Reconsider travel to Benin due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Benin due to COVID-19. Benin has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19  page for more information on COVID-19 in Benin. ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (July 8, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: Multiple airlines have scheduled flights in and out of Cotonou within the next two weeks, including Air France, Brussels Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Turkish Airways.  Interested travelers should contact these carriers directly for schedules and booking.  All travelers should confirm with the airlines transit/transfer requirements for connections to ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Northern Border Region of Benin and Park W Event: The Embassy has received reports of suspicious activity near Park W in northern Benin. There continue to be reports of suspicious activity in the northern border region of Benin and Park W. The Embassy closely evaluates the security environment and reports of suspicious activity and ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

(June 22, 2020) Location:  Benin  Event:The Government of Benin is conducting mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in Benin.  Tests are at passenger expense; fees of 100,000 CFA or €153 (approximately $165) must be paid in cash, and airlines may require proof of ability to pay as a condition of boarding.  Travelers may ... Read More»

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Contributes Medical Supplies to Benin to Help Fight COVID-19

The United States government, through U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is proud to contribute $60,000 in equipment and supplies to support the Ministry of Health’s efforts to expand Beninese COVID-19 testing capacity by establishing diagnostic laboratories in Kandi and Lokossa. This assistance is in addition to the $4.5 million that the United States government, through USAID, contributed in April to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Benin. Since the outbreak ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (June 12, 2020) Location:  Benin  Event: The following companies have announced flight options out of Cotonou.  Please note that all flights are subject to change.  Travelers should confirm transit/transfer requirements for all connections to the United States.  Passengers whose flights were cancelled should contact their airline directly for information about rebooking options. Air France  has scheduled ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (June 10, 2020) Location:  Cotonou, Benin: Areas of the Etoile Rouge, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs complex, and surrounding areas Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Cotonou has received reports that a demonstration is planned for Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 0800 to protest current events in the United States. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Planned Peaceful Protests

U.S. Embassy Statement on Planned Peaceful Protests We welcome the wide range of voices organizing peacefully in the United States, Benin, and around the world to protest injustice and call for change following George Floyd’s tragic death.  Throughout American history, our people have gathered peacefully to demand accountability from our leaders.  The United States and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event: Face masks or cloth coverings continue to be required in public, and social distancing guidelines remain in place in Benin.  Public transportation has resumed, and places of worship may now be open.  For more information, visit the Government of Benin’s  COVID-19 website  (in French). Air France is offering limited flights between Cotonou and Paris.  ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 27, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: Air France is offering limited flights between Cotonou and Paris.  These flights are tentatively scheduled weekly on Thursday mornings.  Passengers who wish to return to the United States must be able to secure a connecting onward flight from Paris to a destination in ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 20, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: Air France is offering limited flights between Cotonou and Paris.  These flights are tentatively scheduled weekly on Thursday mornings.  Passengers who wish to return to the United States must be able to secure a connecting onward flight from Paris to a destination in ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 14, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: On May 12, the Government of Benin announced mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in Benin.  Tests will be done at passenger expense; fees are 100,000 CFA (approximately $165/€153), payable in cash only, and airlines may require advance payment as a ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Invitation to Virtual Townhall with Ambassador Mahoney

Embassy of the United States of America  Cotonou, Benin  Message for U.S. Citizens:  May 13, 2020  The Consular Section cordially invites U.S. citizens in Benin to a virtual discussion with Ambassador Mahoney and consular representatives on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00p.m.  The Ambassador will provide an update on recent developments and U.S. Embassy activities and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event: As of May 12, the Government of Benin has confirmed 327 cases of COVID-19. Air France has indicated it is offering limited flights from Cotonou to Paris. Passengers who wish to return to the United States must be able to secure a connecting onward flight from Paris to a destination in the ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 4, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: As of May 4, the Government of Benin has confirmed 96 cases of COVID-19, including two deaths. Air France is offering limited repatriation flights from Cotonou to Paris with priority for French and EU nationals.  These flights may have capacity for individuals who ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 30, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: On April 28, the Government of Benin announced that wearing facemasks in public is now required nationwide.  The Embassy has received reports that failure to comply with this policy may result in fines. At this time, it is unknown when the next commercial flight with onward connections ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Benin Event: As of April 27, the Government of Benin has confirmed 65 cases of COVID-19. Ethiopian Airlines has informed the Embassy it no longer expects to operate a flight from Cotonou to Addis Ababa on May 1 due to lack of demand.  At this time, it is unknown when the next commercial flight with ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 23, 2020) Location:  Benin Event: Ethiopian Airlines is currently selling tickets for a flight from Cotonou to Addis Ababa on May 1, pending sufficient demand, with onward connections to the United States.  Plans for future flights are unknown, and travelers are reminded that flight schedules are subject to change ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Benin Event: As of April 20, the Government of Benin has confirmed 54 cases of COVID-19, including one death. The Government of Benin has closed schools and houses of worship through May 10.  The government requires everyone within the health cordon zone in southern Benin to wear face masks in public and recommends their ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

