Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Northwestern Benin Event: There are reports of possible threats to local government facilities in the department of Atakora, in northwestern Benin, over the next few days. Actions to Take: Avoid large crowds Monitor local media for updates Review your personal security plans Carry a fully charged cellphone and emergency numbers Assistance: S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin +(229) 21-30-75-00 ConsularCotonou@state.gov State …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou (June 13, 2019)

Location: Tchaourou (about 50 km south of Parakou) Event: Protests in Tchaourou over several days have resulted in intermittent blocking of trafficking along the Cotonou-Malanville road and reports of some violent encounters and significant security force presence in the area.  Consider alternate routes when traveling between Dassa and Parakou. Actions to Take: Avoid the area. …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 7, 2019)

Location: Park Pendjari, Northern Benin Event: On May 1, two Western tourists and their guide disappeared in Park Pendjari, in northern Benin. Actions to Take: Avoid the park complex, to include Parks Pendjari and W and adjacent hunting zones. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin +(229) 21-30-75-00 ConsularCotonou@state.gov State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Benin Country Information Enroll in  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security updates Follow …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

May 2, 2019 Location: Cotonou, Cadjehoun and Haie Vive neighborhoods Event: Civil disturbances reported in Cadjehoun and Haie Vive, with numerous roads blocked or impassible. Avoid the area and minimize movement in nearby areas of Cotonou. Similar disturbances could occur without warning through the weekend. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Avoid crowds and demonstrations Monitor local …

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2nd Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

2nd Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 1, 2019) Location: Cotonou Event: Due to continued reports of unrest and blocked street throughout central Cotonou, U.S. citizens are advised to minimize their movements this evening. Continue to monitor local media. Actions to Take: Remain at home or in a safe place Avoid crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Keep …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (May 1, 2019)

Location: Cotonou, Haie Vive Event: Disturbances reported near Haie Vive, with roads blocked from Place de Martyrs to the Vedeko roundabout. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area, remain vigilant, and monitor local media. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Avoid crowds, and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Assistance: U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin +(229) 21-30-75-00 ConsularCotonou@state.gov State …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (April 24, 2019)

Location: Republic of Benin and its land borders Event: Benin’s land borders may be closed for legislative elections on Sunday, April 28, 2019.  Please plan your travel accordingly.  Demonstrations may occur throughout the election period. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Carry …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin (February 22, 2019)

Location: Possible Nigerian land border closures February 22-25, 2019 Event: Due to Nigerian presidential elections taking place on Saturday, February 23, Nigerian land border crossings may be closed between Friday, February 22 and Monday, February 25.  Please plan your travel accordingly. Actions to Take: Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Cotonou, Littoral Event: The Ministry of Health in Benin confirmed one new case of Lassa fever in Cotonou.  Lassa fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease. Actions to Take: Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Parc W in northeastern Benin. Event: Due to recent security concerns in regions within close proximity to Benin’s northeastern border, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from personal travel to Parc W in northeastern Benin. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Parc W Be aware of your surroundings Keep a low profile Stay alert in …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin

Location: Department of Borgou, near Parakou  Event: The Ministry of Health in Benin confirmed two cases of Lassa fever with other cases suspected. Lassa fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease.  Actions to Take: ·         Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past …

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Alert – Demonstrations Cotonou, Benin

Event: Local media has reported that a  march/demonstration will occur on September 13th starting at 8:00 a.m. The intended route will be from the Bourse du Travail building just east of camp Guezo, to Etoile Rouge Circle northeast of Cotonou International Airport. It is possible that 1,000 or more people will take part in this labor union …

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