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    19 March 2020

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The Benin government has decided to restrict entry and exit at its land borders, effective from today (19 March). Only crossing judged necessary will be allowed. Quarantine will be automatically applied to any person attempting to not follow the restrictions.

Visas will be restricted. Government reserved their rights to denied visa to any applicants as from now until further notice.

All travelers arriving in Benin by flight will be conveyed automatically and compulsorily to quarantine zones for 14 days. Quarantine zones are hotels requisitioned by government. Quarantine costs are on foreign travelers' account

Port calls are still going on. However, vessel berthing and cargo operations will be delayed, with a possible waiting time of up to 4 hours. Berthing is now subjected to Cotonou Port Authorities’ approval based on information provided at least 72 hours prior to arrival (vessel port of call list, Maritime Declaration of Health, crew list mentioning place of embarkation, health declaration for crew members duly filled out).

Cargo operations greenlight will be granted only after proper health authorities inspection carried out. Anticipate a delay up to 6 hours.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Benin, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com