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Togo

Togo
Togolese Republic
Exercise increased caution in Togo due to crime and civil unrest

Exercise increased caution in Togo due to crime and civil unrest

Violent crime, such as carjacking, is common. Organized criminal activity, such as armed robbery, is also common. Criminals themselves are sometimes targeted for vigilante justice or lynching.

There are frequent demonstrations in Togo, during which protesters and security force members have been injured, and some killed. Police have used tear gas to disperse demonstrations that caused traffic disruptions in city centers and along National Route 1, and arrested demonstrators.  Security forces have at times used excessive force to disperse crowds. Authorities have interrupted internet and cellular data services during past protests, making communication difficult and unpredictable. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Togo:

  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Togo.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow Fever

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

 $10,000

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

 $10,000

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Lomé

4332 Boulevard Eyadema,
Cité OUA, B.P.852
Lomé, Togo
Telephone: +(228) 22-61-54-70
Emergency After-Hours Telephone:+(228) 22-61-54-70
Fax: +(228) 22-61-54-99

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Togo for information on U.S. - Togo relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

A valid U.S. passport and Togolese visa are required. Visas may be issued upon arrival at the international airport in Lomé and at most Togolese land ports of entry. Visas issued upon entry are limited to seven days and can be extended at no cost during the seven-day period.  Travelers must surrender their passport while Togolese authorities  process the extension requests.

To apply for a visa at a land border or the airport, you must complete an application form, provide a passport photograph, and pay 15,000 West African CFA francs (FCFA) (approximately $30). Some smaller land borders may not be able to issue a visa on arrival. Visas issued at an embassy of Togo abroad may be issued for a longer validity.

To apply for a Togolese visa in the United States, you may contact the Embassy of Togo 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.

Documentation of Yellow Fever vaccination is required for all individuals entering Togo who are over one year of age.  Visit the CDC website for detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions.

U.S. travelers should carry copies of their passports at all times while traveling in Togo should proof of identity and immigration status be requested by local officials.

The U.S. Department of State is 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

Togo experiences periodic strikes, demonstrations, and political violence, especially during the lead-up to elections. Land and air ports of entry are typically shut down during elections.

Precautions:

  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, monitor local news broadcasts, and consular messages.
  • Extended travel by car should be avoided at night.

Crime: Street crime is a serious problem, and violent crime happens on a regular basis. U.S. citizens and other Westerners may be the targets of crime, particularly in beach areas in the evenings. Be aware of your surroundings, do not display large amounts of cash in public, avoid unlighted areas at night, keep your car locked at all times, do not resist, and willingly hand over your possessions.

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 crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • 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 police generally do not intervene in abusive situations.

Maritime Security: Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea continue to trend upwards. Pirates/armed groups operating in the region typically carry out attacks on vessels using automatic weapons. Attacks, kidnappings for ransom, and robbery of crew, passengers, and ship’s property continue to be common occurrences. More information on current conditions may be found on the Office of Naval Intelligence’s piracy page.

For further information:

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 following webpages for details:

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 $1,733 to $5,199. The U.S. Embassy has not received reports of prosecutions against U.S. citizens for such activities. 

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  Women travelling alone are encouraged to take extra precautions while in the country. While local residents are generally friendly, you are encouraged to travel in groups and be extra vigilant after dark.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Medical facilities in Togo are limited, including in major cities. You should carry adequate supplies of any needed prescription medicines, along with copies of your prescriptions, the generic name of the drugs, and a supply of preferred over-the-counter medications. You may encounter shortages of routine medications and supplies and counterfeit medications are a frequent problem.

Mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue are significant problems. Prevention of bites and proper yellow fever immunization are important for all areas. Before coming to Togo, you should consult with your physician regarding the advisability of taking malaria prophylaxis and obtaining needed vaccinations. While in Togo, you should:

  • Carry and use insect repellents containing either 20 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535;
  • Treat clothing and tents with permethrin; andSleep in screened or closed rooms under insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets.

Refer to the CDC website for health information for travelers to Togo.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Ensure that your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments; credit cards are not normally accepted for payment of medical care.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Togo to ensure the medication is legal in Togo. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

The following diseases are prevalent:

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: While some major thoroughfares in urban parts of Togo are paved, most secondary streets are not. All streets can become severely flooded when it rains. Driving conditions are hazardous throughout Togo due to aggressive and poorly trained drivers, the presence of pedestrians and animals on the road, large swarms of small motorcycles, and poor conditions of the roads; which often contain deep, unmarked potholes. Overland travel off the main network of roads, including some parts of urban areas, generally requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Nighttime travel is dangerous and not recommended. You should not 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 many traffic signals do not function properly. You should be prepared for the possibility that other drivers may run red lights, stop signs, or drive in the wrong direction on one-way streets.  Driving can be haphazard and disorderly, particularly in crowded city centers.

At official checkpoints, Togolese security officials prefer that you approach with your interior light on, headlights dimmed, and have your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance ready.  You should carry copies of important documents, such as your passport and driver’s license, to provide to authorities rather than handing over your originals. You should not pay any fee (bribe) to police or other authorities for them to perform their work or to avoid sanctions.

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.  Crowds can form easily following even a minor accident. It is very important to remain attentive to the situation and ensure that the police are notified to respond to the scene as soon as possible.

Public Transportation: Safety standards for small, private buses/taxis are substandard. You are advised to exercise caution when using any form of local public transportation and to avoid motorcycle-taxis whenever possible. 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: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Togo, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Togo’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Togo should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Security Communications with Industry WebPortal.  Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and as a broadcast warning on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website.

International Parental Child Abduction

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Togo. For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: October 4, 2018

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lomé
4332 Boulevard Eyadema,
Cité OUA, B.P.852
Lomé, Togo
Telephone
+(228) 22-61-54-70
Emergency
+(228) 22-61-54-70
Fax
+(228) 22-61-54-99

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