Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Reconsider Travel To:
Exercise Increased Caution In:
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.
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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