Benin visa requirements for Zimbabweans

Travel and visa requirements

Beninese Visa is not required for Zimbabweans

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • The visa policy in Benin permits citizens of Zimbabwe to visit without a visa for a duration of 90 days.
  • Visitors intending to travel 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 Zimbabweans. The passport should, however, have two blank pages.
  • Travellers from Zimbabwe are required to show proof of accommodation for their stay in Benin.
  • Tourists 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.
  • Zimbabweans below the age of 18 must show travel authorization from their parents or guardians.
  • Prospective visitors can get to Porto-Novo, Benin from any international airport in Zimbabwe. There are international airports in Harare and Bulawayo.
  • RwandAir, South African Airways, British Airways and Air Zimbabwe are some of the Airlines that fly from Tanzania to Benin.
  • The estimated flight duration from Harare to Port-Novo, Benin is 9 hours,30 minutes and 13 hours, 5 minutes from Bulawayo.
  • About 55 languages are spoken in Benin whereby 50 of them are indigenous. Nevertheless, French is the official language of the country.
  • West African CFA Franc is Benin’s official currency. 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.
  • 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 Zimbabwe an hour ahead of Benin.
  • 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

Is Benin safe for tourist visit?

Benin is a great country to visit. The country is one of the most stable and safest countries in West Africa. The national parks of Benin are also well worth a visit for their wildlife.

Do I need a visa to visit Benin?

For a period of 90 days, Zimbabweans do not need a visa to travel to Benin. They will, however, need a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of exit from the country.

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.

When is the best time to visit Benin?

 The best time to visit Benin is in the dry months of December to March, which also coincides with the annual Voodoo festival in January - an unmissable experience.

is there a medical declaration form that is supposed to be filled upon arrival in Benin?