Benin (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Statistics | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

South Africa and Benin established formal diplomatic relations on 19 May 1994. Benin opened its Embassy in Pretoria in January 1999. However, the Embassy of Benin in South Africa was closed on 30 July 2020.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Benin

H E Ms R P Marks
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Benin Representation in South Africa

The Embassy of Benin was closed in South Africa in July 2020.

Benin has no representation in South Africa.

Embassy of Benin

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

South Africa and Benin has an arrangement that allows its nationals to enjoy a 30 day free visa entry to each country.

For more information contact the Embassy of South Africa in Cotonou, Benin.

Health Requirements

A valid international health certificate proving vaccination against yellow fever only is required. Vaccination against hepatitis A and B, tetanus and polio is recommended. There is also a high malaria risk. Furthermore all passengers arriving and departing Benin has to undergo the COVID-19 test at their own cost.

For further information go to Travellers' Health.

Climate Info

In the south: four seasons. Long rainy season April to July. Short dry season August to September. Short rainy season October to November. Long dry season December to March.

In the north: Dry season November to early May. Rainy season May to October.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the CFA Frank.

For current exchange rates click here.


The official language is French while local languages are also spoken.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings


Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Benin, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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