BENIN

VISA REQUIRED

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DESTINATION: BENIN
PURPOSE OF TRIP: BUSINESS

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  • VISA VALIDITY

1 months, single entry / 1 month, double entry / 6 months, multiple entry. All visas are valid for 3 months from the date of issue, except for multiple entry visa. 

All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

  • EMBASSY WEEKLY CLOSURE

The Benin Consulate in London is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for all matters – this can impact collection of approved applications / processing times. 

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(REVIEW PROCESS) / RECEIPT OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:

BENIN BUSINESS VISA REQUIREMENTS

Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for at least six months beyond your intended entry date
  • have at least one blank visa page

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

DO NOT ATTACH THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE APPLICATION FORM

Signed and fully completed original application form. Please see attached: Benin – Visa Application Form

Signed and completed original letter of support from your home employer. This must be signed by a member of your HR, or a member of your management team. If the latter, this person must be at least a manager grade and/or at least the same grade as yourself, and must be aware of your trip.

Please see template attached: Bangladesh – Business support letter. Alternatively, the letter must include the following information:

  • Addressed to the ”The Bangladesh High Commission in London”.
  • Letter needs to be on home employer headed paper
  • Letter need to be signed by authorised signatory of the home employer
  • Purpose of visit
  • People / places and organisation to be visited, with contact numbers
  • Applicant’s name and nationality
  • Start date of employment and job title 
  • Passport number and DOB
  • Start & Expiry date of the passport
  • Dates of travel to Bangladesh
  • Validity of visa applied for
  • A guarantee to meet maintenance expenses 
  • Medical insurance undertaking (if applicable) 

Clear colour copy of valid flight booking and travel itinerary. This does not have to be confirmed

Clear colour copy of your valid yellow fever certificate.

Valid proof of UK residence. This must be presented as your valid UK residency visa in your passport / in the form of a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. A clear colour copy is acceptable.

 This must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended entry date.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. 

Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases. 

1 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£180.00 excl. VAT
£70.00 incl. VAT

3 months, double entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£180.00 excl. VAT
£90.00 incl. VAT

6 months, mulitple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£180.00 excl. VAT
£120.00 incl. VAT

ROYAL PALACES OF ABORNEY

  ABORNEY
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ROYAL PALACES OF ABORNEY

The Royal Palaces of Abomey are 12 palaces spread over an area of 40 hectares (100 acres) at the heart of the Abomey town in Benin, formerly the capital of the West African Kingdom of Dahomey. The Kingdom was founded in 1625 by the Fon people who developed it into a powerful military and commercial empire, which dominated trade with European slave traders on the Slave Coast until the late 19th century, to whom they sold their prisoners of war. At its peak the palaces could accommodate for up to 8000 people. The King's palace included a two-story building known as the "cowrie house" or akuehue. Under the twelve kings who succeeded from 1625 to 1900, the kingdom established itself as one of the most powerful of the western coast of Africa. UNESCO had inscribed the palaces on the List of World Heritage Sites in Africa. Following this, the site had to be included under the List of World Heritage in Danger since Abomey was hit by a tornado on 15 March 1984, when the royal enclosure and museums, particularly the King Guezo Portico, the Assins Room, King's tomb and Jewel Room were damaged. However, with assistance from several international agencies the restoration and renovation work was completed. Based on the corrective works carried out and reports received on these renovations at Abomey, UNESCO decided to remove the Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin from the List of World Heritage in Danger, in July 2007.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

7 business days service:

Global visaz service fees:
£160.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees: see attachment here (by nationality and visa validity)

ST MARTIN'S ISLAND

  BAY OF BENGAL
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ST MARTIN'S ISLAND

St. Martin's Island is a small island (area only 8 km2) in the northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. There is a small adjoining island that is separated at high tide, called Chera Dwip. It is about 8 kilometres (5 miles) west of the northwest coast of Myanmar, at the mouth of the Naf River. The first settlement started 250 years ago by Arabian sailors who named the island 'Jazeera'. During British occupation the island was named St. Martin Island. During the First Anglo-Burmese War between the British and Burmese empires in 1824–1826, rival claims to the island were a major factor. The local names of the island are "Narikel jinjira" which means 'Coconut Island' in Bengali, and "Daruchini Dwip" which means "Cinnamon island" in Bengali. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh.It is also the southernmost part among Extreme Points of Bangladesh. Most of the island's approximately 3,700 inhabitants live primarily from fishing. The other staple crops are rice and coconut. Being very common on the island, algae are collected, dried, and exported to Myanmar. Between October and April, the fishermen from neighboring areas bring their caught fishes to the island's temporary wholesale market. However, imports of chicken, meat and other foods come in from the mainland Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma). As the centre and the south are mainly farmland and makeshift huts, most of the permanent structures are around the far north. During the rainy season, because of the dangerous conditions on the Bay of Bengal, the inhabitants have no scope to go to the mainland (Teknaf) and their life can become dangerous. There is a hospital on the island, but in the past there has often been no doctor.