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:
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 and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes.
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to the Risk Indicators and Level 2 and 3 areas.