See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Togo for information on U.S. - Togo relations.
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 West African CFA franc (FCFA) (approximately $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.
U.S. travelers should carry copies of their passports and vaccination records at all times while traveling in Togo so that, if questioned by local officials, they 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. Visit the CDC website for detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions.
We are unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Togo.
Togo experiences periodic strikes, demonstrations, 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.
Crime: Violent crime happens on a regular basis. The number of incidents where U.S. citizens and other Westerners are targeted has risen, particularly at beach areas. Be aware of your surroundings, do not display large amounts of cash in public, stay out of dark alleys, 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 the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
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:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
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 our 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. 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, you are encouraged to travel in groups and be extra vigilant after dark.
See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical facilities in Togo are limited and medical care is substandard throughout the country, including in major cities. You may encounter shortages of routine medications and supplies and counterfeit medications are a frequent problem. In the event of a serious medical condition, medical evacuation to Western Europe is encouraged. 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 to cover medical evacuation.
Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevelant:
Zika: Risk is considered negligible, but no current epidemiologic data is available.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
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. 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 most 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.
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.
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.
You should not pay 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: 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.