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Travel Advisory: Benin - Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions)

Africa > Benin

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


Reconsider Travel To:

  • Park Pendjari, Park W and adjacent hunting zones due to terrorism and kidnapping.


    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.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Keep a low profile.



Park Pendjari, Park W and Adjacent Hunting Zones – Level 3: Reconsider Travel


Extremist groups have carried out attacks in areas of Burkina Faso adjacent to Benin’s northern border, near Parks Pendjari and W and adjacent hunting zones.  Attacks may occur with little or no warning.  Western tourists have been kidnapped in Park Pendjari, in northern Benin. 


The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Benin’s northern border areas.  U.S. government employees are prohibited from personal travel and must obtain special authorization for official travel to Parks Pendjari and W and all adjacent hunting zones.


Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.



Urban Areas – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common.