April 13, 2020 Location: Benin Event: The Embassy has arranged a special commercial flight from Cotonou to Lomé, Togo, on Tuesday, April 14, for onward travel to Newark, New Jersey.  A limited number of seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets must be purchased before 17:00 today, Monday, April 13. U.S. citizens can purchase tickets ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 13, 2020) 

April 13, 2020 Location: Benin Event: The Embassy has arranged a special commercial flight from Cotonou to Lomé, Togo, on Tuesday, April 14, for onward travel to Newark, New Jersey.  A limited number of seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets must be purchased before 17:00 today, Monday, April 13. U.S. citizens can purchase tickets from ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 11, 2020) Location: Benin Event: The Embassy has arranged a special commercial flight from Cotonou to Lomé, Togo, on Tuesday, April 14, for onward travel to Newark, New Jersey.  A limited number of seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets must be purchased before 17:00 on Monday, ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 9, 2020)

Location:  Benin Event: The Embassy has arranged a special commercial flight from Cotonou to Lomé, Togo, on Tuesday, April 14, for onward travel to Newark, New Jersey.  A limited number of seats are available on a first come, first served basis. U.S. citizens can purchase tickets from Cotonou to Newark directly from Ethiopian Airlines by ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 7, 2020)

Location:  Benin Event: As of April 7, the Government of Benin has confirmed 26 cases of COVID-19 within and outside the health cordon zone, including one death and several cases of local transmission. Ethiopian Airlines cancelled its April 11 flight due to lack of demand; plans for future flights are not known.  There are no other ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 5, 2020) 

Location: Benin Event:  On April 3,  the Government of Benin extended its closure of all places of worship through April 19.  Visit the  COVID-19 website  of the Government of Benin for additional information on the measures it is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial flight arrangements immediately. Those choosing to shelter in place should prepare to remain ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 4, 2020) 

Location: Benin Event: U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements immediately. Those choosing to shelter in place should prepare to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Benin at this time. Pending sufficient demand for seats, Ethiopian Airlines is offering a flight to Addis Ababa on April 11 with an onward connection ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event: As of March 30, commercial flights out of Benin exist but are significantly reduced.  Ethiopian Airlines is offering seats on flights to Addis Ababa on April 4 and April 11, with onward connections to the United States.  Air France has organized weekly specially scheduled flights, including on April 2, with priority given ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin  Event: Benin has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Beginning Monday, March 30, the Government of Benin will establish a health cordon around the municipalities of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Allada, Ouidah, Sèmè-Podji, Porto-Novo, Akpro-Missérété, and Adjarra in order to isolate them from the rest of the country and contain the spread of COVID-19.  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin  Event: Benin has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Beginning Monday, March 30, the Government of Benin will establish a health cordon around the municipalities of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Allada, Ouidah, Sèmè-Podji, Porto-Novo, Akpro-Missérété, and Adjarra in order to isolate them from the rest of the country and contain the spread of COVID-19.  This ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event:  As of March 26, 2020, Ethiopian Airlines is the only commercial carrier serving Cotonou’s Cadjehoun Airport with a regularly scheduled flight.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with Ethiopian Airlines immediately to make travel arrangements while flights are available. If you are unable to ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin Location:  Benin Event: In accordance with local public health recommendations, the United States Embassy in Cotonou, Benin, will be closed for all but emergency services from March 30 to April 13, 2020.  U.S. citizens with emergencies should contact American Citizen Services at  ACSCotonou@state.gov  or call +229 21 36 75 00. Those ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Benin Event: The Embassy has received reports suggesting possible anti-foreigner sentiment related to the spread of COVID-19 in Benin.  Incidents of verbal harassment related to COVID-19 have been reported by U.S. citizens and other foreigners, along with difficulty or delays in obtaining access to routine medical care due to concerns that foreigners may have and transmit ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/23/2020 Country-Specific Information: Benin’s airport is operating with a reduced flight schedule although land borders remain closed for most travelers. Businesses, stores, schools, and daycares are generally open. Religious services are allowed however gatherings of more than fifty people are not permitted. Entry and Exit Requirements: Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Benin Event: The availability of commercial flights from Benin to the United States is increasingly limited, with some carriers having suspended flights to/from Cotonou.  Many travelers seeking to depart Benin to return to the United States have also reported unexpected flight cancellations.  As of March 23, the only remaining commercial options of which the ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (March 18, 2020) – Correction

