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Type of Benin Visas

Tourist eVisa (Popular)
  • Processing time: Up to 48 hours
  • Stay period: 30 days
  • Validity: 3 months
  • Entry: Single
  • Fees: INR 4,899/-
  • Ideal for: Indian passport holders wishing to visit Benin for tourism, sightseeing or visiting family & friends
Business eVisa
  • Processing time: Up to 48 hours
  • Stay period: 30 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single
  • Fees: INR 4,899/-
  • Ideal for: Indian passport holders attending business meetings, conferences, exhibitions or seminars in Benin
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Documents required for Benin Visa :

  • Must have Documents for Benin Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any
    • 2 Scanned recent colour photograph. (Photo Specification);
    • Visa Application forms: completed and signed
    • Personal Covering letter: explaining purpose of travel to the country
    • Original Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 3 months with bank seal
    • Air tickets: proof of return flight tickets from and back to your home country
    • Hotel reservation: proof of accommodation for your entire stay
    • Travel Itinerary: day-wise plan outlining all elements of the trip
  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Leave Sanctioned Certificate: with company seal providing approval for leave
    • Salary Slips: of last 3 months

    2.If Self Employed:

    • Business Proof: Registration License/MOA/Partnership deed
    • Company Bank Statement: stamped & updated for last 6 months with bank seal
    • Company’s Income Tax Returns: of last 3 years

    3. If Retired:

    • Retirement Proof: pension book, statement etc

    4. If Student

    • ID Card: from school, college or institute

    5. If Minor

    • Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents
    • Legalized Letter of Consent (NOC)
    • If the child is travelling with one parent, the letter of consent authorizing travel must be legalized by the other parent
    • If the child is travelling alone or without either parent, a notarized letter of consent from both parents permitting travel
    • Death Certificate: in case one or both parents are deceased
    • ID Proof: of parents

    6. If Visiting friend or relative

    • Invitation letter: stating the relationship with the inviter and purpose of visiting the country & assuring the responsibility for housing and related expenses during the guest's stay in Algeria
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill

    7. If Sponsored

    • Sponsorship Letter: providing the name of the visitors, what the purpose of the visit is, relationship with the visitors, length of stay, dates of travel & any other additional information if necessary
    • ID Proof of Inviter: Passport or Resident Permit
    • Address Proof of Inviter: Utility bill
    • Proof of Financial Support: updated bank statement, pay slips

    8. For Business Visa

      Introduction/ recommendation letter from:

    • One of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries, government of India;
    • Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India;
    • Export Promotion Council of India; or Reference number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan.
    • Registration certificate of the company from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India:

    • Income tax documents of the last three years;
    • Letter from the company addressed to the embassy, introducing the business man for visa issuance;
    • Invitation letter from the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan;
    • Copy of the license (JAWAZ) of the local partner or prospect local partner company in Afghanistan.
    • *Note: The Embassy/Consul General has the right to ask for additional information or documents and request a personal interview with the applicant.

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Benin Visa FAQs

  • add Do I need visa for Benin from India?

    Yes, all Indian passportholders require a visit to visit Benin.All foreign nationals including Indians are eligible for an eVisa. 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.
    The e Visa is valid for single or multiple entries, good for 30 - 90 days from the date of issue for a stay up to the expiration date listed on the visa. It is very easy to apply for and does not require sending your physical passport to us for processing.
    It is the simplest and the fastest way to get your visa. Once your visa application is approved, you will receive the visa copy via email right in your inbox.

  • add What is an eVisa?

    An Electronic Visa or "e Visa" is an electronically issued and stored authority for travel to The Republic of Benin, which replaces the traditional paper visa process in most cases.You will receive your Benin visa entirely online – without having to submit your passport for stamping.

  • add What is the purpose of Benin visa?

    A Benin visa is most appropriate for Indians travelling to Benin for business and recreational purposes such as holidaying, sightseeing, or even short family visits. The type of visa to enter Benin will depend on several factors such as nationality, purpose of your planned visit and duration.

  • add What is the difference between a traditional visa (sticker pasted on the passport) and an eVisa?

    The support is the only difference. Both documents allow to visit the Republic of Benin in accordance with the legal framework governing the type of visa / eVisa obtained.

  • add What are the different types of Benin visas for Indians?

    The categories of visas available for Indians visiting Benin depends on the purpose of the visit.
    If you are visiting Benin for sightseeing or meeting friends or family, then you should apply for a tourist visa.
    If you are visiting Benin for commercial reasons or participating in a business fair or exhibition, then a business visa is applicable.

  • add What is the validity of a Benin Visa for Indians?

    eVisasissued to an applicant intending to visit Benin are:
    Thirty (30) day visa with single entry
    Thirty (30) day visa with multiple entries
    Ninety (90) day visa with multiple entries

  • add What is the Benin visa fee for Indians?

