Benin

Travel information, guide and need to know information for Benin including flight Information, when to go, visa requirements, health advice, government travel advice, travel news, recommended books and maps, money matters, getting around and other essential travel information.

Map of Benin

Events in Benin

Event Occurs Description
National Voodoo Day January Energetic and colourful National Voodoo Day celebrations held annually in the seaside town of Ouidah in Benin.

Plugs and Electric in Benin

Electricity

Voltage

220 V

Frequency

50 Hz

Plug

Two round pin plug and receptacle with a male grounding pin.

Flights in Benin

There is no network of domestic flights, however you may be able to charter a small plane if required.

No domestic flight information currently available.

Flights from the UK to Benin

All international flights arrive in Cotonou.

Air France flights from United Kingdom to Benin

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Air France operate flights from London via Paris to Cotonou, flying time approximately 8 1/2 hours depending on connections.

Benin Culture and Traditions

Benin is the birthplace of Vodun (Voodoo) and all that goes with it—to this day Voodun remains the official religion of the country, and an important part of the life of ordinary Beniners. Also there are over fifty different linguistic groups and almost as many ethnicities in Benin. Greetings may differ greatly between them, especially in tribal and rural areas.

Weather in Benin

Benin’s climate is hot and humid. Annual rainfall in the coastal area averages 36 cm. (14 in.), not particularly high for coastal West Africa. Benin has two rainy and two dry seasons. The principal rainy season is from April to late July, with a shorter less intense rainy period from late September to November. The main dry season is from December to April, with a short cooler dry season from late July to early September. Temperatures and humidity are high along the tropical coast. In Cotonou, the average maximum temperature is 31 °C (89 °F); the minimum is 24 °C (75 °F).

Seasonality

The best time to visit the Southern area is from December to March and July/August while the visiting period for the Northern part of the country is best between December and April.

Best Time to Visit Benin

To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.

Money Advice for Benin

Local Currency

CFA Franc BCEAO (XOF)

General Advice

Notes are available in 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1.  The West African CFA can be used in several other West African Countries, it is not compatible with the Central African CFA and is directly linked to the Euro.

Money Exchange

Currency can be exchanged at hotels and banks.

ATM Availability

ATM machines are available in the major banks in Cotonou. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards are only accepted in larger establishments and should not be relied on.

Entry Requirements for Benin

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
Canada A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
Denmark A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
Ireland A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
Netherlands A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
New Zealand A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
South Africa A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
United States A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. Visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
United Kingdom A visa is required. All passports must be valid for six months & have 2 clear pages available. It is advisable to obtain your visa before departure. YOU WILL NEED: One application form, two passport size photographs and your passport to apply. This visa takes one day to be issued and is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. VISA FEES: Single entry with stays up to 15 days £45.00 Single entry with stays up to 30 days £55.00 Single entry with stays up to 90 days £65.00

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

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