Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Benin
The Republic of Bulgaria has no functioning embassy in Benin. With regard to consular issues, Bulgarian citizens visiting Benin or residing in the country for a longer period can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Nigeria.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Address: 10, Euphrates St., off Aminu Kano Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
Tel.: +234 096 724 359
Office hours: 09.00 - 12.30 h
Consular Office: +234 096 709 986
Е-Mail: [email protected]
The embassy of Benin in Geneva is accredited for Bulgaria.
Embassy of the Republic of Benin in Geneva, Switzerland
Address: Rue de Lausanne 36
Telephone: +4122 9068460
Fax number: +4122 9068461
E-mail: [email protected]
The local currency is the CFA-Franc.
Crime and security
Extreme caution is advised. High level of crime. If possible, do not stay long in the border areas with Nigeria.
It is allowed to import unlimited amounts of foreign currency in the country, but it is mandatory to declare it. It is advisable to carry Euros, check books or credit cards. Personal items are imported duty free.
Export of foreign currency is allowed within its equivalent of up to 100 thous. CFA-Francs. There are no restrictions for the export of local currency. There are no other customs restrictions. For more customs information check HERE.
Characteristics of the legislation
In Benin, according to the local legislation, homosexuality is punishable.
There is a real danger of assaults and robberies of foreign cars on the road. Drive with caution in rainy weather.
Hospital services do not meet the European standards.
It is recommended to pay special attention to personal hygiene, including the consumption of fresh fruit and salads. Water should be drunk boiled only.
There was a cholera outbreak in Benin in August 2010. 172 cases of cholera and five deaths were registered.
Travel papers and visas
International passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry in the country. Bulgarian citizens can travel to Benin with visas only (ordinary, official and diplomatic passports). Apply for visa at the Embassy of Benin in Geneva, Switzerland.
There are no special inoculation requirements upon entry in Benin.
For more accurate information we recommend you to contact the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, telephone: +359 2 944 69 99 221.
Foreigners visiting the country are advised not to carry large amount of money, they should make photocopies of their personal documents and exercise extreme caution after nightfall
Certification and legalisation
Documents drawn up to Bulgarian nationals in Benin should bear a stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Benin. They shall be certified in the Embassy of Benin in Geneva, which is accredited for Bulgaria. The signature and certification of the consulate of the embassy shall be authenticated by the Consular Section of the Embassy of Bulgaria in Bern.
These documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and the translation shall be certified by the Legalisation and Certification Department with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.