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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
  • Embassy Contact


General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >


Security Status

Avoid Non-Essential Travel. 

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.

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us on Twitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

Travel to Benin

All passengers arriving and departing Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport are required to:

  1. Undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing at their own expense. Testing for children under five years old is free of charge.
  2. Complete an online Health Form

The official requirements for arriving and departing to and from Benin is available here

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 who test positive for COVID-19. 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.

General Travel Advice 

The Benin authorities are encouraging those with any information or concerns about COVID-19 to call these numbers:

  • +229 95 36 11 07
  •  +229 51 02 00 00
  • +229 51 04 00 00

Safety and Security

Safety and Security


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.



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.


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.


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

Entry requirements (visa/passport)


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


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

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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