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Benin uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type E.
The languages that are typically spoken are French
Benin uses the West African CFA franc (symbol: Fr), code XOF.Banknotes come in denominations of 10000, 5000, 2000, 1000 and 500 francs. Franc is subdivided into 100 centimes. Coins come in denominations of 500, 250, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 francs.
Automatic teller machines are rare in Benin. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Benin is on average 1.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Benin is very low. It's quite hard to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 7,902.62 XOF, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: BBcom, Glo, MTN or Moov. Benin uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Benin upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Benin, dial +, then 229 (the country code for Benin), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Benin, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 22 .
In Benin you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on undivided highways, 90 km/h (55 mph) on motorways and 90 km/h (55 mph) on expressways.
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Zika is a risk in Benin. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their doctor. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Risk in Countries with Endemic Zika.
Dengue, chikungunya, African tick-bite fever and African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness) are diseases carried by insects that occur in Africa. For information on disease prevention, please visit the CDCInsect Protection Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Benin. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.
Many countries in Africa have high HIV prevalence rates. For further information, please visit the CDC HIV Advice.