TogoOfficial Name: Togolese Republic
Must be valid at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Yellow Fever vaccine required for entry.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
4332 Boulevard Eyadema,
Cité OUA, B.P.852
Telephone: +(228) 22-61-54-70
Emergency After-Hours Telephone:+(228) 22-61-54-70
Fax: +(228) 22-61-54-99
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Togo for information on U.S.-Togo relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
A valid passport and visa are required. Visas issued upon arrival in Togo are limited to seven days and can be extended at no cost during the seven day period, although travelers will need to surrender their passport to Togolese authorities for several days, and they may experience delays in receiving the extension. To apply for a visa at a land border or the airport, you will need to fill out an application form and provide a passport photograph and 15,000 FCFA (approximately US $30). Low-traffic land borders may not be able to issue a visa on arrival. Visas issued at an embassy abroad may be issued for a longer validity. In response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, Togolese authorities are screening incoming travelers for fever or other EVD symptoms.
To apply for a Togolese visa in the United States, you may contact the Togolese Embassy in Washington, D.C. at (202) 234-4212. The Embassy of Togo is located at 2208 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. If you are overseas, inquiries should be made at the nearest Togolese embassy or consulate. Visit the Embassy of Togo website for the most current visa information.
You should carry copies of your U.S. passport and vaccination records with you at all times while traveling in Togo so that, if questioned by local officials, you have proof of identity, U.S. citizenship, and required vaccinations readily available.
Documentation of Yellow Fever vaccination is required for all individuals entering Togo who are over one year of age. You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the CDC website.
We are unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Togo.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
We urge U.S. citizens to avoid political rallies and street demonstrations and maintain security awareness at all times. Togo experiences periodic strikes, demonstrations, political tensions, and political violence, especially during the lead-up to elections. Land borders with Ghana and Benin are typically shut down during elections for any of these three countries. Demonstrations often arise with little advance warning, and their itineraries change quickly. These demonstrations often lead to conflict or violence, including tire burning, stone throwing, and the use of tear gas, water cannons, and other crowd-control methods. Demonstrations and strikes often lead to the closing of roads and public services such as hospitals and schools.
Crime: Togo is rated CRITICAL for crime; violent crime, in particular, happens on a regular basis. Although the majority of victims continue to be Togolese, there has been a rising number of incidents where U.S. citizens and other Westerners are targeted. This is particularly true of all beach areas. You should take common sense precautions such as not flashing large amounts of cash in public, staying out of dark alleys, and keeping your car locked at all times. If you are a victim of a robbery, please do not resist, particularly if the assailant has a weapon, and hand over your possessions. Remember to be aware of your surroundings.
Victims of Crime:
Report crimes to the local police at 117 and contact the U.S. Embassy at + (228) 22-61-54-70 and after hours at + (228) 22-61-54-70.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. Local law does not specifically address domestic violence, and domestic violence against women continues to be widespread. Police generally do not intervene in abusive situations.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: Local law forbids “acts against nature committed with an individual of one’s sex,” widely understood to mean same-sex sexual activity. If you are convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex sexual activity, you may be sentenced to one to three years’ imprisonment and fined between US $1,733 and US $5,199. However, this law is not enforced directly.
Culturally, same sex relationships are not considered acceptable in rural communities outside of Lomé.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. The Togolese government does not mandate accessibility to public or private facilities for persons with disabilities, although some public buildings may have ramps. There are very few sidewalks in the country, and handicapped access is not prioritized in construction or planning.
Women Travelers: Women travelling alone are encouraged to take extra precautions while in the country. While local residents are generally friendly, as a single woman you may receive more attention during their stay. You are encouraged to travel in groups, if possible. Traveling after dark may increase the risk of violent crime.
See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical facilities in Togo are limited and of very poor quality; emergency medical care is inadequate. Medical care is substandard throughout the country, including in major cities. In the event of a serious medical condition, we encourage medical evacuation to Western Europe, but such evacuations are very costly. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuations. You may encounter shortages of routine medications and supplies and counterfeit medications are a frequent problem. Credit cards are not accepted for payment of medical care.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevelant:
- Yellow Fever
- Dengue Fever
- Diarrheal Illness
- Meningococcal meningitis
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: While some major thoroughfares in urban parts of Togo are paved, many secondary streets are not, and they can become severely flooded when it rains. Driving conditions are hazardous throughout Togo due to the presence of pedestrians, large swarms of small motorcycles, disorderly drivers (moped, car and truck drivers), livestock on the roadways, and the poor condition of the roads, which often contain deep potholes. Overland travel off the main network of roads generally requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Nighttime travel is dangerous, and it is inadvisable to drive outside urban centers after dark. Even when driving in the city, keep car doors locked and the windows up. You should be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively.
Traffic Laws: Many drivers in Togo do not obey traffic laws and most traffic signals do not function properly. You should be prepared for the possibility that other drivers may run red lights or stop signs or drive in the wrong direction on one-way streets. At official checkpoints, Togolese security officials prefer that you approach with your interior lights on, headlights dimmed, and have your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance ready. We recommend that you carry copies of important documents such as your passport and driver’s license to provide to authorities rather than handing over your originals. Typically, a person involved in an accident should assist the other party(ies) if involved in an accident, unless it is not safe to do so. Since crowds can form easily following even a minor accident, it is very important to maintain attentiveness to the situation and ensure that the police are notified to respond to the scene as soon as possible.
We do not recommended paying any fee (bribe) to police or other authorities for them to perform their work, or to avoid sanctions.
Driving can be haphazard and disorderly, particularly in crowded city centers.
Public Transportation: You are advised to exercise caution when using any form of local public transportation, particularly moto-taxis. Never get into a taxi with unknown passengers and always agree on the fare before getting in.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Togo’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Togo’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page. However, Ethiopian Airlines has established direct flights between Newark and Lomé.