    Since the Embassy issues single & multiple type visas, the cost for each entry type differs as follows:
    Single entry for 30 days – INR 4899/-
    Multiple entry for 30 days - INR 6999/-
    Multiple entry for 90 days – INR 8999/-

  • add I would like to stay in Benin for a period of time longer than the e-Visa permits. What should I do?

    If you wish to stay in Benin longer than your e-Visa permits, you must apply to the Immigration Department for an extension of your entry permit.
    Please note that an e-Visa is granted only for short stays. If you overstay your visa, you might be asked to pay fines, deported or banned future travel to Benin for a specific period of time.

  • add What kind of Documentation I need to apply for Benin eVisa?

    Scanned copy of a valid passport. (Please note, passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival in Benin)
    A recent color passport photograph (45mm x 35mm); all photos are to be on a while back ground only, and not altered or edited from its original state.
    Evidence of proposed journey into and out of Benin i.e. ticket or confirmation of your booking from the travel agent.
    Proof of accommodation for the length of your stay or a letter of invitation from your sponsor.
    Students, must provide the acceptance letter from your school, and the details of where they will be staying during their studies.
    Individuals traveling on business are to provide a letter from your employer stating the purpose of your trip. (business covering letter, invitation letter etc)
    Proof of funds to finance the trip i.e. bank statements for the previous three months.
    Birth certificate for children travellers

  • add What is the eVisa processing time?

    The Benin visa is processed online within 48 hours.

  • add How will I receive the Benin visa online?

    In the legally designated time, the applicant will be notified via e-mail about the outcome of the review application. In case of approval, the applicant will receive eVisa in PDF format. You are advised to 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.

  • add How can I apply for a Benin visa online?

    With Akbar Travels, the process of applying for a Benin visa online is easy and seamless. The steps are:
    - Choose your preferred type of Benin visa based on your travel type
    - Pay online
    - Submit documents via whatsapp or email
    - Receive your visa once approved

  • add When can the earliest possible application be made for a Benin visa online?

    We recommend that you apply for eVisa online at least 7 days prior to your entry in Benin. However it is not possible to apply more than 90 days before your date of entry to Benin.

  • add Which are the entry requirements after you arrive in Benin?

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay period
    • Printed Benin eVisa
    • Return ticket to your country
    • Accommodation proof
    • Sufficient funds to cover your stay in Benin
    • Detailed itinerary of your trip
    • Documents relating to your business trip

  • add What are the advantages of applying for a Benin Visa online?

    • Benin Visa for Indians can be applied online from anywhere, anytime
    • No personal presence of the applicant required
    • Minimum document requirement
    • Convenient and cost effective i.e. lowest Benin visa price
    • Electronic visa can be sent anywhere in the world through Email

  • add Do I need to obtain a separate e-Visa for persons accompanying me?

    Yes. Each traveller must have a separate e-Visa.

  • add Can I get a refund if I do not use my visa?

    No. We cannot refund payments for unused e-Visas. The fee is a processing fee.

  • add I do not want to apply for an e-Visa. Can I get a visa on arrival?

    No. Indians are not eligible for visa on arrival and must apply for the visa before travel. Arriving without a visa constitutes an undocumented traveler. You can be fined or refuse entry into Benin.

  • add Do I need travel or medical insurance plan?

    It is always advised to be insured in case of medical or travel emergencies. Akbar Travels can assist you with the ideal insurance policy to protect yourself against medical emergencies during travel as well as damage or loss of baggage.

  • add What is the easiest way to get a Benin Tourist Visa?

    Contact our Visa Experts and apply for your Benin visa instantly with minimum documents and lowest visa fee. No need to visit our office, no need to submit physical documents and no need to deal with the Embassy. We do it all for you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Benin Visa process?

    Please feel free to contact us for all your Benin Visa worries. We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.
    Important Notice: The information provided here are subject to change without prior notice. For confirmation on visa requirements and fees, you may consult with the Benin Embassy or Consulate near you.

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Simple steps to get a Benin Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer quick and hassle-free Benin visa assistance. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Benin visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for an Benin Visa through Akbar Travels:
Step 1: Contact our Visa Expert with your travel plans and gather all the visa information and requirements.
Step 2: Pay your Benin visa fee online and get your documents picked by us from your home or office.
Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify, complete your Visa application online and schedule an appointment as part of the visa process
Step 4: On the appointment day personally visit the High Commission / Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprints) and documents.
Step 5:Receive your Benin Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Benin

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Benin Visa;
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  • Good moral character
  • Thorough knowledge of your accommodation and itinerary details to furnish at immigration if asked to
  • Return flight tickets or onward flight tickets to ensure your return to home country or your next destination once your visa expires
  • Adhere to the moral standards of the country and follow the general rules
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Valid Benin Visa depending on the purpose of your visit and duration of stay Read more
  • Confirmed return or onward tickets.
  • Details of accommodation.
  • Travel itinerary
  • Foreign currency
  • Any additional documents to support your purpose of visit, especially for business visa travellers
  • Have all documents authenticated before traveling
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What to do when you arrive in Benin ?