Location:  Benin Event:  Correction to the previous alert message regarding the status of Peace Corps in Benin. On March 17, the Government of Benin released an advisory in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Benin.  The language of the advisory is available on its  website  (in French). The government of Benin has implemented enhanced screening ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (March 18, 2020)

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (March 18, 2020) Location:  Benin Event:  On March 17, the Government of Benin released an advisory in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Benin.  The language of the advisory is available on its  website  (in French). The government of Benin has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread ... Read More»

Travel Advisory Level 3 – Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Benin due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Benin due to COVID-19. Benin has lifted stay at home orders and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s  COVID-19  page for more information on COVID-19 in Benin. Reconsider travel to: Park Pendjari, ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Cotonou, Benin Event:  On March 16, Benin’s Ministry of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Cotonou, Benin. The Government of Benin has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Persons entering Benin from countries affected by COVID-19 (including countries with only a single case of COVID-19) must identify themselves by ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event:  As of March 10, 2020, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Benin. On March 3, 2020, the Beninese Ministry of Health released an advisory regarding the potential for COVID-19 in Benin.  The language of the advisory is available on its website ( Communiqué du ministre de la Santé  (in French)). Persons entering Benin who are coming from countries affected ... Read More»

Ambassador Mahoney inaugurates DOD Humanitarian Assistance Construction Project in Djougou

On February 5, United States Ambassador Patricia Mahoney visited Serou to inaugurate a new school constructed with support from the United States Department of Defense. This school is one of six new schools build around Benin as part of the Department’s humanitarian assistance program. The school contains a block of four classrooms, a solar panel ... Read More»

Ambassador Mahoney Meets King Kpetoni Koda IV and Imam Razack Issa Samari in Djougou

On February 5, 2020, Ambassador Mahoney paid a visit to His Majesty King Kpetoni-Koda IV of Djougou. During the visit, the two discussed ways to continue to work together to achieve the shared goals of economic development and religious tolerance, while also discussing the challenges of youth unemployment and economic migration. The Ambassador expressed her ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location:  Benin Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions to Take:  Keep a low profile; Be aware of your surroundings; Stay alert ... Read More»

Holiday Security Alert for U.S. Citizens

December 17, 2019 Event:  Holidays in Benin provide increased risk for criminal activity. There is a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping. Travelers to Benin are perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash. Actions to Take:  Exercise additional vigilance throughout the holiday season and at holiday events. Review your personal security ... Read More»

Auction of used property

  U.S. Embassy Cotonou General Services Office (GSO) will dispose of U.S. Government property at an auction open to the general public on Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 08:00-17:00 at the Embassy service entrance near INFOSEC.  Items to be auctioned include: office and household furniture, office equipment, computer parts, appliances, used vehicles, and other assorted ... Read More»

Closing Ceremony of USSF Training by U.S. Marines

On September 11, members of the U.S.S.F received their certificates after six weeks of intensive training provided by the US Marines. Ambassador Patricia Mahoney and the Director General of the Republican Police Soumaïla Yaya both attended the ceremony. The program, made possible through the collaboration between the Government of Benin and the U.S. Embassy, strengthens border ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Northwestern Benin Event: There are reports of possible threats to local government facilities in the department of Atakora, in northwestern Benin, over the next few days. Actions to Take: Avoid large crowds Monitor local media for updates Review your personal security plans Carry a fully charged cellphone and emergency numbers Assistance: S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin +(229) 21-30-75-00 ConsularCotonou@state.gov State ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Marks 243rd Anniversary of Independence Day under Space Exploration Theme

COTONOU-June 27 – U.S. Embassy Cotonou marked the 243rd anniversary of the United States’ independence. The celebration’s theme was space exploration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. U.S. Ambassador to Benin, Patricia Mahoney, said both events represent the history of human race, of all the peoples ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Inaugurates New Classrooms and Latrines in Kpakpa-Agbagoulé

The U.S. Ambassador to Benin Patricia Mahoney inaugurated new facilities at the General High School of Kpakpa-Agbagoulè, in the city of Dassa-Zoumé, on June 20, 2019.  This building, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, is composed of two classrooms, one office, eight latrines, and a rainwater collection system for hand washing. The building’s construction ... Read More»

