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Benin travel restrictions

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Crossing Rules
  • Passengers must complete a health form here prior to traveling and present the generated QR code upon arrival in Benin.
  • Two screening tests (TDR and PCR) will be performed on passengers, aged 4 years and above, upon arrival. Passengers are required to present cash of 50,000 CFA before departure to Benin for the payment of the two mandatory screening tests.
  • Transit passengers are exempted from undergoing the tests, but will be required to quarantine at a designated hotel at their own cost.
  • Passengers will be invited to obtain the result at Benin COVID centre 48 hours after their arrival in Benin.
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Flight Restrictions

published 24.06.2020
Passengers are subject to medical screening at their own expense.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to PCR.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to government-mandated isolation measures and will receive treatment free of charge. Quarantine areas will be guarded by defence and security forces to ensure that quarantine regulations are strictly adhered to, and the Government of Benin will retain passengers’ passports until all testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All arriving passengers must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing – one test on arrival and a second test 14 days after the first negative test result. These tests are at passenger expense; fees are 100,000 FCFA inclusive for two tests, payable to airlines at the time of booking flights. Passengers will be required to leave their passports with Immigration Police for 72 hours until the first test results are received. All departing passengers must undergo testing at Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport or Palais des Congres. Fees are 50,000 FCFA (normal service) or 75,000 FCFA (premium service).

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2016)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited
through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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  • Benin *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating to and from Benin. Entry visas are restricted. Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to “extreme necessity” and authorised in liaison with bordering countries. The land border with Togo is closed. Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport has reinforced measures in place for visitors arriving in Benin. All arriving passengers must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing – one test on arrival and a second test 14 days after the first negative test result. These tests are at passenger expense; fees are 100,000 FCFA inclusive for two tests, payable to airlines at the time of booking flights. Passengers will be required to leave their passports with Immigration Police for 72 hours until the first test results are received. All departing passengers must undergo testing at Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport or Palais des Congres. Fees are 50,000 FCFA (normal service) or 75,000 FCFA (premium service). All passengers must complete a health form online via [https://centresurveillancesanitaire.com/formular]

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    Internal restrictions:

    Travel within the country should be limited to essential travel only. Capacity on public transport is limited to 50%. 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.

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    27.08.2020
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    International restrictions:

    The Government of Benin is conducting mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in and departing from Benin. Tests are at the passenger’s expense, and must be paid in cash. For arrivals, fees are 100,000 CFA (approximately $180). Airlines may require passengers to present proof of payment in CFA or its Euro equivalent prior to boarding. Upon arrival, travelers may be ordered to self-quarantine while awaiting the test results, and those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to government-mandated isolation measures. This may include quarantine in a government-designated hotel at the passenger’s expense. The Government of Benin may hold the passenger’s passport until testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance. For departures, fees are 50,000 CFA (approximately $90 USD) for regular service or 75,000 CFA (approximately $136 USD) for expedited service. Departing passengers should plan for significant waiting periods for testing results (even expedited service can have a wait time of more than four hours).

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    Internal restrictions:

    Travel within the country should be limited to essential travel only. Capacity on public transport is limited to 50%. 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.

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    18.08.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating to and from Benin. Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to “extreme necessity” and authorised in liaison with bordering countries. The land border with Togo is closed.
    Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport has reinforced measures in place for visitors arriving in Benin. On May 12, the Government of Benin announced mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in Benin. These tests are at passenger expense; fees are 100,000 CFA, payable in cash only, and airlines may require advance payment as a condition of boarding. Passengers will be required to self-isolate for at least 48 hours until all results have been confirmed negative, and may be subject to additional screening after 15 days.
    Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to government-mandated isolation measures, which may include quarantine in a government-designated hotel at passenger expense. Quarantine areas will be guarded by defence and security forces to ensure that quarantine regulations are strictly adhered to, and the Government of Benin will retain passengers’ passports until all testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Travel within the country should be limited to essential travel only. Capacity on public transport is limited to 50%. 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.

