Working in Benin

Benin’s economy has grown in recent years, but it remains reliant on agricultural industries with limited growth is other sectors. Its main export is cotton, which accounts for 80% of GDP, and trades closely with clothing and textile producing countries such as Bangladesh and India. A member of the ECOWAS community, Benin has much potential for future growth.

Working in Benin

Benin has a reputation for being a welcoming country to those who move their for work. The country had a developing industrial sector, and many growing smaller industries which provide opportunity for employment. The country has a public education and healthcare system, though these are in development, so many people choose private institutions, or have them funded through work, and it is advised to stock up on prescription items before moving. You will need a job in Benin before applying for a work permit.

Benin - Need To Know




West African CFA Franc (XOF)

Dialling Code


Official Languages


Capital City Airport

Cadjehoun Airport


Benin (UTC +01:00)

How Do I Work In Benin?

Work Authorisation and VISA requirements
You will need a VISA to work in Benin unless you are a citizen of an ECOWAS nation. It is recommended to obtain employment there before applying, as your new employer can often sponsor your application. You can find out more information by visiting your local embassy website. More information is available using the button below.
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Job Opportunities in Benin