Benin Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
May 23, 2019

Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions


Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19

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 section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Benin:

Park Pendjari, Park W and Adjacent Hunting Zones – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in areas of Burkina Faso adjacent to Benin’s northern border, near Parks Pendjari and W and adjacent hunting zones. Attacks may occur with little or no warning. Western tourists have been kidnapped in Park Pendjari, in northern Benin.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Benin’s northern border areas. U.S. government employees are prohibited from personal travel and must obtain special authorization for official travel to Parks Pendjari and W and all adjacent hunting zones, and other areas within 50 km of Benin’s northern border with Burkina Faso.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Urban Areas – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. 

Last Update: Reissued with update to Level 3 information

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Cotonou
Marina Avenue
01 BP 2012 Cotonou, Benin
+(229) 21-30-75-00
+(229) 21-30-75-00
+(229) 21-30-66-82

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