Beninese authorities have abolished the
short stay visa for nationals of 31 African
The exemption promised by President
Patrice Talon, is based on the Rwandan
example, and applies to stays of less than 90
Talon announced last August during a visit
to Kigali that he was considering the
abolition of visas for Africans.
“Based on the experience of Rwanda, I
decided that Benin will no longer require
visas for Africans. South-South cooperation
can make real sense. My hope is that
cooperation between Rwanda and Benin
can serve as an example,” Talon said.
According to a document of the Consulate
General of Benin in Paris, dated January 10,
2017, nationals of 31 countries of the
continent are now exempt from visa for
Benin, for stays of a duration not exceeding
This list of the countries exempt include
those from South and East Africa such as
South Africa and Kenya.
The short-stay visa is abolished for nationals
of 31 African countries.
The documents has the following countries;
South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Comoros,
Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic
of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon,
Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho,
Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique,
Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sao Tome and
Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, Swaziland,
Chad, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
The Visa exemptions are in addition to the
national of 15 countries in West Africa that
are members of the Economic Community of
West African States (ECOWAS), which Benin is
also a member. The ECOWAS countries
include: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia,
Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali ,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo,
and Cape Verde.
Some of the countries in Africa’s list of 54
official countries include Somalia, Libya,
Seychelles does not require any visa from