Ambassador Mahoney Visits University of Abomey Calavi

Ambassador Mahoney visited the University of Abomey-Calavi on June 13, 2019.  She was accompanied by Public Affairs Officer Christopher Helmkamp. During this visit, Rector Maxime da Cruz and his team welcomed the diplomats to the campus and discussed the excellent cooperation that exits between the U.S. Embassy and the university.  The English Club Summit and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou (June 13, 2019)

Location: Tchaourou (about 50 km south of Parakou) Event: Protests in Tchaourou over several days have resulted in intermittent blocking of trafficking along the Cotonou-Malanville road and reports of some violent encounters and significant security force presence in the area.  Consider alternate routes when traveling between Dassa and Parakou. Actions to Take: Avoid the area. ... Read More»

Rhyme Like a Beninese Girl

Toni Blackman and Polaryss, two U.S. rappers, toured in Benin for two weeks as part of a program known as « Rhyme like a Beninese Girl ». During this tour organized by U.S. Embassy Cotonou, the two artists hosted masterclasses with local rap musicians, music students, as well as professional musicians.      These masterclasses took place at ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Cotonou Builds Capacities of Magistrates and Investigators from the Sub-region on Border and Transnational Crime

From June 4-June 6, U.S. Embassy Cotonou held a symposium on the theme “Combating border and transnational crime between Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso and Nigeria: Lessons learned from the American-Mexican border.”  About 30 investigators and prosecutors from Benin, Togo, Burkina-Faso and Nigeria attended the training given by experts from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 7, 2019)

Location: Park Pendjari, Northern Benin Event: On May 1, two Western tourists and their guide disappeared in Park Pendjari, in northern Benin. Actions to Take: Avoid the park complex, to include Parks Pendjari and W and adjacent hunting zones. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin +(229) 21-30-75-00 ConsularCotonou@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Benin Country Information Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates Follow ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

May 2, 2019 Location: Cotonou, Cadjehoun and Haie Vive neighborhoods Event: Civil disturbances reported in Cadjehoun and Haie Vive, with numerous roads blocked or impassible. Avoid the area and minimize movement in nearby areas of Cotonou. Similar disturbances could occur without warning through the weekend. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Avoid crowds and demonstrations Monitor local ... Read More»

2nd Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

2nd Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 1, 2019) Location: Cotonou Event: Due to continued reports of unrest and blocked street throughout central Cotonou, U.S. citizens are advised to minimize their movements this evening. Continue to monitor local media. Actions to Take: Remain at home or in a safe place Avoid crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Keep ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 1, 2019)

Location: Cotonou, Haie Vive Event: Disturbances reported near Haie Vive, with roads blocked from Place de Martyrs to the Vedeko roundabout. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area, remain vigilant, and monitor local media. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Avoid crowds, and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Assistance: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin +(229) 21-30-75-00 ConsularCotonou@state.gov State ... Read More»

Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou regarding Benin’s 2019 Legislative Elections April 28

Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou regarding Benin’s 2019 Legislative Elections April 28 April 29th, 2019 ———————————————— The inability of opposition parties to participate led to legislative elections on April 28 that were neither fully competitive nor inclusive and do not reflect the Benin that we know. We regret that social media platforms and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 24, 2019)

Location: Republic of Benin and its land borders Event: Benin’s land borders may be closed for legislative elections on Sunday, April 28, 2019.  Please plan your travel accordingly.  Demonstrations may occur throughout the election period. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Carry ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Cotonou Builds Capacities of 30 Journalists in Election Coverage

From February 25-March 1, U.S. Embassy Cotonou held a training on election coverage at INFOSEC in Cotonou.  About thirty participants from various types of media attended the training given by investigative journalist Daniel Glick. Glick exchanged with participants on various topics including the difference between public relations and journalism, the search for reliable sources, the ... Read More»

MLK Slam Contest 2019 winners are known

The mass of oratory in English was said this Saturday, February 23, 2019 at ISMA Fidjrossè. The contest that has become a tradition in the month of February since 2017 has had its epilogue. The event aims to promote freedom of expression, activism, give voice to young people and encourage the use and promotion of ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (February 22, 2019)

Location: Possible Nigerian land border closures February 22-25, 2019 Event: Due to Nigerian presidential elections taking place on Saturday, February 23, Nigerian land border crossings may be closed between Friday, February 22 and Monday, February 25.  Please plan your travel accordingly. Actions to Take: Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Cotonou, Littoral Event: The Ministry of Health in Benin confirmed one new case of Lassa fever in Cotonou.  Lassa fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease. Actions to Take: Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have ... Read More»

