Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (20 January, 2022)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (20 January 2022)  Location: Benin, countrywide   Event: The Government of Benin has extended the amount of time needed for arrival and departure COVID tests. Effective 17 Jan 2022:  Arriving travelers – Must present a negative PCR test result dated within 72 hours of departure for Cotonou. COVID tests …

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Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (December 28, 2021)

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin Location: Worldwide Subject: Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until March 31, 2022. You …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (28 December, 2021)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin Location: Worldwide: Event: The Government of Benin has announced a new testing protocol and will require all travelers bound for Cotonou by air to present a negative PCR test result.  The test must have been taken within 48 hours of departure for Cotonou. This new requirement replaces the current …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin 

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin Location: Benin, countrywide  Event: During the December and January holiday season there is the potential for increased crime and acts of violent extremism in Benin. Planned attacks and criminal activity often occur in crowded public locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Change in Currency Exchange Rate for Consular Services

U.S. Embassy Cotonou informs U.S. citizens that, effective November 25, 2020, the consular exchange rate increased from 590F CFA to 600F CFA ($1.00 US = 600F CFA). All consular service fees, including passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarials, and visas, will reflect this new exchange rate. Payment for consular services at U.S. Embassy Cotonou …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

Embassy of the United States of America Cotonou, Benin Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By September 30, 2020 If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, carefully follow your state’s voting instructions, and return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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