Why carry an IDP while driving in Benin?
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.
It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Benin highly recommends an International Driving Permit.
Driving Rules in Benin
For driving in Benin, foreign visitors need a valid driver license issued by the country of their residence and an International driving license. It is permitted to drive with the International driving license for up to three months. Benin offers great beaches and even floating villages! Most importantly, interact with the people and be a part of the culture. Hop into a car and drive around this wonderful country. Take time to check some helpful road tips.
Important Reminders For Driving in Benin:
- Benin is a right-hand drive country.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years old.
- Seat belts are a must.
- Keep your phones away at all times while driving. Hands-free is a must.
- Drink responsibly. The maximum blood alcohol level is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
- The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on highways.
- Avoid bribery!
- Choose a four-wheel drive vehicle when renting a car.
- Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher, early warning device, reflective vest, spare bulbs and first aid kit in your car.
Additional Information For Drving in Benin:
Some of the border areas, notably the Nigeria border are very dangerous, where armed robberies and banditry has been reported. Car-jackings have been reported on highways and rural roads. Exercise caution while in a car or taxi: keep the windows rolled up, the doors locked, and stay alert for any suspicious behavior or attempts by people on the streets to stop a moving car.
Driving in Benin during Winter:
Benin is a warm country so winter is the least of your concern. However, avoid visiting Benin during rainy season. Floods cover manholes and bumps, which can lead to accidents. Driving conditions are very challenging and roads can be inaccessible.
Enjoy your stay and have a safe travel.
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