Free movement of people: Benin leads Visa Openness Index

Benin President Patrice Talon

Benin now ranks alongside Seychelles among the top countries in the Visa Openness Index. This was revealed in the 2018 report on opening visas in Africa.

In this report, the African Development Bank hailed the performance of Benin. The latter was able to improve its score by occupying the first place thanks to the measures put in place since 2017.

Benin had occupied the 27th and 31st positions respectively in 2017 and in 2016. Thus, the Republic of Benin becomes the 2nd African country accessible without visa to all Africans and the first French-speaking country in the process of free movement of persons.

In January 2017, President Patrice Talon has removed the visa for Africans wishing to travel to Benin for a stay not exceeding 90 days. “This is a decision that gives weight to the goal of moving from an ECOWAS of States to an ECOWAS of Peoples by 2020,” said Moustapha Cisse Lo, Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, quoted in the report.

2018 report of the African Development Bank. During the year 2018, new measures were implemented in Benin, including the introduction in March of the tourist visa once in the territory. This visa is at a fixed price for non-Africans wishing to stay in Benin for less than one week and holders of a valid passport and a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever. Also, thanks to the internet platform:, can visitors to the destination Benin obtain an e-Visa (electronic visa). The platform has been launched since 23 April 2018, and more than 34,000 Evisa have already been issued by the Beninese authorities. This innovation is part of the Smart Governance program adopted by the Beninese government. It aims to simplify entry and shorten visa processes. By its measures, Benin is included in the world ranking of the host countries 2018 on the passport index. Citizens of Benin can travel across Africa without a visa to 20 countries and 12 countries with a visa issued on arrival, which represents 60% of free access on the continent.

“Countries and regions in Africa have much to gain from visa facilitation for other African nationals, whether to fill a skills gap in the labor market, promote Entrepreneurship, diversifying the economy, adding value to services or attracting investment and strengthening competitiveness, “said the African Development Bank, in the 2018 report of the opening index on visas in Africa. Akpédjé AYOSSO in the 2018 report of the Opening Index on Visas in Africa. Akpédjé AYOSSO in the 2018 report of the Opening Index on Visas in Africa. Akpédjé AYOSSO