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Benin Visa Information

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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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