The United States Supports Benin’s Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology

The United States Supports Benin’s Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology ********** U.S. Embassy Cotonou and the Government of Benin organized a workshop on nuclear safeguards last week.   The workshop mainly focused on the key-points of nuclear non-proliferation related to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which Benin signed in 1972.  The NPT, whose first goal ... Read More»

MCC Board Selects Benin as Eligible to Develop a Concurrent Regional Compact

MCC Board Selects Benin as Eligible to Develop a Concurrent Regional Compact ********** Cotonou, Benin. Dec. 13—The Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on December 11, 2018 and approved Benin as eligible to develop a concurrent regional compact. Earlier this year, the United States Congress granted MCC the authority to select ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Parc W in northeastern Benin. Event: Due to recent security concerns in regions within close proximity to Benin’s northeastern border, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from personal travel to Parc W in northeastern Benin. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Parc W Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Stay alert in ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Department of Borgou, near Parakou  Event: The Ministry of Health in Benin confirmed two cases of Lassa fever with other cases suspected. Lassa fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease.  Actions to Take: ·         Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past ... Read More»

Ari Roland Jazz Quartet in Benin

The American jazz band the Ari Roland Quartet was in Benin the first week of December 2018 as part of a cultural exchange program of the United States Embassy Cotonou. This quartet of musicians from New York participated in exchange sessions with students and Beninese artists.  During their stay, the group performed free concerts, including at the Place du Souvenir on Sunday December 2, 2018, a ... Read More»

CDA Laura Hruby’s recent visit up north

CDA Laura Hruby visited two schools in Bouka and Derassi on Monday November 19. She saw first hand the results of USDA-CRS Food For Education program. The program aims at increasing school attendance by providing a nourishing meal. The program also educated students, families and community members on good sanitation, food preparation, and stock management ... Read More»

Ambassador Tamlyn Farewell message

Ambassador’s Introductory Statement Departure Press Roundtable September 13, 2018, 10am, Embassy MPR (TBC)   Thank you very much for joining me here today.  I will be leaving Benin shortly and appreciate this opportunity to share with you some of the accomplishments of the U.S. Mission in Benin over the last three years. These accomplishments have ... Read More»

Alert – Demonstrations Cotonou, Benin

Event: Local media has reported that a  march/demonstration will occur on September 13th starting at 8:00 a.m. The intended route will be from the Bourse du Travail building just east of camp Guezo, to Etoile Rouge Circle northeast of Cotonou International Airport. It is possible that 1,000 or more people will take part in this labor union ... Read More»

35 Girls Introduced to Sports Values through Basketball Camp

OUIDAH— September 1st, 2018 : The U.S. Embassy Chargé Laura Hruby, and the Mayor of Ouidah Célestine Adjanonhoun, attended the closing of a girls’ basketball camp at the Regional Institute for Public Health (IRSP) in Ouidah. Known as Special Envoy Basketball Camp, the camp was organized by the U.S. Embassy and NGO OLADE, with the ... Read More»

Official Handover ceremony of equipment to the Fire Brigade

As part of the Disaster Management Preparedness cooperation, the North Dakota National Guard, through the Embassy and US AFRICOM, offered two containers of equipment and materials to Benin’s Fire Brigade. Following a request made by the Ministry of National Defense on December 2016, the Embassy requested the assistance of AFRICOM and the State Partnership Program ... Read More»

Democracy Workshops Train Young Beninese to Citizenship

From July 23-28, 2018, the Idriss Déby Itno amphitheater of the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) hosted the Democracy Workshops (ADEMO), organized by the Benin Yali Alumni Association, in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Cotonou. As part of the workshops, about 1,000 Beninese young leaders received training on the functioning of the branches of central and local ... Read More»

Investigative journalism training with Dan Glick

15 journalists from print, radio, and television media took part in a training on investigative journalism from July 2-6 in Cotonou. The training was initiated by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou. Daniel Glick, the trainer and journalist, discussed with Beninese journalists to the concept of investigative journalism, the rights and ... Read More»

2018 Annual Trafficking in Persons Report : Benin removed from watch list

U.S. Embassy Reiterates Commitment to Support Benin in Eradicating Trafficking in Persons ********** The U.S. Department of State has removed Benin from the watch list on the 2018 annual Trafficking in Persons Report.   However, Benin remains ranked as a Tier 2 country, which indicates that despite its efforts, the West African country has yet to ... Read More»

