Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Personal Security Reminder

As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou reminds everyone to practice good security habits.  Benin has traditionally experienced an increase in crimes of opportunity such as robberies, pick-pocketing, purse snatching, thefts from vehicles, and residential break-ins during the holiday season. The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and use extreme caution …

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Worldwide Caution

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Travel to Parc W Permitted for Embassy Personnel

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that personal travel for U.S. government employees to Parc W is now permitted.  As a reminder, it is mandatory for visitors of Parc W to register at the official points of entry and retain a registered park guide for the duration of their stay.  This message supersedes the previous message …

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Mission Hosts TechCamp on Elections

From Feb. 1-4, with Mission Driven Alumni Funding from ECA’s Alumni Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Cotonou hosted 35youth from Benin and 15 from Niger for a TechCamp to create a movement using the power of technology to galvanize youth involvement during the upcoming elections in each country. Mission utilized YALI Alumni from five different countries …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Worldwide Caution (March 25, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens of the updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on March 03, 2016.  This caution replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 29, 2015. https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html With the recent terrorist attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso and Brussels, the U.S. Embassy Cotonou would like to remind …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Land Border Closure on March 20

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that Beninese land borders are expected to be closed from Sunday, March 20 at 12:00 a.m. until Monday, March 21 at 6:00 a.m. due to presidential elections scheduled for March 20.  The Government of Benin routinely closes land borders the day of national elections.  Please travel …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Announcement of Election Results

U.S. Embassy Cotonou, Benin The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that results of the first round of elections are scheduled to be released this weekend.  While there are no specific demonstrations planned, social disruptions or protests could occur with little or no warning throughout Benin. Please remember that even demonstrations intended to be …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Expected Land Border Closure due to Elections on March 6

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that Beninese land borders are expected to be closed from Sunday, March 6 at 12:00AM until Monday, March 7 at 06:00am due to the presidential elections taking place on March 6.  The Government of Benin routinely closes land borders the day of national elections.  Please travel …

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Personal Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel (Dec. 8, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that, due to safety and security concerns, official travel by U.S. Embassy employees to Parc W, the regional national park on Benin’s northeastern border with Niger and Burkina Faso, will now be considered on a case by case basis.  However, personaltravel for all U.S Embassy employees to Parc …

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Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel (Dec 2, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that until further notice, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from travelling to or staying at Parc W, the regional national park located on Benin’s  border with Burkina Faso and Niger. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow the same guidance. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution ,Travel …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel to Parc W Prohibited for Embassy Personnel

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that until further notice, U.S. Embassy personnel are prohibited from travelling to or staying at Parc W, the regional national park located on Benin’s  border with Burkina Faso and Niger. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow the same guidance. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , …

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Travel Alert-Worldwide (Nov 23, 2015)

1.  The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting …

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Flight Cancellations and Disruptions

Though Cotonou’s International Airport remains open, Benin’s aviation authority informed the U.S. Embassy that Air France and Air Brussels have cancelled all flights to and from Cotonou until needed repairs are made to the tarmac.  Regional airline and smaller aircraft flights may also be disrupted.  Please note that the flight cancellations and possible disruptions are not …

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Land Border Closure

The Beninese government has announced that Beninese land borders will be closed from tonight, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12:00AM until Monday, April 27, 2015 at 06:00AM due to the legislative elections taking place on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens monitor local news stations for updates, plan travel accordingly, …

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