Getting your Visa for Benin in Lome

It used to be the case that you could just turn up to the border of Benin and get a visa.  However, as of 2013 things have changed and you’ll now have to get it before hand.  One of the best places to get your visa for Benin is in Lome.  It’s not instant, but it isn’t really challenging either.

Lome

Where?

The visa office in Lome is fairly easy to find on your own, and every taxi in the city knows it.

If you’re driving, it may be a bit trickier to find, but certainly possible.  It’s towards the Ghanaian border and then away from the beach.  The locals all know it if you need to ask someone, but the address of the Consulate for Benin in Lome is:

61, Rue des Rossignols
Quartier : Kodjoviakope

What you Need

It seems to change constantly, so I can only tell you what I needed, and I’ll tell you that you should probably bring double just in case.

  • 1 Passport Photo
  • 1 Photocopy of your passport and Togolese visa (although there was someone on staff doing passport photocopy runs when I was there too).
  • Come between 8-11am.

How Long?

When I was there is was the next business day.  I didn’t pick mine up the next day, though, since I had malaria.  However, I was told to pick it up the following afternoon.

How Much?

There was a variety of prices for the visas.  You could get everything from a 48 hour transit visa to a 3-month visa.  I paid 10,000CFA or 20USD for 1 month.

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6 Comments

  1. Great information Brendan, can you let me know when this was that you did this, I am going in April and getting the visa in London seems challenging for me.

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    • This was about 4 years ago now, but I’m sure the process is the same.

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    • I am in Lomé now, and the consulate is no longer in this address
      They moved to another neighborhood called Bé. They are open Thursday and Friday

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  2. I just got my visa for Benin in Lagos. They charged me 45k Naira or almost $120. It is January, 2017

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    • Thanks for the update.

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    • Hi, I just came across this conversation via Google search. Did you cross over from Lagos to Benin by road? Did it look like there are opportunities for a 48hour visa at the border?
      Thanks
      Mark

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