Official Travel Advice for Benin
Summary - change to advise against travel; the FCO now advise against all travel to the Pendjari National Park and adjacent hunting grounds; the area between the Parc du W National Park and the border with Niger; and to all other areas within 5km of the border with Burkina Faso ; Safety and security (Local travel) – addition of information on risk of kidnapping
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Parc du W and the contiguous hunting zones of Meêkrou and Djona. The Parc is tri-national and shares an open border with Burkina Faso and Niger. There is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout the Parc. See Terrorism
The FCO advise against all travel to the Pendjari National Park and adjacent hunting grounds; the area between the Parc du W National Park and the border with Niger; and to all other areas within 5km of the border with Burkina Faso.
The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the area between the Interstate Highway (RNIE) 2 (Tchaourou to Malanville) and the Nigerian border, due to increasing criminality in that area.
Two French tourists and their Beninese guide were reported missing from Pendjari National Park on Wednesday 1 May. The local authorities have confirmed that a body found on 4 May is that of the guide. There are reports that the abandoned car has also been found across the border in Burkina Faso. You should exercise increased caution if travelling in this area.
There were violent protests and at least two deaths related to the legislative elections which took place on Sunday 28 April. Whilst order has now been restored in Cotonou, the situation remains volatile. You should exercise caution and avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations and listen to advice from the media and local authorities. See Safety and security
Terrorist attacks in Benin can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate. You should be vigilant, especially in places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. Consular support is limited in Benin. The Honorary Consular Agent in Benin can offer limited consular assistance. British nationals should contact the British High Commission Accra in Ghana who can provide consular support.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Benin
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 209,000 in 2011
Largest City: Cotonou