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For more information 
email OMA Benin

6th May 2020

Country Status 
No lockdown.
No people movements in or out of 15 cities (including Cotonou) but the transport of goods & cargo not affected.

Are port operations continuing for cargo ships?
Yes – new port authority measures introduced 27/3 – documents required 72 hours before please see below for details.

Is crew change possible?  
No crew changes are permitted

Are road borders open for cargo?

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

Port Authority measures 270320 English
Porth Authority measures 270320 French  

1) All vessel Masters calling at Cotonou port must submit the following documents to the Harbour Master (through appointed ship ageny) 48 hours prior to the vessel arrival at Cotonou roads.  Please note that no vessels will be allowed to berth without submitting these documents:

  • 10 last port of call list
  • Memorandum stating the whole crew health status
  • Crew list (Crew list must show place and date of embarkation)

2) After vessel berthing, sanitary officials will board for health and sanitary inspection

  • No person will be allowed to board the vessel or disembark from the vessel prior to the completion of the sanitary inspection and delivery of free pratique by sanitary officials.
  • Cargo operations will commence only after free pratique duly delivered to the vessel.

3) During a call at Cotonou port

  • Crew members are no longer allowed to go ashore; all shore passes are suspended.
  • All crew or passengers who embarked a vessel less than 14 days prior to the vessel arrival/berthing at Cotonou port should be self-isolated, quarantined and remain on board till vessel leaves Cotonou port.
  • Crew change (crew embarkation & disembarkation) at berth or anchorage is suspended till further notice.
  • Cruise vessel and passenger vessel port calls are no longer allowed until further notice
  • 4- All port operators (shipping agents, stevedores, clearing agents, trucks owners) are

The Cotonou Port Authority environment inspectors will proceed with unplanned visits to assess the effectiveness of the respect of the above listed measures.