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Benin Travel Tips and Information

Benin Travel Tips and Information

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Official NameRepublic of Benin
Population10.7 million
Country CodeBJ
Country Code (international calls)229

The flight time to Benin is approximately 14 hours. Check the climate, currency, religion, manners, other information of Benin below. Wishing you pleasant travels to Benin.

Benin is one of the smallest countries in West Africa. Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Togo border Benin.

Visa and Immigration Procedures to Benin

Nationals of all African countries may enter Benin visa-free for up to 90 days. l other visitors to Benin must obtain a visa from a Beninese diplomatic mission prior to arrival. Passengers transiting through Benin may stay at the airport without a visa if their flight from Benin is within 24 hours. Passengers with an onward ticket may obtain a transit visa for 48 hours in Benin.

Things/Items Allowed into Benin

Passengers to Benin may import up to 200 individual cigarettes, 25 cigars, 250 grams of tobacco, 1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of spirits.

Things/Items Forbidden out of Benin

・Live Animals

Things/Items Forbidden into Benin

・Domestic Pets without Certifications ・Narcotics ・Weapons

Voice of Travelers to Benin

Aboard Westair Benin

We took a trip with Westair Benin from Congo to Burkina Faso, with a layover in Benin. Our ticket agent suggested we get a transit visa to see the capital of Benin, Cotonou. We have never flown with an African airline, so flying aboard Westair Benin was quite an experience. When we purchased the ticket, we asked for vegetarian meals, and they delivered. Benin is a small country and Cotonou is a rather modern city. We used some public transportation and purchased a ticket for the bus to travel around. We would love to return to Benin again, this time for a longer stay.

Our trip to Benin

We took part in a Peace Corps Program in Benin. The organization took care of a return ticket, accommodation, as well as a visa to Benin. We flew to Benin with Fly Dubai which offered mediocre service. Our accomodations were pleasant, however. After we landed, the organization's representative took us to Benin's capital, Cotonou. We eventually changed the original return ticket from Benin to an onward ticket through Morocco. On our way back from Benin, we stopped over in Casablanca for a few nights. For this reason, we contacted a Moroccan ticket agency, which issued us a ticket with Air Maroc. The flight out of Benin was a pleasant one, as was our entire African experience.

Benin Travel FAQs

Q. What is the climate like in Benin?

A. The weather is warm and dry from November to February and the conditions are best for safaris and wildlife viewing. March to May is hot and dry, while June to October is hot, humid and rainy in the north of the country. The rainy season in the south is May to October.

Benin - Direct Flights to Major Airports

Airports handling direct flights toCotonou Cadjehoun Airport・Casablanca International Airport ・Istanbul-Ataturk Airport ・Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport   etc.

Flight Routes to Benin

Direct flights to Benin are operated by various international carriers from countries such as Turkey, France, and Belgium. Benin's main airport is in Cotonou, the capital of Benin. Domestic flights within Benin are operated by COTAIR, while national carrier Westair Benin operates flights from Benin to other West African countries. In order to enter the country, you will need proof that you have had a yellow fever shot, and this will need to be readily available at the airport.