Benin

Entry virtually impossible or very difficult. Test required.
Quarantine is not required.

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What is the COVID situation in Benin?

0 New COVID cases in Benin
0 New COVID deaths in Benin
% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 3, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Basic facts about Benin

Benin is a small country located in Western Africa. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo and the most spoken language is French. The national currency in Benin is West African CFA franc (XOF).

What taxi apps are available in Benin?

Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Benin. However, there may be also other local taxi apps available there.

Practical information

West African CFA franc (XOF)Official currency
1 EUR~657.31 XOF
1 USD~581 XOF

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

What socket types are used in Benin?

There are 2 common plug types used in Benin:

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type E 220 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Benin?

Currently, citizens of 55 countries can enter Benin without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

What are visa requirements to enter Benin?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Benin.

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Is it safe in Benin?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On November 30, 2021, the risk level for Benin was changed to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Emergency phones in Benin

117 Police
118 Ambulance
118 Fire police

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