Benin Visa Information
An appropriate Benin visa
is required of all U.S.
citizens for all purposes except transit: visitors who will remain in
Benin for less than 24 hours before continuing their flight do not need
a visa. To receive this exemption, travelers must present their onward
tickets, and may not leave the airport. Children of U.S. citizens who
will enter the country with their parents must have their own visa. You
can either apply yourself or request the assistance of a travel
document expediting service.
Benin visas are divided into two
categories: tourist visas and business visas. Application requirements
vary according to the type of visa needed. Either visa category takes
three business days to process upon receipt of requirements. For rush
processing, a fee of $100 must be added. Single and multiple-entry
visas are both valid for a period of three years, and multiple-entry
visas permit stays of up to 30 days at a time. The Consulate requires
$140 processing fee for either one upon presentation of a completed
Benin visa application form.
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Benin Tourist Visa
The requirements for a Benin tourist visa include a U.S. passport with
at least 6 months validity, completed and signed application form, 1
passport-size photo, original of an International Certificate of
Vaccination for Yellow Fever, copy of round trip airline tickets,
confirmed itinerary or a letter of confirmation from the travel agent.
For online applications, cover page and credit card authorization need
to be printed and submitted accordingly.
There are several places of interest in Benin that you may want
to visit. Ouidah, or the Museum City, evokes a fusion of ancient
Portuguese, English, French and Danish charm. Therein, you can find the
remains of the ancient port from which African slaves were boarded and
shipped to America. Abomey, or the Royal City, is the home of the Benin
ancient Kingdom, Dan-Home. Allada is the cradle of voodoo that has been
infamous in America.
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Benin Business Visa
A Benin business visa can be obtained by completing the same
requirements as the tourist visa. In addition, a business letter of
responsibility signed by both the applicant and the employer is
required. It has to be type-written with the company's official
letterhead addressed to the Embassy of Benin, Visa Section in
Washington DC. The letter must explain the nature of business to be
performed in the country, name and address of the reference person to
visit, and a guarantee of return transportation and sufficient funds.
The letter should manifest the signature of the company officer as well
as the applicant.
The U.S. Department of State advises all American travelers to Benin to
register with the U.S. Embassy immediately after their arrival. This
helps the embassy provide important services to U.S. citizens residing
in or traveling to Benin in case of emergency. Services include
locating them in case of family or personal emergency, informing them
about travel and safety advisories in the region, arranging evacuation
transportation in the event of natural disaster or civil unrest,
replacing passports when lost, as well as other administrative services
in relation to their travel documents.
For more information regarding Benin visa application, you may
coordinate with the Embassy of the Republic of Benin Consulate Office
located at 2124 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, DC 20008.
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