At a Glance
|Population||10,879,829 (2015 est)|
|GDP Total||$22.542 billion (2016 est)|
|GDP Per Capita||$2,025 (2016 est)|
Assessing Travel and Visa Obligations
Whether you can travel lawfully as a business visitor or require work authorization depends on the types of activities you will be conducting during your time in Benin. In case you are unsure if your activities constitute business or work, please seek advice from your immigration counsel.
Traveling for Business
What sorts of activities can I pursue as a business visitor?
Business visitors traveling to Benin may engage in the activities below. This list is not comprehensive and other activities may qualify as business.
- Attend business meetings
- Attend conferences
- Develop professional business contacts
- Negotiate contracts
If I qualify as a business visitor, do I need a visa for Benin?
Most nationals require a Business Visa to enter Benin to conduct business activities and must obtain it prior to travel. Foreign nationals from African countries do not require a visa to enter Benin.
Working in Benin
What sorts of activities require a work permit?
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Benin law. This list is not comprehensive and many other professional activities are considered work in Benin, even if conducted for a short duration.
- Hands-on technical work
- Repairs and maintenance
- Project planning and implementation
If I am traveling to Benin for work, what type of work permit do I need?
Whether you require a work visa depends on your qualifications, whether your employer has an entity in Benin, and the nature and duration of your work. The most common Benin work permit is the Work Permit (long-term work permit).
Are there any nationals who are exempt from work permit requirements?
There are no nationals who are exempt from the work permit requirement in Benin.
What else should I know?
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection or work authorization entail careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.
Copyright © 2016 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Government immigration agencies often change their policies and practices without notice; please consult an immigration professional for up-to-date information. This document does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. BAL maintains comprehensive immigration information and processing specifics for our clients.