Benin Practical Information


Visitors wishing to travel to Benin are subject to a visa requirement. They must have a valid passport, a return ticket and a vaccination record attesting to the vaccine against yellow fever.
The Beninese government implemented an “electronic visa” on April 23, 2018. Visa applications can now be made online (“e-Visa”).

For more information on how to obtain visas and the documents to provide, please contact the Beninese representation closest to your place of residence.


Vaccines against yellow fever and DT-polio booster are compulsory. The vaccine against meningitis and typhoid is recommended.
A preventive treatment against malaria and a mosquito repellent special to tropical areas are necessary.

Note: the international vaccination certificate can be requested upon arrival at the airport.

Following the global pandemic, Covid measures and tests can be applied from your country of origin and in your country of destination. Please consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Driving License

Local and international driving licenses are required. However, it is highly recommended to travel with a local driver.

Jet lag

Benin Standard Time is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Benin is in the West Africa Time Zone (WAT).


Benin uses the FCFA
1 Euro (€) = 656,42 CFA
1 Dollar (USD) = 555,60 CFA

There are offices or banks where travellers can exchange money. In large cities, it is also possible to withdraw money from banks with international Visa credit cards.


220 Volts; 50 Hz

Depending on your country of origin, it is recommended to travel with an adapter. More info here.


Goun, Yoruba, Adja,…Wespeak 56 languages and French is the official language.

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