U.S. Citizen Services


***All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are overseas and your 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 June 30, 2022. See additional eligibility requirements and information regarding traveling to the United States here. ****

Covid-19 Operational information

The U.S. Embassy in Cotonou has resumed routine processing of U.S. passport and CRBA applications These services are offered by appointment only. While COVID-19 precautions are in place, capacity is limited, and applicants should expect wait times for consular service appointments and processing time

General Information

The American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section provides information and assistance to U.S. citizens living or traveling in Benin.  For more information on the hours of operation, general information for travelers, how to enroll with the Embassy and services provided, please review the menu on the right side of the page.

Emergency cases (such as medical emergencies, deaths or arrests involving American citizens) will still be handled on a walk-in basis during normal Embassy hours or after hours by calling the Embassy duty officer.

Alerts and Messages

COVID-19 Information

See all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Benin.