Togolese travelers no longer need to present a vaccination pass or a negative Covid-19 test before crossing the border into neighboring Benin. This follows a relaxation of control measures announced by Cotonou yesterday, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the end of a Council of Ministers. 

“As of Thursday, June 16, 2022, at midnight, entry into Benin, both through the land, air, and sea borders, is exempt of any document related to the Covid-19,” said the Beninese government. It explained that it is “due to the current evolution of the pandemic in the world in general and in [the] country in particular.”

Indeed, for several months Africa has witnessed a sustained decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, and a recent assessment by WHO even estimates that the cases should fall by more than 90% in 2022, compared to last year.

In Togo, while authorities remain cautious, health measures are also being relaxed. The government has just authorized the resumption of public celebrations of traditional festivals and rites, a few months after the reopening of land borders.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi


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