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Benin coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to Benin. Benin is Open with restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Benin. Benin is part of Africa with main city at Porto Novo. Its Least Developed country with a population of 11M people. The main currency is West African CFA franc. The languages spoken are French.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Benin

Open with restrictions

for travel
International travel to Benin is permitted, however, flights are limited and the issuance of entry visas is restricted. This does not apply to nationals and residents.

Testing on arrival

Travelers will undergo both TDR rapid test and PCR testing on arrival and self-quarantine is required until the test results are received. Passengers will be required to leave their passports with the Immigration Police for up to 72 hours until the test results are received.
Those staying in Benin for longer than 15 days must undergo a third test, quarantine is not required unless a positive result is confirmed.
The tests must be booked and paid for before departure and airlines may require proof tests booked for boarding. The test costs 25,000 CFA ($45 USD) to 50,000 CFA ($90 USD) and can be booked at

Additional test requirements

Departing travelers who have stayed in Benin for more than 3 days must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours, to be permitted re-entry into the Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport.

Additional documents required

Online health forms must be completed and be presented on arrival and departure. - Health form
For more details Foreign Travel Advice, United Kingdom

Government measures

Although restrictions are lifting gradually, social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces and on public transport.

Public transport

Public transport is operating at 50% capacity.


Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Nightclubs are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.


Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing. Opening hours may vary due to local guidelines.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in selected countries are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a PCR test to be administered on or before day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at

Quarantine required

Unvaccinated travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-quarantine early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for a further 10 days.
Further details can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at

Testing on arrival

Unvaccinated travelers are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during the self-quarantine, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'. This booked test must be a PCR test and administered after arrival, on or before day 2. Self-isolation is required until a negative test result is confirmed.
Proof of booking is a mandatory requirement for travelers, regardless of the duration of their stay, but the tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in the United Kingdom on the test dates.
Tests can be booked directly at or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at

Travel restriction details for Benin

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Fully Open
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Benin

Gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited. Restrictions on bars, restaurants and entertainment spots have been lifted.
Visits to public institutions, including government buildings, have been limited. Additional measures include the requirement to wear face masks in public spaces and a systematic sanctioning of those people found to have breached restriction and confinement measures imposed on them.
Schools and other educational establishments have been reopened.

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Benin

Exercise a high degree of caution

Visas to enter Benin are restricted. You're only allowed to enter or exit Benin if it is an 'extreme necessity’. You must register entry or exit information online in advance of travel. If you enter by air, you'll be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense. If you're sick, you may be quarantined in a government-designated hotel for 14 days at your own expense. You'll also undergo testing if you're leaving Benin. Face masks are mandatory in public in most cities and towns, including Cotonou. Non-essential public gatherings are suspended. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in Benin overall due to the high levels of violent and petty crime.
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