  • Keep all your travel documents ready to be produced for verification by the immigration officers
  • Ensure you are not carrying any forbidden items that will not pass through customs, including ‘any immoral items liable to cause a breach of the peace’ like books, audiobooks, audio and video tapes Read more
  • Always carry your passport or a copy of it while traveling within Benin
  • Note down emergency helpline numbers in the country
  • Be aware of the general rules of conduct in public places
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Benin travel guide

Benin is a tropical nation, and it is bordered by Nigeria to the east, Togo to the west, Bight of Benin to the south, and Niger and Burkina Faso to the north. Benin is dependent on agriculture and is a significant exporter of palm oil and cotton. Benin has many things to offer like bountiful wildlife, pristine beaches and hospitable inhabitants. Major cities are located in south Benin like Cotonou and its capital Porto Nova. Read more

  • The southern portion of Benin has an equatorial climate with four seasons. From January to April the weather remains hot, and during August the climate is dry, with rainy seasons through May to July and September to December. North Benin has extreme temperatures, warm and dry from November and June, and more relaxed and very wet during July and October. The best time to visit Benin is from November to February, and also you will be able to attend the annual Vodoun Festival in Ouidah in January.
  • Benin is a safe and friendly country. Belittle sensitive at voodoo ceremonies or fetish markets. Benin is a small country, but it has something to offer for every interest like the bustling metro cities to the south, wild landscapes to the north or the history and shared religion that has binds the country and has kept the people together. Benin roads are right to travel and explore the countryside. There are no internal flights and trains in Benin. You can get around from one place to another via bus, bicycle and hire a car or Motorbikes or taxis.
  • In Benin tropical forests consists of mahogany, iroko, teak, samba, and other tropical hardwoods. Football is the national sport played in Benin. There are no direct flights available from India to Benin. There might be a stop at two or more countries like Niamey, Paris, Abidjan or Belgium. There are frequent flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore every week. Flights like Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss Brussels and Vistara operates from India.
  • What to see in Benin?

  • Visit the Venice of Africa, which is only accessible by boat; it is Lac Nakoue, the stilt village of Ganvie where around 24000 Tofinu people live in bamboo huts. You will find the best quality of sands at Ouidah and Grand Popo, where you can go for water sports, sailing at the yacht club in Cotonou, or hire a motorboat on LakNakoue to relax by the water. Possotome and Lake Aheme is the area's biggest village to explore the wildlife.
  • Pendjari National Park is one of West Africa's best wildlife parks where you can see lions, leopards, elephants, baboons and hippos. Zinzou Foundation Museum is a museum of contemporary African art displays sculptures and paintings as well as light, video and sound installations. Explore the Museum and Brazilian style big Mosque in Porto Nova. Cathedral de Notre Dame is the Catholic cathedral has vibrant red and white stripes inside with cream coloured arches and sandstone is worth visiting.
  • Abomey was the capital of the Dahomey kingdom, and it is full of palaces and temples, you can immerse yourself in Beninese history. To experience serene beach, visit Grand Popo. Shop in Dantokpa Market, Cotonou where you will find amazing handicrafts, pottery, statues, traditional medicines, artefacts and tapestries, etc. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Cotonou. Voodoo festival is a celebration of peace and respect is must watch as the worshipper of voodoo dances during the festival in Ouidah in the month of January.
  • Cuisine in Benin is a fusion of African and European flavours. Chicken is typical in north and Fish, and Shellfish is popular in the south, which is close to the Atlantic Coast. Food is very different and tasty in Benin. Tomato or Peanut based sauces are used in almost every fried foods and stew. Tropical fruits like mangoes, oranges, pineapples and bananas selling stalls are there in every place.
  • Christianity is the main religion in Benin, and 27% of the populations are Muslim who follows Islam. The French language is the official language. However, there are ethnic groups who speak their language. Religious beliefs play an essential role in society, and they should be respected. Voodoo is the best-known practice which has social and political power. Only priests are allowed to communicate with voodoos and dead spirits. In most of the places, casual wear is accepted.

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Benin Facts and Figures

Region
West Africa
Capital:
Porto Novo
Time in Benin
IST (-)04.30 hours Read more
Major Cities:
Cotonou, Porto-Novo,Parakou and Djougou
Language:
French (official), Fon and Yoruba (most common vernaculars in south)
Area:
112,622 sqkms
Population:
1.12 crores
Important holidays:
2, Christmas, Orthodox Christmas Day, Orthodox Easter Day, Commemoration Day
Currency:
West African CFA franc (XOF)
Main Airline:
Air Afrique RK
Indepedence Day
September 21
International Airports:
CotonouCadjehounGoldson (BZE)
National Day:
1st of August
Best time to visit:
November to February
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