Benin visa requirements for Burkinabes

Travel and visa requirements

Beninese Visa is not required for Burkinabes

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • The immigration policy in Benin permits nationals of Burkina Faso to visit without a visa for a duration of 90 days.
  • Prospective visitors to Benin are required to have a passport valid for a period of 6 months beyond the date of departure, even though the country is visa-free for Burkinabes. The passport should, however, have two blank pages.
  • Tourists from Burkina Faso are required to show proof of accommodation for their stay in Benin.
  • Citizens of Burkina Faso are to provide a return or onward ticket, as well as proof that they have enough funds to spend in the country which could be in the form of their bank statement.
  • Nationals of Burkina Faso below the age of 18 must show travel authorization from their parents or guardians.
  • Intending visitors can get to Porto-Novo, Benin from any international airport in Burkina Faso. There are international airports in Ouagadougou and Tenkodogo.
  • Air Burkina, Air Cote D'Ivoire and ASKY are some of the Airlines that fly from Burkina Faso to Benin.
  • The estimated flight duration from Ouagadougou and Tenkodogo to Port-Novo, Benin is 2 hours, 45 minutes.
  • West African CFA Franc is the official currency in Benin. The Euro is the most advised foreign currency to take along because it can be easily exchanged. Tourist can exchange other foreign currencies at banks and exchange outlets in the country.
  • Various denominations of Christianity, Islam and traditional religion, make up the religious demography of Benin.
  • About 55 languages are spoken in Benin whereby 50 of them are indigenous. Nevertheless, French is the official language of the country.
  • The climate in Benin is hot and humid. There are two rainy and two dry seasons. The best time to visit Benin is from July to August and December to March when the weather is most favourable.
  • The numerous natural and historical beauties found in Benin make it a great place for tourist travel.
  • Transportation in Benin can be made possible with motorbikes, bicycles, moped taxis and buses.
  • Benin uses the West African Standard Time (GMT +1), which put Benin an hour ahead of Burkina Faso.
  • On average, a tourist spends about 10,000 CFA per day in Benin.
  • Ouidah, Porto Novo, Grand -Popo and Bohicon are great places to visit in Benin.
  • The power and socket plug used in Benin are of Type E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Common staples in Benin include maize, yam and peas. Aloko (fried plantain), fufu (mashed yam formed into a paste) and beye ( a kind of cake made from roasted peanuts) are common dishes in Benin.
  • Benin is a beautiful country with lots of tourist engaging activities, however, tourists are advised to take necessary precautions while in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most practiced religion in Benin?

Various denominations of Christianity, Islam, and traditional religion make up the religious demography of Benin. Islam however, is the most practised religion.

Is Benin safe for tourist visit?

Benin is one of the safest and stable places to visit in West Africa, with little or no crime done against tourists. Regardless, tourists are advised to take necessary precautions while in the country.

What is the climatic condition in Benin?

The climate in Benin is hot and humid. The country has two rainy and two dry seasons.  The principal rainy season is from April to late July, with a shorter less intense rainy period from late September to November. The main dry season is from December to April, with a short cooler dry season from late July to early September.

What is the main religion in Benin?

According to the 2013 estimate by the government of Benin, the population of Benin is 27.7% Muslim, 25.5% Roman Catholic, 13.5% Protestant (which includes Celestial 6.7%, Methodist 3.4%, and other Protestant 3.4%), 11.6% Vodun, 9.5% of other Christian denominations, and 12.2% of others or none.