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Togo Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

56,785 sq km (21,925 sq miles).

Population

7.4 million (2014).

Population density

129.5 per sq km.

Capital

Lomé.

Government

Republic.

Head of state

President Faure Gnassingbé since 2005.

Head of government

Prime Minister Komi Klassou since 2015.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are standard.

Togo is a tiny sliver of a country but manages to squeeze in dense forests, savannah, coastal lagoons, long sandy beaches and swampy plains. Despite its uncertain political situation, the country boasts many captivating wonders.

The capital city Lomé lies on the Gulf of Benin. Modern hotels line the beach, while the city's past can be uncovered among the pockets of colonial architecture and its traditions discovered in the famous fetish market, which sells traditional remedies and carved figures to ward off evil.

Togo's national parks are home to buffaloes, elephants and antelope, as well as numerous tropical bird species. Coffee and cocoa farms, waterfalls and palm plantations characterise the country's plateau, which rises behind the coast. In northeastern Togo, the traditional mud-tower settlements of the Batammariba in the Koutammakou landscape gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 01 September 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.


Political situation

Political protests occur in Lomé, sometimes at very short notice, and occasionally become violent. There were serious riots in Lomé in June 2012. Areas affected were Dekon, Bée, and Assigamée. Protests also took place in Lomé in August 2012, where thousands of protesters were dispersed by police, using tear gas and rubber bullets. There have been clashes in Lomé since then, most recently in November 2014 when there were some injuries as police broke up a confrontation between government and opposition supporters.

Crime

Violent crime, theft and pick-pocketing are common throughout Togo and you should be especially cautious in Lomé along the beach and in the markets. Attacks occur during daylight as well as at night. You should avoid travelling alone where possible, even within Lomé city limits, especially at night. You should be alert to the risk of car-jackings, including through staged accidents. It’s generally better not to resist armed attack.

Scams

British nationals are increasingly being targeted by scam artists operating in West Africa. The scams come in many forms: romance and friendship, business ventures, work and employment opportunities and can pose great financial risk to victims. You should treat with considerable caution any requests for funds, a job offer, a business venture or a face to face meeting from someone you have been in correspondence with over the internet who lives in West Africa.

Local travel

Exit and entry points at borders can be opened and closed at short notice. Be prepared for checks by the local police and military.

Road travel

Driving standards and road conditions in Togo are poor. Avoid travelling outside towns and cities at night as roads are poorly lit.During rainy seasons minor, unpaved roads may become impassable. You should stop at all control points on request, turn on interior vehicle lights and only continue when permission has been given to do so. You may encounter official and unofficial roadblocks even in the city centre.

Take care when using public transport; driving standards and vehicle maintenance are poor.

Sea travel

There have been incidents of piracy and armed robbery against large vessels in Togolese waters and those of neighbouring countries. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Swimming

Avoid swimming in the sea as ocean currents are very strong along the coast. Many drownings occur each year.

Consular assistance

The number of British visitors to Togo is low. The main type of incident for which British nationals need consular assistance in Togo is replacing lost and stolen passports. You should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times and keep your passport in a safe place.

The British Ambassador to Togo resides in Accra. The British Honorary Consul, Mr Rodney Wade, can only offer limited consular assistance in an emergency. His contact details are:

Mr Rodney Wade
Honorary Consulate of the UK
45 Rue Canaris
Be Chateau, Lome BP 13956
Togo

Telephone: +228 2222714

Mobile: +228 9001 0801

Fax & voice messages universal #: (44) (0) 709 217 8028

Email: rodney129@yahoo.co.uk

The Honorary Consulate is on the same street as the Hotel Marmite D’Or and near the supermarket at Be Château. Alternatively use the large water tower (which has a navigational lighthouse on top of it) as a landmark - the Consulate is 200 metres due east of this tower.

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