Travel & Accommodations

    Travel Requirements

    • All conference participants with nationality from any African nation, or any nation listed by Benin's Minister of the Interrior as "Les pays exemptés" (Exempted countries), are exempt from a visa to enter Benin if their stay is less than 90 days.
    • Participants from the rest of the world need an entry visa. There are two ways you can obtain a visa:
      1. From one of the Beninese diplomatic missions, or
      2. Apply for E-visa. Recently, Benin has put in place an e-visa system, so that foreigners can get their visa from home prior to travel. To get your e-visa please visit The e-visa is sent by email, once the application is approved. The procedure is quite simplified. Only names, passport numbers and date of stay are required. The processing time is less than forty-eight hours.
    • For 30-day visas with entry and exit, payment of 50 euros is required.
    • vaccination for yellow fever is required, (but can be purchased at he airport for around $25 USD?). An international vaccination health certificate for yellow fever is required upon entry.


    • International flight arrivals at Cadjehoun International Airport (COO) in Cotonou will be picked up by bus transport provided by Songhai Center. The airport is 45
      minutes from the center. After clearing immigration, please look for representatives from Songhai who will bear a sign 8th ICAT for your shuttle to the conference.
    • It is NOT reccommended to arrive by ground transportation from Nigeria.


    Benin uses the West African CFA Franc as their currency. As of 19 Aug 2018, 1000 CFA Francs is equal to:
    • 1.74 USD
    • 1.52 Euro
    • 25.74 South African Rand
    You can check the latest conversion rates using the XE Currency Converter.

    Venue & Lodging

    The conference takes place at the Songhai Center in Porto-Novo, Benin.

    Songhai Center, Route de Ouando, 01 BP 597 Porto-Novo, BENIN.
    Ph. +229 60 93 33 34 / 62 52 92 80. Email:

    The venue does have lodging available, and the local organizing committee can arrange the reservation of a room for you. The rooms available at the conference center are listed below. You may specify your room type preference when you register.

    Room rates

    Room Type Cost per night # of beds # of rooms Other
    Presidential Suite 50,000 CFA (~$90) 1 Queen 2 wifi
    VIP Room 40,000 CFA (~$70) 1 Queen 24 wifi
    Mini Suite 30,000 CFA (~$50) 1 Double 4  
    A/C Room Type 1 16,000 CFA (~$30) 1 Double 14  
    A/C Room Type 2 13,000 CFA (~$25) 1 Double 20  
    Single Room with fan 8,000 CFA (~$15) 1 Double 5  

    Meal Options at Songhai Center

    African Restaurant:
    • National Food: 3,500-5,000 CFA / day / person for 3 meals of the day
    • Sub-regional Food: 7500-8500 CFA / day / person for 3 meals of the day
    Mixed restaurant:
    • Breakfast: 800-1,500 CFA
    • Simple meal for resistance: 2,000-3,500 CFA / meal / person.
    • Meal (appetizer + strength + dessert): 3,500-4,500 FCFA / meal / per person (lunch or dinner).
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