Benin: Disposition of Remains Report

  U.S. Embassy COTONOU Benin: Disposition of Remains Report May 30, 2018   The following information is submitted in accordance with referenced requirements to provide current data on Beninese law governing and costs of the disposition of remains. The local regulations and policies remain the same. Part I.  Name of Country Benin Part II.  U.S. ... Read More»

Angelle Kwemo training beninese women entrepreneurs

Angelle Kwemo, CEO of Rimsom Strategies, a firm that provides international trade advisory and strategic advice to multidimensional entities, gave her first training session to Beninese women entrepreneurs on April 3 at Obama Center, University of Abomey-Calavi. This training which consisted in sharing strategies with participants to grow their businesses, comes as part of a ... Read More»

Second Annual PAS Cotonou Martin Luther King Slam Poetry Competition celebrates, English and Self-Expression

On Saturday, February 24, PAS Cotonou held the second edition of the MLK Slam Poetry Contest, in collaboration with local media institute ‘’L’Institut Superieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel’’ (ISMA).  Over 100 Beninese submitted expressions of interest, audio files, and videos seeking to compete in either the junior (under 14) or senior (over 14) division.  17 ... Read More»

Global experts release guide on Fall Armyworm management, a critical global security threat in Africa

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing ... Read More»

First Ever English Clubs Summit in Benin

PAS Cotonou organized Benin’s first ever English Clubs Summit, which gathered 132 English club leaders from all over the country for a three-day training and networking program. The program, funded by a grant from Embassy Cotonou, was implemented by the Benin National Teachers of English Association (BNTEA) in partnership with “Titigweti English Club,” the largest ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Personal Security Reminder

As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou reminds everyone to practice good security habits.  Benin has traditionally experienced an increase in crimes of opportunity such as robberies, pick-pocketing, purse snatching, thefts from vehicles, and residential break-ins during the holiday season. The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and use extreme caution ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide ... Read More»

Benin’s Young Leaders Commemorate Mandela Day through a Clean-Up Campaign

COTONOU – July 18, 2017: The Beninese YALI Alumni Association (BYAA) organized a clean up campaign at the Cotonou Civil Prison, Hubert Koutoukou Maga National University Hospital Center (CNHU-HKM) and at the University of Abomey-Calavi. The purpose of the initiative was to commemorate Mandela Day; celebrated every July 18 in tribute to former South African ... Read More»

UNICEF and USAID Donate Health Equipment to Reduce Infant and Child Mortality

COTONOU- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USAID handed over essential equipment for neonatal health to the Minister of Health, Dr Alassane Seidou in a ceremony at the Central Supply of Essential Medicines and Medical Consumables (CAME) in Cotonou on July 17. “It is estimated that 37,000 children under five die each year in ... Read More»

Celebration of the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn and Embassy Cotonou invited members celebrated the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, by inviting members of the government, heads of civil society, and institutions on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Representative of the government of Benin, Minister of Justice Joseph Djogbenou praised the long standing ... Read More»

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Agreement Enters Into Force

$403 Million USD Millennium Challenge Corporation Benin Agreement Enters into Force, Launching Projects focused on Power Sector  ********** COTONOU, BENIN: On June 22, 2017 the Minister in Charge of Planning and Development, Abdouaye Bio Tchané, the official representative of President Patrice Talon, and Ambassador of the United States of America to Benin Lucy Tamlyn presided ... Read More»

Women in Law: A Balance between Career and Private Life

COTONOU-06 March 2017:  The Mission to Benin hosted a panel discussion of female members of law enforcement as part of the International Women’s Day on March 8. Active and retired female police officers, gendarmes, and magistrates spoke about their careers and the constraints related to to sexual harassment and discrimination. The panel of personalities included: ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Travel to Parc W Permitted for Embassy Personnel

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that personal travel for U.S. government employees to Parc W is now permitted.  As a reminder, it is mandatory for visitors of Parc W to register at the official points of entry and retain a registered park guide for the duration of their stay.  This message supersedes the previous message ... Read More»

Fraud Warning

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam:   1.  Do not send money. Unfortunately, any money that you might already have sent will probably not be recoverable. 2.  End all communication with the scammer immediately, rather than attempt resolution directly. If you feel threatened, contact your local police at once. Do ... Read More»

