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Benin

Benin: At a glance

Capital: Porto-Novo

Population: 11.18 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 229112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Benin: Travel Health Information

Benin is known for its wildlife parks, coastal beaches, and bustling cities. Visitors can see lions and elephants in the wild in the Pendjari National Park and explore markets in Cotonou.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Benin may differ from your home country. Benin has a public healthcare system. However, the system is under-funded and medical care does not meet international standards. Although the country is large, there are only four hospitals and access to care is extremely limited. Hospitals in Benin are also under-staffed, so wait times for care may be long.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Benin typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Benin.

Pharmacies and medications

Many medications that may require a prescription in your home country can be purchased over-the-counter in Benin. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new medication. Be cautious of counterfeit medications, which are common in Benin. Only purchase medicine from licensed pharmacies in large urban areas.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Benin’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Benin’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Most roads other than the main road in Benin are generally unpaved and in poor condition. Potholes and slippery surfaces when raining may pose a risk to drivers.



Benin: At a glance

Capital: Porto-Novo

Population: 11.18 million

Official language: French

Time zone: West Africa Standard Time

Emergency #: 229112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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