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    15.07.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport remains open, though flight options are limited.
    The Government of Benin has instituted special procedures and restrictions for those traveling to Benin to limit the spread of COVID-19 and restricted the issuance of entry visas. Entry by air at Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport: The Government of Benin requires mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in Benin. Tests will be done at passenger expense; fees are 100,000 CFA (approximately $165/€153), payable in cash only, and airlines may require advance payment as a condition of boarding. Passengers will be required to self-isolate for at least 48 hours until all results have been confirmed negative and will be subject to additional testing after 15 days. Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to government-mandated isolation measures, which may include quarantine in a government-designated hotel at passenger expense. The Government of Benin said it will hold passengers’ passports until all testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Benin to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Measures include social distancing, reduced public transport capacity levels and not allowing groupings of more than 10 people. The wearing of masks is now mandatory in public places.

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    26.06.2020
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    International restrictions:

    Borders are closed for non-essential travel. The issuing of new visas has been suspended.
    The Government of Benin has announced mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in Benin. Tests are at passenger expense; fees of 100,000 CFA or €153 (approximately $165) must be paid in cash, and airlines may require proof of ability to pay as a condition of boarding. Passengers may be required to self-isolate and may be subject to additional testing after 15 days. Those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to government-mandated isolation measures, including possible quarantine in a government-designated hotel at passenger expense. The Government of Benin has said it will hold passengers’ passports until testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance.
    All land borders are closed to all but emergency movements deemed necessary by the government.

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    Internal restrictions:

    After the lift of the “sanitarian cordon”, the wearing of a face mask is mandatory outside of the house.
    Movement within regions and between urban centres resume. Reduced public transport capacity levels.
    Bars, religious places, beaches and other social and entertainment venues as of 11 May continue to be closed.
    Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

    *****Relaxation in restrictions:
    Restrictions preventing inbound and outbound movements on 11 May have been lifted around the cities of Abomey-Calavi, Adjarra, Aguégués, Akpro-Misserete, Allada, Atchoukpa, Cotonou, Kpomassè, Ouidah, Porto-Novo, Seme-Podji, So Ava, Toffo, Tori and Zè.
    Inter-regions movement bans have been lifted as of 11 May. Motorcycles will be allowed to carry one passenger at a time. Only three passengers will be allowed in a taxi and five in seven-seat vehicles.
    Schools and some businesses such as restaurants (with mandatory one-metre distance measure) and commercial shops are open from 11 May.
    Gatherings of less than 50 people with social distancing and sanitarian measures will be allowed, this includes non-festive gatherings and cremation ceremonies.

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    23.06.2020
  • Benin

    International restrictions:

    Borders are closed for non-essential travel. The issuing of new visas has been suspended. The Government of Benin has announced mandatory COVID-19 testing of all airline passengers arriving in Benin. Tests are at passenger expense; fees of 100,000 CFA or €153 (approximately $165) must be paid in cash, and airlines may require proof of ability to pay as a condition of boarding. Passengers may be required to self-isolate and may be subject to additional testing after 15 days. Those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to government-mandated isolation measures, including possible quarantine in a government-designated hotel at passenger expense. The Government of Benin has said it will hold passengers’ passports until testing and isolation requirements are met to ensure compliance. All land borders are closed to all but emergency movements deemed necessary by the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    After the lift of the “sanitarian cordon”, the wearing of a face mask is mandatory outside of the house. Movement within regions and between urban centres resume. Public transport and buses are suspended. Bars, religious places, beaches and other social and entertainment venues as of 11 May continue to be closed. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Relaxation in restrictions: Restrictions preventing inbound and outbound movements on 11 May have been lifted around the cities of Abomey-Calavi, Adjarra, Aguégués, Akpro-Misserete, Allada, Atchoukpa, Cotonou, Kpomassè, Ouidah, Porto-Novo, Seme-Podji, So Ava, Toffo, Tori and Zè. Inter-regions movement bans have been lifted as of 11 May. Motorcycles will be allowed to carry one passenger at a time. Only three passengers will be allowed in a taxi and five in seven-seat vehicles. Schools and some businesses such as restaurants (with mandatory one-metre distance measure) and commercial shops are open from 11 May. Gatherings of less than 50 people with social distancing and sanitarian measures will be allowed, this includes non-festive gatherings and cremation ceremonies.

