COVID-19 Information

Last updated: June 16, 2022

*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (COO) is operating at close to pre-pandemic levels, however, travelers may experience some flight reductions.
  • Businesses, stores, schools, and daycares are open.
  • Masks are encouraged to be worn in public area and mandated to be worn in public transportation.

 COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Benin? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.
  • Benin does not require a negative COVID test to depart Benin, but travelers must adhere to the requirements of their country of destination.
  • If needed, Departure tests must be conducted at the official Beninese test centers through the Ministry of Health.  Schedule an appointment and pay the testing fee on their appointment website  and choosing the “Test Local PCR” option
    • Test fees are 25,000 CFA for standard processing at the Palais des congrès.
    • Test fees 50,000 CFA for expedited testing (labeled “VIP”), which can produce results in 4-6 hours (returning same day for tests done prior to 09:30).  The VIP testing center is also located at the Palais des congrès.
    • Payment can be made by mobile money and credit card.
    • An electronic code will be provided to each registered person. This code will allow access to the test results. Travelers should print out these results prior to arrival at the airport.
    • No prescription is required to obtain a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Tests for travelers under five years old are at no charge.
    • The appointment website is in both French and English, however, staff at the testing centers may not speak English.
  • As of May 11, U.S. citizens seeking routine, non-travel-related COVID-19 testing must first obtain a doctor’s prescription before being permitted to test at health screening centers throughout the country. Testing ordered by a doctor and carried out at a public health screening center is free of charge with results typically available within 24 hours. The cost and time required to receive a result from a private facility varies by location.

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Benin approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Benin for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in Benin: AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Johnson and Johnson.
  • Information about Benin’s vaccination program can be found at Benin’s Ministry of Health’s website (in French). Vaccinations are available to anyone in Benin age 12 and older. There are over 100 vaccination centers in Benin, including most hospitals and town health centers. U.S. citizens should contact their local health center for more information about registering for the vaccine.
  • All travelers who are fully vaccinated are invited to convert their yellow COVID-19 vaccination book into an electronic vaccination pass by going to the Covid Testing site at the Palais des Congrès open every day from 08:00 to 16:00. Travelers must bring their vaccination book, passport or ID card and title of transport (ticket).
  • Visit the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.
    • U.S. citizens wishing to enter Benin, must apply for a Beninese eVisa. Visit the COVID-19 website of the Government of Benin for more information on travel restrictions to and within Benin.
    • U.S. citizens may extend their tourist eVisa to 180 days without charge by visiting the Embassy of Benin in Washington, D.C. or the Ministry of the Interior in Cotonou, Benin.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  No.
  • To exit Benin, the traveler must follow the entry rules of destination country.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

 Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

 Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Cotonou has reduced operations and can provide the following services by appointment only:
    • For U.S. citizens, all services (passports, Certified Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), notarials, emergency assistance)
    • For non-U.S. citizens, immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas (limited availability).

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