Visas and Travel

VISA Information

Electronic visa application procedure

  1. Access to the e-visa website via the URL:
  2. Enter biographical information, address and contact data, contacts in Cotonou, information on the trip (motive, dates, etc.)
  3. Upload the various documents required by the authorities
  4. For security reasons, the system sends to the requester’s email address a code that the requester will use for authentication
  5. Upload the photo in the specified format
  6. At the validation of the information entered on the form, the visa applicant is invited to enter the information relating to his credit card for the payment of visa fees
  7. After the payment, he automatically receives in his electronic mailbox a pre-enrollment receipt
  8. When the process is validated, the applicant receives an approval document which will act as a “pre-visa”. This document contains a barcode to automatically display the data entered on the pre-enrollment site. This document will be scanned at the border crossings of Benin.
  9. Payment methods
    ・Online payment by credit card (VISA MASTERCARD, etc.)
    ・Payment in a Diplomatic or Consular Representation

■  Diplomatic and Courtesy Visa

  • Visa Application Form (Download)
  • Invitation letter, if applicable
  • Photocopy of the first three pages of the passport having a period of validity of at least three (03) months from the date of departure for Benin
  • Identity photo, passport format, with white background
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Note Verbale, if applicable
  • Order of mission, if applicable
  • Processing time of the application: Three (03) working days

■ Extension of e-visas for US citizens

Americans continue to benefit from the Thirty-six (36) months Visa in accordance with the reciprocity between Benin and the United States of America.

To this end, US citizens may obtain an extension of their “e-visa” from the Beninese Consular Services close to their place of residence, without any additional costs or formalities and before the expiry of the validity period of the said visa.