Mission Hosts TechCamp on Elections

From Feb. 1-4, with Mission Driven Alumni Funding from ECA’s Alumni Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Cotonou hosted 35youth from Benin and 15 from Niger for a TechCamp to create a movement using the power of technology to galvanize youth involvement during the upcoming elections in each country. Mission utilized YALI Alumni from five different countries ... Read More»

Actor Djimon Hounsou Speaks Out For GBV, AIDS, and Entrepreneurship (Dec. 3, 2015)

On december 3, 2015, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 students, Mission’s Public Affairs Officer, Paco Perez, award-winning actor, Djimon Hounsou, USAID/BENIN HIV-AIDS specialist Tom Van Boven, and Vice Prime Minister of Benin, Professor Francois Abiola all provided passionate remarks commemorating world AIDS day. Students from seven private universities who participated in a “campus without ... Read More»

Condolence Letter from Sec. Kerry Following Former President Mathieu Kerekou’s Death

On behalf of the United States, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of former President Mathieu Kerekou.  The United States mourns with the people of Benin. President Kerekou served as an example to the entire African continent by moving Benin firmly in the direction of democratic governance.  During his elected ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Worldwide Caution (March 25, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens of the updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on March 03, 2016.  This caution replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 29, 2015. https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html With the recent terrorist attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso and Brussels, the U.S. Embassy Cotonou would like to remind ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Land Border Closure on March 20

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that Beninese land borders are expected to be closed from Sunday, March 20 at 12:00 a.m. until Monday, March 21 at 6:00 a.m. due to presidential elections scheduled for March 20.  The Government of Benin routinely closes land borders the day of national elections.  Please travel ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Announcement of Election Results

U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that results of the first round of elections are scheduled to be released this weekend.  While there are no specific demonstrations planned, social disruptions or protests could occur with little or no warning throughout Benin. Please remember that even demonstrations intended to be ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Land Border Closure due to Elections on March 6

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that Beninese land borders are expected to be closed from Sunday, March 6 at 12:00AM until Monday, March 7 at 06:00am due to the presidential elections taking place on March 6.  The Government of Benin routinely closes land borders the day of national elections.  Please travel ... Read More»

Personal Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel (Dec. 8, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that, due to safety and security concerns, official travel by U.S. Embassy employees to Parc W, the regional national park on Benin’s northeastern border with Niger and Burkina Faso, will now be considered on a case by case basis.  However, personaltravel for all U.S Embassy employees to Parc ... Read More»

Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel (Dec 2, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that until further notice, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from travelling to or staying at Parc W, the regional national park located on Benin’s  border with Burkina Faso and Niger. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow the same guidance. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution ,Travel ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that until further notice, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from travelling to or staying at Parc W, the regional national park located on Benin’s  border with Burkina Faso and Niger. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow the same guidance. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , ... Read More»

Mission Launches Benin’s AWEP Junior Branch (Nov. 24, 2015)

Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn provided keynote remark at the launch of the Junior AWEP program created through a PAS grant on November 24. Thirty Beninese teenage and early 20’s females from four different regions of Benin attended the launch which was followed by an interactive session led by successful Beninese businesswomen. The Junior AWEPs are female ... Read More»

Travel Alert-Worldwide (Nov 23, 2015)

1.  The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting ... Read More»

Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn Presents Credentials (Nov. 08, 2015)

U.S. Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn presented her diplomatic credentials to Beninese President Boni Yayi on November 8 at the Presidential Palace. President Boni Yayi and the Ambassador Tamlyn engaged in far reaching discussion concerning the relationship between the two countries.  During her remarks Ambassador Tamlyn focused on the need for the two countries to work together ... Read More»

Benin Forces Secure Borders With Training From U.S. Marines and Sailors (Sept 25, 2015)

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission, Todd Whatley, and Benin’s Minister of Interior, Placide Azandé, presided over the closing ceremony of a four-week border security training in Benin. The Marines and sailors with the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa came to Benin for a month-long theater security ... Read More»

Bringing Basketball to Benin (Aug 15, 2015)

From August 10-15, Mission Cotonou collaborated with Africa Regional Services (ARS) for the second annual Camp Davis youth basketball camp. Former NBA player, Coach Tommy Davis, conducted the week-long camp, teaching basketball fundamentals to 50 young players (23 boys and 27 girls) between the ages of 12-18, as well as training 10 local coaches. The ... Read More»

Mission Empowers Women Entrepreneurs (Aug 7, 2015)

