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Last verified: Monday, 28. September 2020 at 07:18 AM

Benin Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Benin

Local Situation: 4.0 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Benin. We detected travel advisories from 4 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.9 / 5

Benin shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Benin), the Advisory Index is 3.9 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Niger (4.1), Togo (4), Burkina Faso with 3.9 and Nigeria with 3.7 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Benin

There are currently 2,340 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Benin. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 40 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Benin.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

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 4.0 out of 5.0.

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: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/benin

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

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

Advisory issued by: United States

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Reconsider travel to Benin due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Benin due to COVID-19.  Benin has resumed most transportation options ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/benin-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

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

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

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

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Visas to enter Benin are restricted. You're only allowed to enter or exit Benin if it is an 'extreme necessity’. If you enter by air, you'll be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense. If you're sick, you may be quarantined in a government-designated hotel for 14 days at your own expense. You must also undergo testing if you're ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/benin

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 August 7th 2020

The total rating for Benin changed from 3.3 to 4.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Benin to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +3.0).

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Benin changed from 3.0 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for Benin to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Benin changed from 2.5 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Benin to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Benin to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 16th 2020

The total rating for Benin changed from 2.0 to 2.5. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Benin with a rating of 4.0.

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.

Industries

  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 4,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 4 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Benin.

Is it safe to travel Benin in 2020?

The score is rather high (4,0) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Benin. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Benin?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 4 individual sources for Benin.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Benin?

There are currently 2,340 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Benin. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 40 officially reported deaths related to this disease in 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.