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Stay Safe & Healthy in Benin

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Stay Safe in Benin

The easiest method to remain safe in Benin is to always be in the company of a local you can trust, such as a friend or a professional tourist guide. They know which places are safe and which are not, they know how much things cost so you don’t get ripped off, they speak the local languages, and they know which restaurants provide excellent cuisine that is safe for westerners to eat. Avoid traveling alone as much as possible for ladies, and aim to be in the company of other people as much as feasible. Do not go alone at night: assaults on beaches are common, as are attacks near hotels, nightclubs, and other places. If you are alone at night, ignore anybody who whistles at you. Benin is a calm nation, and the people are extremely friendly and giving, but muggings and robberies happen anywhere, no matter how tranquil it seems, so be cautious. If you are a victim of a crime, notify the Gendarme (Police) as soon as possible.

Homosexuality is legal in Benin, although societal stigma may create difficulties. It’s best not to flaunt it and to avoid casually discussing it with locals.

Stay Healthy in Benin

Keep an eye on what you eat and drink, as well as where you eat and drink it. If you consume street food, make sure it is served extremely hot, since germs cannot survive in hot food. E.coli bacteria present in undercooked meat is one of the most frequent causes of illness. Drinking water is easily accessible, and bottled water is available from “Possatome,” a natural spring water bottled in the city of the same name. It’s really excellent and costs about 500 CFA each bottle. The tap water in Cotonou is safe to drink, although it has been treated with chlorine, which some individuals may be sensitive to. Malaria is a fact of life in Benin. Mosquitoes are active from night until morning, and they reproduce in standing water. Medications are only accessible with a prescription. The only mandatory vaccine required for entry into the country is for Yellow Fever. Customs officers at the airport usually do not check to see whether you have it, but it is highly recommended that you get it before entering for your own safety. Along with polio, hepatitis A and B vaccinations, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Lock Jaw, Rabies, and all other routine children immunizations (as per Canadian public school standards). AIDS is a problem in Benin, as it is in other Sub-Saharan African nations; if you are in a sexual connection with a Beninese partner, you should wear a condom. Other dangers associated with unprotected sex are the same as in any other nation, developed or not: syphilis, chlamydia, HPV, and so on. If you are planning a trip to Benin, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you consult with a doctor that specializes in travel medicine. Inquire with your family doctor or a public health nurse about the location of a travel clinic in your region. If feasible, visit them approximately 6 months before your trip to Benin. This material is intended to be a guide and should not be construed as an expert description of how to remain healthy in Benin; such knowledge can only be provided by a qualified health practitioner.

How To Travel To Benin

By plane The primary airport in Cotonou receives a large number of foreign aircraft. From here, you may fly to Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, and a number of West African destinations. To enter the country, you must provide evidence of a yellow fever vaccination, which must be readily accessible at the...

How To Travel Around Benin

By bus There is a very punctual and dependable bus system that runs a tour-style bus through every major city in Benin every day, as well as certain international services in and out of Benin. There are many main routes with buses of varying quality. Confort Lines and Benin-Routes are...

Destinations in Benin

Regions in Benin Northern BeninTribes and arid landscapes Southern BeninThe coastline, the capital, and the most of the attractions Cities in Benin Porto-Novo — Porto-Novo is the capital, at least in name.Abomey — The Royal Palaces of Abomey are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.Cotonou — Cotonou is Benin's biggest city...

Things To See in Benin

Benin is probably best known to the rest of the world as the home of the Vodun religion, or voodoo. There are voodoo temples, roadside fetishes, and fetish markets all throughout the nation, but the most well-known is the skull and skin-filled fetish market in the Grande Marche du...

Money & Shopping in Benin

Benin uses the West African CFA franc (XOF). Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo also use it. While technically distinct from the Central African CFA franc (XAF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par in all CFA franc (XAF & XOF)-using nations. The French treasury...

Food & Drinks in Benin

Food in Benin Street sellers offer anything from beans and rice to grilled chicken, goat, and/or turkey in every city/village. Prices are negotiable. But be cautious; always pick a seller whose food is still hot and whose dishes have been kept covered with a lid and/or cloth. Kuli-KuliBoulets de Poulet avec...

Language & Phrasebook in Benin

The official language is French, the previous colonial power's language. Fon and Yoruba are spoken in the south, Bariba and Dendi in the north, and over 50 additional African languages and dialects are spoken across the nation. English is becoming more popular. Local languages are utilized as the primary language...

Culture Of Benin

Arts Long before French became the main language, Beninese literature had a rich oral history. L'Esclave, the first Beninese book, was written in 1929 by Félix Couchoro. Following independence, the country's music culture was lively and creative, with local folk music blending with Ghanaian highlife, French cabaret, American rock, funk and...

History of Benin

Precolonial history Benin now includes three regions that had distinct political and ethnic systems prior to French colonial rule. Prior to 1700, there were a few significant city states along the coast (mainly of the Aja ethnic group, but also of the Yoruba and Gbe peoples) and a swath of...

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