Last Updated on 07.13.2020 at 09:20 AM
- Benin has confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- U.S. Embassy Cotonou has reduced operations to emergency services only until further notice.
- U.S. citizens with emergencies should contact American Citizen Services at ACSCotonou@state.gov or call +229 21 36 75 00 and press 0 to speak to an operator.
- Those seeking emergency visa assistance should email CotonouRDV@state.gov.
- Face masks or cloth coverings are required in public and social distancing guidelines are in place. Gatherings of more than 50 people are not allowed. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in fines.
- Land borders with Benin’s four neighboring countries may be closed to all but government-approved essential travel.
- Visit the COVID-19 website of the Government of Benin for additional information on these measures.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport remains open, though flight options are limited.
- The Government of Benin has instituted special procedures and restrictions for those traveling to Benin to limit the spread of COVID-19 and restricted the issuance of entry visas.
- Entry by air at Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport:
- 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 be ordered to self-quarantine while awaiting test results and those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to government-mandated isolation measures. This may include 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.
- Entry and exit by land at a port of entry:
- Land ports of entry may be closed to all but government-approved essential travel.
- Commercial flight options to depart Benin are limited.
- Air France, ASKY, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, and Turkish Airlines may offer limited and/or sporadic schedules for flights departing Benin. Interested travelers should contact these carriers directly for schedules and booking.
- All travelers should confirm with the airlines transit/transfer requirements for connections to the United States.
- Some airlines may require passengers to bring a mask.
- Passengers whose flights were cancelled should contact their airline directly for information about rebooking options.
- The Government of Benin has established locations for the quarantine or isolation of confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
- View U.S. Embassy Cotonou’s Most Recent Alerts
- Government of Benin COVID-19 webpage (in French)
- Benin’s Ministry of Health (in French)
- Benin’s Department of Emigration and Immigration (in French)
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- U.S. Embassy Cotonou’s webpage
- Benin’s Country Information page at travel.state.gov