INFO ALERT:

NEW VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURE

After its official launch on Monday, April 23, 2018 by the Government of Benin, the digital platform for the application and issuance of entry and short-stay visas in Benin has become active.

From 24 April 2018, Embassies and Consulates will cease issuing manual visas.

Therefore, any visa applicant is invited to visit the following platform to complete all visa application formalities: https://www.evisa.gouv.bj

As regards courtesy visas, they will continue to be issued by Embassies and Consulates as usual until the complete dematerialization of the visa procedure.

INFORMATION SHEET ON THE ELECTRONIC VISA PLATFORM

  1. Date of entry into force: 24 April 2018
  2. URL address: https://www.evisa.gouv.bj
  3. Visa types and fees:
  • thirty (30) day visa with single entry (50 euros)
  • thirty (30) day visa with multiple entries (75 euros)
  • ninety (90) day visa with multiple entries (100 euros)
  1. List of required documents:

Visa application form to be completed online (Applicants must have information about passport and length of stay)

No document to download.

  1. Application processing time: 24 hours
  2. Responsible body for processing: Emigration and Immigration Directorate
  3. Payment: Online payment by credit card (VISA and MASTERCARD)
  4. Place of issue of the visa: E-mail address indicated by the applicant when completing the application form
  5. Electronic visa application procedure:
  • Access to the e-visa website via the URL: https://www.evisa.gouv.bj ;
  • Enter last name, first name and e-mail address;
  • For security reasons, the system sends a link to the applicant’s email address inviting him to carry on the following steps;
  • Continuation of the procedure by filling out the form;
  • After the information completed on the form is validated, the visa applicant is invited to proceed with the payment of visa fees;
  • After payment, the applicant receives the electronic visa at his email address;
  • Printing the electronic visa. To keep on hand and to present to all authorized control officers before, during and after the trip, in particular on arrival at the border posts and during the stay in Benin.

APPLICATION FOR AN ELECTRONIC VISA MADE BY AN EMBASSY OR A CONSULATE ON BEHALF OF A TRAVELLER

If a traveller does not have a credit card, he/she can request the assistance of an Embassy or a Consulate for the application and the issuance of electronic visas.

For this purpose, he/she must pay an additional fee of 10 euros corresponding to the cost of the services provided. The fees for the three types of visa will then increase to sixty (60), eighty-five (85) and one hundred and ten (110) euros, respectively.

The Embassy will then use its credit card to make online payment on behalf of the visa applicant who will pay the equivalent in cash refund to the Embassy or Consulate.

This service is accessible on the application portal by checking the “yes” box in the “Demand in embassy” field.

The e-mail address and contact details of the credit card holder must make it possible to identify the source of the sum paid and the Embassy or Consulate that provided the service.

For additional information, please access the platform on the link: https://www.evisa.gouv.bj

The Embassy of Benin in Denmark is available to provide you with all the assistance you would need regarding this new procedure for obtaining entry and residence visas in Benin.