Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (June 12, 2020)

Location:  Benin 


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 weekly flights from Cotonou to Paris on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Tickets can be purchased at the Air France office located at 1030 Avenue Jean-Paul II, Route de l’Aeroport, BP 905.  (Phone number: +229 98 45 48 48 or 51 33 85 21)

Ethiopian Airlines is tentatively scheduling flights from Cotonou to Washington, DC, (via Addis Ababa) on June 17 and June 27.  (Phone number: +229 62 50 09 79 or +229 61 64 71 83)

Brussels Airlines has scheduled flights from Cotonou to Brussels starting on July 2.  (Phone number: + 229 21 30 16 82)

All travelers arriving at Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport will receive an order to self-quarantine for fourteen days.  Exemptions for short-term critical needs travelers must be made prior to arrival.

The Government of Benin has announced 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.  Passengers may be subject to additional testing after 15 days.  Those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to government-mandated isolation measures, including possible quarantine in a government-designated hotel at passenger expense.  The Government of Benin has said it will hold passengers’ passports until testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance.

Facemasks or cloth coverings continue to be required in public, and social distancing guidelines remain in place.  For more information, visit the Government of Benin’s COVID-19 website (in French).

U.S. Embassy Cotonou has reduced operations to emergency services only until further notice.  U.S. citizens with emergencies, including passport emergencies, should contact American Citizen Services at, or call +229 21 36 75 00 and press 0 to speak to an operator.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Visit the Government of Benin’s COVID-19 website (in French) or call the Government’s COVID-19 hotline at +229 51 02 00 00 / 51 04 00 00 for information on current government measures.
  • Follow all government and law enforcement procedures and instructions.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
  • Make plans to depart Benin without U.S. Government assistance.
  • Prepare to shelter in place for an indefinite period of time if remaining in Benin, including ensuring you have an adequate supply of prescription medication.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Benin.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
  • Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or cancellations and restrictions of future tickets.