Here you will find important tips and useful information for Benin.
Swiss Bankers Travel is not accepted in this country.
in local currency
For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
Local currency / ISO Code
West CFA franc XOF
Currency exchange rate
XOF 100 = ~ CHF 0.20 ; CHF 1 = ~ XOF 500.00 (07/2020)
Credit cards are rarely accepted. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
Travelers are advised to take cash in euro (EUR).
Prior to leaving the country, it is advisable to spend local banknotes or to exchange them back into hard currency.
Exchanging XOF in Switzerland may cause problems and result in considerable exchange loss.
+/- 0 h; - 1 h during our summer time
Porto-Novo and Cotonou
00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
220 volt / adapter recommended
Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
Cotonou, Bureau de la coopération suisse DDC et Agence consulaire
Lot. K16, Quartier Les Cocotiers
Tel.: +229 21 30 14 68 / +229 21 30 05 78 / +229 21 30 08 06
8.00 - 12.00 and 15.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.30 h (Sat)
International driver's license required.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
Vaccination against yellow fever mandatory.
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Take customary safety precautions and avoid nighttime driving.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Watch out for pickpockets in Contonou.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Special legal regulations
Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.
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