Benin Travel Information
The possibility of traveling in and out of the
country is very limited or impossible. For more
information about coronavirus and entry/exit, see
The crime that affects tourists is usually
money-motivated, in the form of theft and armed robbery,
but it is mostly safe to travel in the country. Events
happen both daytime and evening. Travelers are
encouraged to take reasonable precautions and to show
particular care in choosing a place of residence and
location. Luggage should be kept under close supervision
at airports, bus stations etc.
Benin is not particularly prone to natural disasters,
but during the rainy season (May - October) the amount
of rainfall can be so strong that floods occur,
especially in northern Benin.
Elsewhere in the country, there can be so heavy
rainfall that roads are flooded and air traffic is
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians must have a visa to Benin, but this is
easily applied for online and a visa is received upon
arrival at the airport in Cotonou. It cannot be expected
that visas can be obtained at the border crossing.
Otherwise, a visa can be applied for, for example.
Benin's embassy in Denmark. This should be done well in
advance of departure. Access to longer work stays in
Benin must be checked with the employer or the client.
- Countryaah: Porto-Novo is the capital
of Benin. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The virus
has been detected in Benin . The health
services in the country are generally weak and have poor
capacity, even in the big cities.
As of March 23, the possibility of traveling in and
out of Benin is very limited. In a few days it will
probably be almost impossible to travel in and out of
the country. The possibility of health care is very
limited or non-existent. The ability of the Embassy
(Nigeria) to provide consular assistance is very
Follow local authorities' advice, guidance and
instructions on how to deal with the situation,
including restrictions on entry and exit and rules on
arrival from abroad. Relevant information can be found
on the Benin authorities' websites.
Authorities also provide information through local
media and it may be necessary to contact the airline in
advance of departure.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Normally, yellow fever vaccine is required for entry.
Other travel vaccines are recommended and should be
checked by a doctor. Prevention tablets for malaria are
recommended. For more on current travel vaccines, check
the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
It is recommended to boil and filter water and wash
fruits and vegetables in chlorine solution or similar.
HIV virus is widespread. There are private clinics of
acceptable standard for treating the most common
diseases in the big cities. Hospitals abroad are
recommended for more serious cases. Therefore, it is
important to have good travel insurance. There are
restaurants of acceptable standard in the larger cities.
There is generally no need to pay special attention
to local customs and clothing, beyond normal respectful
behavior. It is recommended that visiting women in
Muslim areas in the north dress in half-length or long
skirts or trousers. It should be taken into account
during religious holidays.
There are severe penalties for crime and drug
Common administrative and national languages are
French, which is mastered by most. However, the local
varieties of French can be difficult to understand for a
first-time visitor. There are also a large number of
other languages in Benin. The local main languages
are fon, yoruba, dendi, bariba and gen.
There is 220 volt AC power. Voltage varies greatly
and power outages occur frequently. There is mobile
coverage in most of the country, at least in urban areas
and along the busiest roads. However, the mobile network
is overloaded, and it is often difficult to arrive.
Banks and public offices normally open at. 8 or 7
p.m. 9 and usually closes between 9 p.m. 3 pm and 3 pm
17. Shops are often open until late at night and
Benin mainly has a cash-based economy, and the use of
credit cards is generally only possible at the major
hotels in Porto Novo and Cotonou. However, the use of
credit cards is not recommended due to. the danger of
Norway and Benin are in the same time zone (GMT +1),
but when it is summer time in Norway there is an hour
time difference (Norway an hour ahead).
Climate; dry season November - March and rainy season
April - October.
Public transport is not recommended. Car hire with
driver is possible and should be booked in advance via