Dangers & Annoyances
The biggest danger in Cotonou is the traffic – the reckless zemi-johns (or zems, motorcycle taxis) in particular. They're unavoidable, however, so always make sure that the driver agrees to drive slowly (aller doucement) before hopping on.
The Jonquet, the beach and the port area all have their fair share of undesirables: don't walk alone at night and watch your bag at traffic lights if you're on a zem.
Entry & Exit Formalities
Direction Emigration Immigration Issues 30-day visas.
The 1:15,000 IGN Cotonou map, which lists the city's hotels, cinemas, banks and markets, is available at bookshops.
Direction du Tourisme et de l'Hôtellerie Inconveniently located out of the city centre, behind Pharmacie de l'Étoile Rouge; of limited use.
Telecom (OPT) Building You can make overseas telephone calls and send faxes.