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While it may not be one of the top options on your list of vacation destinations, Benin’s national parks and cultural attractions will provide you with a unique experience you will not see in other parts of the world. This West African country is a tropical and sub-Saharan nation, and is regarded as the safest and most stable country in the region. Whether you want to explore historic castles or experience African wildlife, this is the place to do it.

When travelling to Benin or anywhere else in Africa, having a comprehensive travel insurance plan ensures you can travel with the peace of mind in knowing you are covered and can get the travel assistance you need.

Travel advice to simplify your trip to Benin

You are required to have a valid Canadian passport to enter the country, and it must be valid for at least six months after your departure date. Business, tourist and student visas are required. When packing for your trip, it’s recommended that you pack conservative clothing and respect all social and religious customs when you are there.

Petty crime does occur, but is it not common. Robberies and carjackings are a bigger threat, so avoid travelling at night if possible. Demonstrations are also known to occur

occasionally, and pirate attacks are possible, especially farther out on the sea. Pay attention to local news and developments while you’re in Benin, and take additional measures to protect yourself and your belongings, especially in areas near the Nigerian border.

The currency is the West African CFA franc (XOF). Credit card fraud is common, so use your card with caution. French is the official language, but indigenous languages are also spoken by locals.

Destinations to visit in Benin

One of the top tourist destinations in the country is Abomey, the capital of the Dahomey empire, featuring the ruins of palaces and temples. Benin is also the birthplace of the Vodun religion (commonly called Voodoo by the Western public), and it is widely practised, giving you the opportunity to learn about it first-hand. The town of Ganvié is described as the Venice of Africa, as it is located on a lagoon and homes are built on stilt structures. You can view the town by boat tour and even make a stop for fishing.

Finally, Porto-Novo is a popular city that resembles an old French colony. It offers tourists beaches to relax on, tower houses made of mud and clay to explore, and countless local markets to shop.

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When you choose Blue Cross for travel insurance, you are choosing a company that has specialized in travel and health insurance for over 70 years. We offer travel insurance plans with up to $5 million in coverage, ensuring you can get travel assistance if you need it during your time in Benin, or anywhere else you travel worldwide. Contact us to learn more about your options or for a hassle-free travel insurance quote.

General Benin Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 10,050,702 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 112,622 9,984,670
Capital: Porto-Novo
Currency: CFA franc
Official language(s): French
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.26 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.24 1.23 (2013)

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