Benin travel advice

Explore our complete guide to Benin with the latest travel advice for travellers and holidaymakers including official updates and local travel tips for Benin.

Benin travel guide - essential info

Below is a beginner's guide to Benin with essential travel facts such as dominant language spoken, typical flight time from the UK and the local currency. You can also check whether visas are required and what plug adapter you need to pack.

Benin - quick facts
Time difference UK +1 hour
Language(s) French
Currency West African CFA Franc
Electricity C + E plug (220V)
Driving side Right
Visa Yes

Why visit Benin?

Considering a holiday to the Benin? Here are some of the very good reasons it makes such a wonderful holiday destination be it for culture or nature to ensure you get the most out of your 2024/2025 escape.

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Benin weather

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Benin travel advice

Check the latest travel advice on visiting Benin from official government sources (in english) from around the world including entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Learn more about the current safety and security risks from terrorism, natural disasters and more. Read about the local laws and customs to consider when travelling around Benin.

Note: UK FCDO - UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

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Benin travel health

Find out more about staying safe when travelling to Benin with the latest guidance on required vaccinations and recommended medication to take with you.

Check out the general travel tips for staying safe and healthy in Benin, risks of preventable diseases and what to pack.

Note: CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Benin covid live updates

Check the latest live updates on Covid-19 in Benin with the vaccination requirements, current available statistics and up-to-date travel advice from government agencies.

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Benin travel features

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Benin FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about travelling to Benin including the current entry restrictions, covid rules, driving side, electrical plugs used and much more.

Are there entry restrictions to Benin due to Covid-19?

Benin is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for Benin.

Check out Ministry of Health, Benin for more information.

Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from Benin?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from Benin. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

What is the time difference between Benin and the UK?

The time difference between Benin and the UK is UK time+1 hour.

What is the main language spoken in Benin?

The main language spoken in Benin is French.

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What is the currency in Benin?

The currency in Benin is the West African CFA Franc (XOF).

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Which plugs are used in Benin?

Benin uses electrical plug type C + E (220 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Benin?

They drive on the right side of the road in Benin.

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Do you need a visa for Benin?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Benin.

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