Foreign travel advice

Benin

Summary

There is an underlying threat from terrorism; you should be vigilant after recent attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso See Terrorism.

There’s no British Embassy in Benin. If you need consular assistance you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. See Consular assistance

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Before you send an email, make sure you have read the travel advice for the country you’re travelling to, and the guidance on how the FCO puts travel advice together.

Voodoo Day is a public holiday celebrated annually by the majority of Benin’s population in early January and thousands of people descend on the seaside city of Ouidah. Make sure you’ve arranged suitable travel and accommodation as options are limited during the festival. Take necessary the usual precautions and watch out for pickpockets. See Local laws and customs