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    28.05.2020
  • Benin

    International restrictions:

    Borders are closed for non-essential travel. The issuing of new visas has been suspended. All travellers arriving by air must go into quarantine for 14 days in government selected hotels. Non-nationals must pay the associated costs themselves (estimated around US$1,600). All land borders are closed to all but emergency movements deemed necessary by the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    After the lift of the “sanitarian cordon”, the wearing of a face mask is mandatory outside of the house. Movement within regions and between urban centres resume. Public transport and buses are suspended. Bars, religious places, beaches and other social and entertainment venues as of 11 May continue to be closed. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Relaxation in restrictions: Restrictions preventing inbound and outbound movements on 11 May have been lifted around the cities of Abomey-Calavi, Adjarra, Aguégués, Akpro-Misserete, Allada, Atchoukpa, Cotonou, Kpomassè, Ouidah, Porto-Novo, Seme-Podji, So Ava, Toffo, Tori and Zè. Inter-regions movement bans have been lifted as of 11 May. Motorcycles will be allowed to carry one passenger at a time. Only three passengers will be allowed in a taxi and five in seven-seat vehicles. Schools and some businesses such as restaurants (with mandatory one-metre distance measure) and commercial shops are open from 11 May. Gatherings of less than 50 people with social distancing and sanitarian measures will be allowed, this includes non-festive gatherings and cremation ceremonies.

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    27.05.2020
  • Benin

    International restrictions:

    Borders are closed for non-essential travel. The issuing of new visas has been suspended. All travellers arriving by air must go into quarantine for 14 days. Non-nationals must pay the associated costs themselves. All land borders are closed to all but emergency movements deemed necessary by the government.

    Internal restrictions:

    After the lift of the “sanitarian cordon”, the wearing of a face mask is mandatory outside of the house. Movement within regions and between urban centres resume. Public transport and buses are suspended. Bars, religious places, beaches and other social and entertainment venues as of 11 May continue to be closed. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Relaxation in restrictions: Restrictions preventing inbound and outbound movements on 11 May have been lifted around the cities of Abomey-Calavi, Adjarra, Aguégués, Akpro-Misserete, Allada, Atchoukpa, Cotonou, Kpomassè, Ouidah, Porto-Novo, Seme-Podji, So Ava, Toffo, Tori and Zè. Inter-regions movement bans have been lifted as of 11 May. Motorcycles will be allowed to carry one passenger at a time. Only three passengers will be allowed in a taxi and five in seven-seat vehicles. Schools and some businesses such as restaurants (with mandatory one-metre distance measure) and commercial shops are open from 11 May. Gatherings of less than 50 people with social distancing and sanitarian measures will be allowed, this includes non-festive gatherings and cremation ceremonies.

    Source: https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/7911f78a-0f13-4fb8-926a-184937101eac https://bj.usembassy.gov/info-covid19/

    Published on 11.05.2020

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    12.05.2020
  • Benin Government extends COVID-19 lockdown until 10 May (Reuters, 30.04.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All borders are closed until at least 31 May. Bolivian nationals and residents may be granted entry, but require prior approval and/or a diplomatically-arranged flight. There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country. However, due to the lack of flight availability, any exit from the country should be coordinated with the government and the traveller’s diplomatic mission. Military forces will be deployed to the city of Santa Cruz to enforce measures.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A quarantine is in effect in La Paz, El Alto, and Santa Cruz, and “high risk” municipalities in the Cochabamba department until 31 May. Individuals may leave their homes on foot for essential needs between 07.00 and 12.00 (local time) one day a week, based on their national ID number. All private and public transportation services are suspended, including domestic flights, inter-provincial and inter-departmental buses and local vehicle traffic. Exemptions for essential services and healthcare workers are granted via special permits issued by the authorities. Violations are punishable by fine and/or detention.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) indicated that from 11 May, Bolivia will implement “dynamic quarantine.” Towns and cities will be classified as high, medium or moderate risk based on coronavirus data. Different quarantine restrictions will apply depending on the designated risk level, which the Bolivian government will re-assess every seven days.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://bo.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

    Published on 11.05.2020

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    12.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
    OSAC Travel Advisories
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information
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