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All visitors to Benin require a visa, except those who come from the Economic Community of West African States. Travelers are required to have a valid passport with no less than one year of validity remaining from the time of entering the country. Visas cannot be obtained from Cadjehoun International Airport in Cotonou so those travelers entering through this gateway will need to organize a visa prior to arrival. A visa can, however, be obtained when making a border crossing overland.

Health and Safety

Any traveler entering Benin is required to provide proof of yellow fever immunization. Checks may be done on arrival so make sure to keep your certificate handy. Travelers should consider receiving immunization against the following conditions: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and meningococcal (especially if traveling November to June).

Prescriptions and medical facilities are limited, especially in the remote areas. It is strongly advised that travel insurance be taken out before departure and that any specialized medication is brought along in sufficient quantity for the duration of your trip.

Benin is known for petty crimes that are normally associated with the tourist industry, including pick pocketing and muggings. Visitors to Southern Benin should be especially cautious as crime is more prevalent in this region. In large centers like Cotonou, it is best not to walk alone at night and to call a taxi. Benin also has a high rate of credit card and ATM fraud, so never let your credit card out of sight and withdraw cash inside established banks.

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