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Benin

If you’re travelling to Benin, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Entry requirements (visa/passport)
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

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Overview

Security Status

Avoid Non-Essential Travel. 

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

We advise against all travel to the North of the country, including the national parks of Pendjari and the W. The security situation is worsening in the region and terrorist attack cannot be ruled out in Benin.

We suggest to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

COVID-19 Status

Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Benin and the authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Entry and exit at border crossings is extremely limited and authorised in liaison with neighbouring countries. Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport has heightened screening measures in place for visitors arriving in Benin. Reinforced measures are in place to quarantine people who are believed to have COVID-19. Quarantine in allocated hotels is mandatory for all passengers arriving in Benin via air. Foreign nationals are required to cover their own costs of quarantine. Quarantine areas are guarded by defence and security forces to ensure that quarantine regulations are adhered to.

The Benin authorities are encouraging those with any information or concerns about coronavirus to call these numbers: +229 95 36 11 07, +229 51 02 00 00 or +229 51 04 00 00.

You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider on the impact on any existing travel plans.

Emergency assistance

Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Benin, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria or our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for safe travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities..
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Terrorism

The security deterioration in Burkina Faso and Mali increases an existing terrorist risk in the whole region. In May 2019, two western tourists have been kidnapped by armed groups in the Pendjari National Park.

Political Situation

The situation remains volatile after violent protests related to the legislative elections which took place in April 2019. We suggest to exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations.

Practical advice

  • get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may been seen as improper, hostile or maybe even illegal.

Health

Health

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Vaccinations

Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can't advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.

Evidence of vaccination (in the form of a certificate) can be a requirement for entry to some countries.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your description in case you lose your medication.

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Benin and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

If your passport is lost or stolen while you’re abroad, we can help.

What we can do:

  • Issue you a replacement passport that will let you finish your trip, or;
  • Issue you with an emergency travel document to get you home.

We’ll do our best to help you as quickly as possible but this can take some time. Your location and circumstances may limit the help we can give you. As Ireland does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Benin there may be additional complications in processing and application for a new passport.

You should contact the Irish Embassy in Abuja in Nigeria to find out what you need to do to apply for a passport. They will also be able to advise you on the fees which apply.

Our advice

Ireland doesn’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Benin so we can’t verify detailed travel advice to ensure that it’s accurate, appropriate and up to date. However, we encourage you to conduct your own research and to read these links to travel advice from other foreign ministries:

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Irish citizens who require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed can contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs on +353 1 408 2000.

The Duty Officer will refer the matter to the Embassy.

Embassy of Ireland
11 Negro Crescent
Maitama District
Abuja
Nigeria

Tel: +234 9 462 1080
Fax: + 234 9 4131805

Monday 09:00 to 16:00, Friday 09:00 to 12:00

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