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Last verified: Thursday, 21. November 2019 at 07:21 AM

Benin Travel Advisory


Warning Level Icon Travelling Benin is (relatively) safe

Local Situation: 2.0 / 5

Travelling Benin is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 3 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.0 / 5

Benin shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Benin), the Advisory Index is 3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Niger (4.1), Burkina Faso (3.6), Nigeria with 3 and Togo with 2.3 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Benin

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Benin.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Benin from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel To: Park Pendjari, Park W and adjacent hunting zones, and other areas near Benin’s northern border with Burkina Faso, due to terrorism and kidnapping. Exercise Increased Caution In: Urban areas due to crime. Read the Safety and Security ...


Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)


Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Individual rating changes for Benin

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Benin. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Benin changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Benin with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Benin with a rating of 2.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Benin with a rating of 1.0.

About Benin

Benin with its capital Porto-Novo is a country in Africa (Western Africa), slightly smaller than Pennsylvania (112,620 km²). The country is located Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Benin, between Nigeria and Togo. The climate can be described as tropical; hot, humid in south; semiarid in north. The landscape is mostly flat to undulating plain; some hills and low mountains. With a population of about 8.29 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Porto-Novo
Population about 8.29 million
Size 112.620 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Pennsylvania
Common languages French
Currency Franc (short: XOF)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +229
Internet Top Level Domain .bj
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 BJ
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 BEN
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 204

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Benin is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • inadequate supplies of potable water
  • poaching threatens wildlife populations

Natural hazzards

  • hot, dry, dusty harmattan wind may affect north from December to March

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Benin. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.


  1. cement
  2. construction materials
  3. food processing
  4. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. beans
  2. cashews
  3. cassava
  4. corn
  5. cotton
  6. livestock
  7. manioc
  8. palm oil
  9. peanuts
  10. tapioca

Beninese Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Benin.

Export products

  1. cashews
  2. cotton
  3. palm products
  4. seafood
  5. shea butter
  6. textiles

Import products

  1. capital goods
  2. foodstuffs
  3. petroleum products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Benin?

Benin is currently rated at 2,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 3 official sources. Travelling Benin is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Benin in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Benin.

How many travel advisories do you know for Benin?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 3 individual sources for Benin.

What is the size of Benin?

Benin has a size of 112,620 km² or 43,483 mi² which is slightly smaller than Pennsylvania.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.