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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Benin
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Benin
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Border with Burkina Faso and Niger
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Border with Nigeria


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundTesting requirements
1. Before departure: Online registration and payment for tests (by bank card or mobile money) are compulsory for all passengers before departure. All travellers must undertake a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and a PCR test on-site at the cost of 50,000 FCFA (approximately US$90). Online check-in and payment for those tests are compulsory for all passengers before their arrival at Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (COO) on this website: https://centresurveillancesanitaire.com/. The online check-in will provide travellers with an ID code that will be requested in the COVID-19 centre at the airport.
2. Test result procedures upon arrival:
a. If the RDT test result is positive, the traveller will have to quarantine at home if possible, otherwise on a dedicated site, free of charge.
b. If the RDT test result is negative, the traveller will be able to return home with a prescription of strict compliance with the preventive measures and an appointment 48 hours later for the withdrawal of the PCR results.
c. If the PCR test result is positive, the traveller will have to quarantine at home if possible, otherwise on a dedicated site.
d. If the PCR test result is negative, the traveller may resume activities in strict compliance with preventive measures and all travellers must undertake a second PCR test after 15 days in the country (only for travellers staying longer than 15 days).
3. Travellers must leave their passport with the border police and collect it at the latest within 72 hours with the results of their tests at the Cotonou convention centre by making an appointment by phone at 7016.
4. Further tests during the stay: Travellers who stay fewer than three days do not need to undertake a second test. Travellers who stay for more than three days but fewer than 14 days must take the second test 72 hours before their departure date at the Cotonou convention centre by making an appointment by phone at 7016.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(Until further notice)
Transit
Travellers in transit in Benin must take the PCR test and stay in the territory until the result is obtained. Those who stop in Cotonou without leaving the plane or the airport are not subject to the test.
(Until further notice)
OutboundOnline registration and payment for tests (by bank card or mobile money) are compulsory for all passengers before departure on the website https://www.surveillancesanitaire.bj/. The cost is 50,000 FCFA (or 75,000 FCFA for premium service, approximately US$90 and US$135, respectively). An ID number will be provided online and requested by the COVID-19 centre to undertake the tests.
All outbound travellers need to present a negative PCR test result at the airport before departure. The sample can be taken three to four days before departure for results to be returned within 72 hours. The tests can be done at airport or Palais des Congrès sites.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
All land borders are closed to all but emergency movements deemed necessary by the government.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticIt is mandatory to wear a face mask in public. Social distancing guidelines are in place. Bars and places of worship are now open while places of celebration, clubs and beaches remain closed. All cultural and sport events have been cancelled.

Movement is possible within regions and between urban centres.

Public transport and buses resumed their activity - wearing of face masks is mandatory on public transport.

Public gatherings up to 50 people are allowed.
(Until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Benin

COVID-19 information for Benin

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Petty and violent crimes pose a risk to business travellers. Nigerian border areas are more dangerous for travellers because of the presence of corrupt officials and armed criminals. In Cotonou, armed crime – including bank robberies – is increasing and road traffic accidents are common, partly as a result of the high number of 'zemidjans' (scooter taxis) in circulation. Roads outside Cotonou are poorly lit and night-time travel along such routes is inadvisable. Some local carriers and private charter aircraft adopt lax technical and safety measures. Nigerian pirates have taken to attacking ships off the country's coast.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Benin
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Meningitis - meningococcalVaccination with the quadrivalent vaccine
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PolioAll travellers are recommended to be fully
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverBenin is a country with a risk of yellow fever
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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