Benin Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Benin does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
A pet microchip is not required for your dog or cat to enter Benin, but it is strongly recommended that you microchip your pet as it is the most accepted form of identification available.
The microchip should be implanted by your veterinarian, veterinary hospital or trained nurse. You should receive documentation as to the manufacturer of the microchip and instructions how to register your pet's information in the manufacturer database.
If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.
All dogs and cats entering Benin must be vaccinated against rabies between 30 days and 12 months of import.
Pet Health Certificate
Shortly prior to travel, a pet health certificate for Benin should be issued by a licensed veterinarian in the origination country. This certificate as well as the rabies certificate must be submitted to the Consulate for endorsement.
An import permit is not required when entering Benin with a personal pet.
A treatment for parasites by your veterinarian is not required but recommended due to the availability of these products in Benin.
Entering Benin by Air
Pets must enter Benin at the Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport in Cotonou. Pets can enter Benin in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Benin does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Benin. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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