+971(0)4 – 262 2554



How to Move to Benin I Living in Benin I Move to Benin I Relocation Guide for Expat to Benin

Relocating to Benin

If you are relocating an executive to Benin or if you are relocating to or within Benin yourself, you have found the right relocation and immigration specialists. Helpxpat provides professional relocation and immigration solutions tailored to the needs of international executives.

Moving to Benin

The Republic of Benin is located in the West of Africa, bordering Niger and Burkina Faso to the North, Nigeria to the East, having a water border with the Bight of Benin, and bordering Togo to the West. Benin is a hot and humid country.

Relocation services in Benin

For the past few years we have consistently relocated corporate executives to live in Benin and their families to, and within, Benin. We are responsive and professional, and always operate with care and sensitivity towards our client’s needs.

Home Search in Benin

Searching for a new property in Benin can be stressful, time-consuming and very frustrating, often requiring that you view numerous properties that don’t meet your requirements. Helpxpat will save your time by assuring all properties closely suit your needs and reporting back to you with an itinerary. Our consultants in Benin have considerable market knowledge and negotiation skills.

A safer option is to use the services of a relocation agent, who will be able to speak the language and understand the local nuances of the Benin property market.

Types of accommodation in Benin

You can still find a range of accommodation options, namely apartments, houses, studios, etc., in major cities. Room and flat sharing are also quite widespread, especially with students and young professionals.

How to find a home in Benin

Expats looking for accommodation in Benin should find a reliable relocation company. Relocation Company will have the most extensive list of available housing and can also arrange viewings for prospective tenants.

Finding accommodation will be one of your utmost priorities if you are moving to Benin. However, this can be quite complicated due to the scarcity of modern housing units across the country.


Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 130,000.00 ₦
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 82,500.00 ₦
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 450,000.00 ₦
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 300,000.00 ₦

Choosing a right school in Benin

The education system in Benin is a work in progress. Public education is now free, but the overall adult literacy rate is only around 40 percent. Worse than that, only 25 percent of women in Benin are literate. There are only a few international schools that have been opened to meet the needs of international students. This will continue to grow as the country develops.

International schools in Benin

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Benin. There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.


The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools. AISA is the Association of International Schools in Africa and a reliable resource for finding schools.

Working in Benin

Working in Benin can be challenging, but the country is facing a phase of economic growth that it is likely to further open the local job market to expats.

Expatriates working in Benin tend to be employed in governmental or ambassadorial roles, or work for charities, NGOs, or aid programs. There are also some expatriates working in Benin in senior positions in agriculture and industry.

Major steps to get a work permit in Benin

1.Apply for an Expatriate Quota Approval (Nigerian company)

2.Apply for a subject to regularisation (STR main applicant)

3.Apply for a CERPAC (Combined Expatriate Residence permit and Alien Card)

Documents for work permit in Benin,

* A copy of the companys expatriate quota grant.

* A copy of the offer of employment.

* A copy of the letter of acceptance.

* CV of the applicant.

* Letter of appointment.

* Acceptance of offer of appointment/employment.

* A copy of the applicant’s passport with the STR visa and photocopies of relevant pages 3 passport sized photographs.

* Package containing STR documentation received from the Nigerian Embassy.

Relocation agencies in Benin

Helpxpat specialise in helping people move and are set up to relieve employees of the issues that occur when moving to Benin and we offer a wide range of services and provide aid in every aspect of your relocation – from visa struggles and work permits, to transport and finding housing.

Relocating without any assistance and help can quickly evolve into a matter of frustration, confusion and surrender – Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!

Get a Free Quote from Helpxpat and save on your moving costs to Benin

* Save time and money choosing a reliable moving company Helpxpat and ensure a hassle-free move

* All partners are certified or members of OMNI, FEDEMAC, LACMA, IAM or FIDI

Relocation I Immigration services I Destination I Visa services I moving services I Police clearance Certificate in Benin

For additional Information on any Relocation I Destination Support I Visa and immigration services I Moving services I Police clearance Certificate in Benin in Benin, please contact our in-house Mobility Expert, Ms. Simi Sujith, Directly:

Mr. Sujith Chandar

CEO Asia & Africa

Contact Me

+971(0)4 – 262 2554


For any urgent orientation / home search / school search and immigration services please reach out to:

+971 52 810 2947 +971 52 810 2948