Benin is a country in Western Africa. Although the crime rate can be high in some areas, according to the Lonely Planet it is one of the best countries in the region to travel in.
Benin has a rich (but dark) history that makes for some interesting site-seeing opportunities. It was one of the centers of the slave trade in Africa, and today you can trace the path that took millions of Africans away from Africa and into lives of bondage. There is a memorial set up at the Point of No Return.
You can also see the throne of Ghézo, an important king of the Dahomey empire. The throne is mounted on real human skulls. This is the original home of the Voodoo religion, and many of the people who live there still practice it, so you can also shop “fetish markets” for preserved animal heads and other voodoo-related trinkets.
American citizens visiting Benin are required to have a passport and a Benin visa. Here is a brief rundown of Benin’s visa requirements for tourists:
- 1 completed Benin visa application form
- 1 passport photo
- An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever. Many countries will allow you to send in a copy of your yellow fever vaccine certificate, but not Benin. You must send the original.
- A copy of your round-trip itinerary.
Benin does not issue visas at the airport, so plan ahead and apply for yours in advance. RushMyTravelVisa can help you apply for your Benin visa, providing you with personal assistance from an experienced visa specialists to make sure that all of your application paperwork is in order. Then, we deliver your Benin visa application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest possible processing.