Benin Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
March 6, 2019

Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions


Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • The northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.
  • Parc W due to terrorism.

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:

Northern Border Region and Parc W – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in areas of Burkina Faso adjacent to Benin’s northern border and to Parc W. Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Benin’s northern border areas. Because of security concerns, U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to Parc W and to locations within 5 kilometers of Benin’s 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, is common.

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to the Risk Indicators and Level 2 and 3 areas.

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

Benin Map