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BENIN – COVID-19 UPDATE

For more information email OMA Benin

10th May 2022

Please be advised that as from 1st January 2022, PCR tests will no longer be performed on arrival at Cotonou airport. Therefore travellers must have evidence of a negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before arrival.

Country Status
No lockdown.

Are port operations continuing for cargo ships?
Yes – there are no restrictions on vessel calls at Cotonou port. All crew members are screened upon vessel berthing by the Health Authorities. Berthing and sailing are continuing on a 24/7 basis.

Any Special Pre-Arrival requirements?
The following are required and must be submitted to the Port Authority before berthing will be allowed:

  • Vessel port of call list
  • Maritime Declaration of Health
  • Crew list
  • Memorandum duly signed by Master to confirm the vessel is in good health  

Is crew change possible?  
No restrictions on crew change.
From 1st January Covid-19 PCR tests are no longer available on arrival at Cotonou airport. All incoming travellers must hold a negative PCR test result taken less than 48 hours before. Outgoing travellers must apply for a PCR test prior to their departure. Results are released within 36 hours and valid for 5 days in accordance with the country of destination rules. Outgoing travellers can fill in the form online and settle their PCR test cost in advance prior to departure. The link is https://centresurveillancesanitaire.com/

Are road borders open for cargo?
Yes all borders are open for passengers and cargo transport 

Any airlines offering cargo flights?
Yes.  For details please contact OMA Logistics Benin.