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. Ambassador HE Jean-Pierre A Edon presented his credentials on 24 January 2001.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Benin

The South African Ambassador in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire is accredited to Benin on a non-residential basis.

H E Ms N Mayende-Sibiya
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Benin Representation in South Africa

H E Mr E F M A Saizonou
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Benin

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Embassy of Benin in Pretoria.

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.

For further information go to Travelers' 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

CFA Frank. CFA100=FF10.

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 at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Afghanistan, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information

No Information



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