Following a successful joint entrepreneurship camp last year, U.S. Embassies in Lome and Cotonou teamed up to bring together 40 Beninese and 60 Togolese female entrepreneurs in Lomé for a week-long training program known as the Binational Economic Independence Course for Women (BEICW). Embassy Lome hosted the program which consisted of presentations from successful entrepreneurs ... Read More»

Mission Cotonou Goes Green for Independence Day (July 8, 205)

More than 800 guests attended the first official event at the New Embassy Compound which celebrated the 239th anniversary of U.S. Independence with an environmental theme. During his remarks, Chargé d’Affaires Todd Whatley reminded the crowd that one of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was also one of the fathers of the environmental movement in ... Read More»

New Embassy Compound Inaugurated (july 8, 2015)

The New Embassy Compound was officially inaugurated on July 8th. The Chargé d’Affaires, Todd Whatley, and the Under Secretary of State for Management, Patrick Kennedy, presided over the inauguration ceremony. The ribbon cutting took place in the presence of Benin’s Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saliou Akadiri, and many other officials ... Read More»

Mission Cotonou Joins Little League Practice (May 30, 2015)

On May 30th, Embassy Cotonou’s Public Affairs Section organized for several Mission employees, including Post’s newly arrived Marines, to attend a little-league baseball practice and deliver an equipment donation to participants of the youth baseball club, Baseball in Benin. The club is sponsored by a U.S.-based NGO and seeks to introduce baseball, a largely unknown ... Read More»

Mission Cotonou “Bikes for the Planet” (May 15, 2015)

Mission Benin partnered with the Beninese Biking Federation, a local telecom company, and several environmental NGOs to organize its first ever “Bike for the Planet” event on May 15. Sixty participants competed, racing along a sandy beach road 25 miles from Ouidah to Cotonou. The initiative rallied young Beninese around a new sport while promoting ... Read More»

Flight Cancellations and Disruptions

Though Cotonou’s International Airport remains open, Benin’s aviation authority informed the U.S. Embassy that Air France and Air Brussels have cancelled all flights to and from Cotonou until needed repairs are made to the tarmac.  Regional airline and smaller aircraft flights may also be disrupted.  Please note that the flight cancellations and possible disruptions are not ... Read More»

Land Border Closure

The Beninese government has announced that Beninese land borders will be closed from tonight, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12:00AM until Monday, April 27, 2015 at 06:00AM due to the legislative elections taking place on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens monitor local news stations for updates, plan travel accordingly, ... Read More»

Mission Launches Benin’s AWEP Chapter (April 10, 2015)

On April 10, Ambassador Michael Raynor presided over the official launch of  Benin’s African Women Entrepreneurship Program(AWEP) chapter.  AWEP was initially created as part of the International Visitor’s Leadership Program in 2010 by then Secretary of State Clinton as part of President Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, and it has since flourished to become a ... Read More»

Ambassador Raynor Launches YALI Club in Bohicon

On March 17th Ambassador Raynor attended the launch of 2014 YALI Washington Mandela Fellow Nicase Degvano’s YALI Club in Bohicon. Nicaise was one of six young Beninese leaders who traveled to the United States last summer through President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Through this program, the fellows attended U.S. universities and received training ... Read More»

Embassy Delegation Promotes Girls’ Education in Northern Benin

In celebration of women’s history month, Ambassador Raynor traveled to northern Benin to support several women’s empowerment programs including the donation of Nouveaux Horizons books and One World Futbol soccer balls to a rare all-girls public high school in Parakou, located seven hours north of Cotonou. Ambassador Raynor’s remarks highlighted the tangible economic and community ... Read More»

Ambassador Raynor Inaugurates Special Self-Help Fund Projects

Ambassador Raynor traveled to northern Benin to inaugurate several projects funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. Through this grass-roots program, the U.S. Embassy is able to respond quickly to the needs and requests of local communities for development projects that will have an immediate impact. Inaugurations included rice shellers in Malanville and Djidja, food ... Read More»

Mission’s Leadership Training for Youth (Feb. 27, 2015)

The U.S. Mission organized a week-long leadership training for over 2,200 young Beninese from all 77 of Benin’s communes. This training aimed to provided participants with hands-on leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and was conducted in partnership with the local national university and the van Duyse Entrepreneurial and Leadership Institute. The training was a great success, ... Read More»

Benin Youth to Celebrate Dr. King Legacy (Jan 21, 2015)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Cultural Center hosted the first edition of the Open Mic Night on January 21, 2015. Five competitors performed in each of four categories: song, dance, slam/poetry and speech. Over 200 people attended the event including students, artists, and embassy staff. In her opening remarks, Ms. ... Read More»
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