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Travel Advisory: Benin – Level 1 (Exercise normal precautions)

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Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.                  

Exercise increased caution in:

  • Urban areas due to crime.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Benin:

  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Exercise caution visiting beaches. Travel in groups to reduce the risk of robbery.
  • Avoid travel between cities at night.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Benin.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Urban areas

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crimes.