Travel to Benin

Benin: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Tourists from EU countries need a valid passport, a visa and a return ticket to enter Benin. A valid yellow fever vaccination must be proven when entering from a yellow fever infection area.

Issuing of visas in Germany

Embassy of the Republic of Benin

Englerallee 23

14195 Berlin

Tel: 0049 (0) 30 – 236 347

Fax: 0049 (0) 30 – 236 31 4740

Import and export of foreign currency

Local currency

There are no restrictions on the import of local currency. The export of the local currency is unrestricted for EU citizens, citizens of other countries must declare the amounts exported and, if necessary, provide proof of origin.

Foreign currencies

The import of foreign currencies is not subject to any restrictions, but must be declared. The export of foreign currencies is limited to the equivalent of 100,000 CFA Fr.

Import and export of goods

The following articles can be imported into Benin duty-free:

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 25 cigars or 250 g tobacco

1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of spirits

500 ml eau de toilette and 250 ml perfume.

Benin: travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings

Infectious Diseases

In Benin, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria: There is a risk of infection with malaria nationwide and all year round. About 85% of the infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Schistosomiasis: There is a risk of infection nationwide.
  • cholera
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Filariasis
  • Yellow fever
  • Guinea worm infection
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Polio, polio
  • Sleeping sickness
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • typhus
  • Tick bite fever

Vaccination recommendations

  • Diphtheria – a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio, polio – vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Tetanus – a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Rabies – but only for high-risk travelers who can come into contact with the vector animals.
  • Typhoid – but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most people in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007. There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge. Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis. As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens Service

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Benin: arrival and transport

How do you get to Benin?

As a rule, the quickest and cheapest way to get to Benin is by plane.


Direct flights from Europe to Cotonou are only available from Paris.


There is also a ship connection between Marseille and Cotonou. Ships from local shipping companies connect Lagos with Porto Novo.


Up to now there are no rail connections to the neighboring countries, but a connection between Parakou and Niamey in Niger is under construction.

Car, bus

The three main roads connect Cotonou with Niamey in Niger, Lagos in Nigeria with Porto Novo, Cotonou with Lomé in Togo and Accra in Ghana and Parakou with Kara in Togo. Two more roads lead to Burkina Faso.

Travel in the country


There are buses on the main streets of Benin. In addition, so-called bush taxis (taxi brousse) with 6 to 9 seats operate between the individual cities, but they only start when they are fully occupied.

Roads, rental cars

The roads are in relatively good condition, the larger ones are mostly paved. Unpaved roads are only passable in the dry season. There are several rental car companies in Cotonou. You can also rent cars or minibuses with a driver. An international driver’s license is required.


The railway network covers about 600 km. Trains run daily from Cotonou to Pobé, Ouidah and Parakou.

Flight connections

There are domestic air connections between Cotonou and Parakou, Natitingou, Djougon and Kandi. Two-seater planes can also be chartered.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Benin’s international license plate is:


Benin: Currency, Shopping, and Exchange Rates

The national currency of Benin is the

CFA Franc, 1 CFA Franc = 100 Centimes.

Benin is part of the West African Economic and Monetary Union. The ISO 4217 code of the Franc CFA here is XOF.

The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 10,000,
  • 5,000,
  • 2,000
  • 1,000 and
  • 500 XOF

The CFA franc (Communanté Financiére Africaine) is the currency in 14 African countries that were usually French colonies in the past: Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Chad, Central African Republic, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Côte d’Ivoite, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. It is tied to the euro.

Exchange rate

The exchange rate of the euro and the CFA franc is always the same as the CFA franc is pegged to the euro (it was pegged to the franc before the euro was introduced). For countries that belong to the West African Economic and Monetary Union, the exchange rate is:

1 Euro (€) = 655.957 CFA francs (XOF)

Bank opening times

Banks in Benin are usually open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.


Shop opening times

The larger shops in Benin are usually open during the week and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The small shops on the streets are mostly open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 10 p.m.

Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs

In Benin, a wide variety of decorative arts items such as wood carvings (masks and small statues), bronze work, tapestries, basketry, drums, ceramics as well as glass jewelry and batiks are available.

Benin: embassies, consulates and tourist office

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Benin embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Benin in Germany

The building of the Embassy of Benin is located on Englerallee – at the corner of Rohlfsstrasse in the Berlin district of Dahlem in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district. The building is a very beautiful villa surrounded by a larger garden.

In the immediate vicinity of the embassy there is a bus stop for bus routes 101 and N 3 – where the N stands for night bus. The parking situation in the vicinity of the embassy can be regarded as favorable, so that nothing prevents a visit by car in this regard.

Embassy of the Republic of Benin in Berlin

Englerallee 23

14195 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 2363 1470

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 2363 1474 0

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Benin in Munich

Tengstrasse 27

80798 Munich

Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 2729 3125

Fax: 0049 – (0) 89 – 2729 3120

Responsible for Bavaria

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Benin in Saarbrücken

Puccinistraße 2 66119 Saarbrücken

Tel: 0049 – (0) 681- 926 5613

Fax: 0049 – (0) 681 – 525 565

Responsible for Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse

German representations in Benin

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

7 Avenue Jean Paul II


Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne

BP 504, Cotonou


Tel: 00229 – (0) 21 – 312 967

00229 – (0) 21 – 312 968

Fax: 00229 – (0) 21 – 312 962

00229 – (0) 21 – 314 121


Austrian representations in Benin


The Federal Republic of Austria does not have an embassy in Benin, but is represented by an honorary consulate. The embassy in Nigeria is responsible

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in Nigeria

Plot 9, Usuma Street

Maitama – Abuja

Tel: 00234 – 706 – 418 3226

Fax: 00234 – 9 – 461 2715


The Austrian embassy in Nigeria is still responsible for:

  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Chad
  • Togo
  • Central African Republic

Honorary Consulate in Cotonou

Benin Cotonou Residence Fadoul C/00628A Les Cocotiers

Tel: 00229 – (0) 21 – 2130 9890

Fax: 00229 – (0) 21 – 2130 9888


Representations of Benin in Austria

Benin does not have an embassy in Austria, but is represented by an honorary consulate. The embassy in Geneva is responsible.

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Benin in Vienna

Burggasse 60

1070 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 523 9300

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 526 1705


Swiss representations in Benin

SDC cooperation office and consular agency Cotonou

Lot. K16

Quartier Les Cocotiers



Bureau de la coopération suisse DDC et Agence consulaire

BP 08-0123



Tel: 00229 – (0) 21 – 301 468

00229 – (0) 21 – 300 578

00229 – (0) 21 – 300 806

Fax: 00229 – (0) 21 – 300 896


Representations of Benin in Switzerland

Embassy of the Republic of Benin in Geneva

Chemin du Petit-Saconnex 28

1209 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 906 8460

Fax: 0041 – (0) 22 – 906 8461


Tourist office

Tourist office of the Espace Entente

(Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Togo)

Tempelhofer Weg 2

12099 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 6830 2193

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 685 7405

Email: berlin.

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