COVID-19 Information

Last Update on 04.022020 at 4:30 PM

 

Country-Specific Information:

  • Benin has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • In accordance with local public health recommendations, U.S. Embassy Cotonou has reduced operations to emergency services only from March 30 through 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 seeking emergency visa assistance should email CotonouRDV@state.gov.
  • The Government of Benin has established a health cordon around the municipalities of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Allada, Ouidah, Tori-Bossito, Zè, So-Ava, Aguégué, 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 policy will be in effect through Monday, April 13.
  • During this time, travel in and out of the health cordon is prohibited expect for emergencies. Within the cordon, public transportation is suspended and taxis and motorcycle taxis are required to abide by strict passenger limits; bars and nightclubs are closed; gatherings of more than 10 people are banned; people are required to maintain a distance of at least one meter (three feet) from one another; markets, shops, and other merchants are allowed to remain open but service may be limited.  Beninese police and military will enforce these measures and have established checkpoints to control movements in and out of the cordon.
  • In a separate order on March 22, 2020, the government of Benin implemented additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, closing all places of worship until April 5, 2020. All cultural events have also been cancelled.
  • Visit the COVID-19 website of the Government of Benin for additional information on these new measures.
  • The land borders with Benin’s four neighboring countries are closed to routine travel.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On March 17, 2020, the Government of Benin announced new procedures and restrictions for those traveling to Benin and will be restricting the issuance of visas for those wishing to enter Benin:
  • Entry by air at Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport:
    • All air travelers to Benin will be placed in a government-designated quarantine facility for a period of 14 days in self-isolation. Non-Beninese travelers will incur the cost of the stay.
    • Most international flights to and from Cotonou have been cancelled (see “Departing Benin” below). Changes and/or cancellations of travel routes may occur without advance notice.
    • Travelers must use hand sanitizer upon entering the airport;
    • Travelers must provide information on their travel history and health status by filling out a Travel and Health Questionnaire and undergo enhanced screening measures including a thorough review of their questionnaire and the verification of body temperature with infrared cameras;
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  • Entry and exit by land at a port of entry:
    • Travelers will be permitted to enter or exit at a land port of entry only in cases of extreme necessity. Some land borders may be closed completely;
    • Travelers may undergo enhanced screening including a thorough review of their travel history and health status and temperature verification;
    • Departing Benin:  
      • As of March 30, commercial flights out of Benin exist but are significantly reduced.  Ethiopian Airlines is offering seats on a flight to Addis Ababa on April 4, with onward connections to the United States. U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States are urged to work with Ethiopian Airlines immediately while flights remain available. Booking and local contact information can be found at the following sites:  

Quarantine Information:

  • The Government of Benin has established locations for the quarantine of confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19;
  • Exact figures for number of persons in quarantine or self-isolation in Benin are not publicly announced.

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