U.S. Citizen Services

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Beginning September 15, 2023, U.S. Embassy Cotonou will begin accepting online fee payments for DS-82 adult U.S. passport renewal applications. You will still need to drop off your application in-person at the Embassy but will not need to schedule an appointment in advance. Walk-in hours for DS-82 passport renewals are Mondays and Thursdays from 14:00pm – 15:00pm, except for Beninese and American holidays. Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $130 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal. After successfully paying the fee, you must print out the electronic payment confirmation you receive via email and bring it to the embassy with your application during walk-in hours. Online fee payment is currently available for passport book renewals only. If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the Embassy.

The Administration will end the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. This means starting May 12, noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers will no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States. CDC’s Amended Order Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic will no longer be in effect when the Presidential Proclamation Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic is revoked.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.