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Togo Travel InformationThe possibility of traveling in and out of the country is impossible or very limited. For more information about coronavirus, see the section Health.

Safety

Crime in Togo has increased in recent years, especially in the capital and in the largest cities.

The crime that affects tourists is usually money-motivated, in the form of theft and armed robbery. Events happen both daytime and evening. Travelers are encouraged to take reasonable precautions and to show particular care in choosing a place of residence and location. Luggage should be kept under close supervision at airports, bus stations etc.

Togo is not particularly prone to natural disasters, but during the rainy season (May - October) the amount of rainfall can be so severe that floods occur, especially in northern Togo.

Elsewhere in the country, there can be so heavy rainfall that roads are flooded and air traffic is hampered.

The Embassy in Abuja (Nigeria) is responsible for Togo and can be contacted on +234 9291 5429 or +234 9291 5487. The embassy is open at. 8-16 Monday through Thursday and 8-13 on Friday. Outside the opening hours of the embassy, ​​the public can contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on +47 23 95 00 00 or [email protected]

Entry

Please note that entry regulations may change. The Foreign Service is not responsible if the following information on entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for each country.

Norwegians must have a visa to Togo. It cannot be expected that visas can be obtained at a border crossing. Visas can be applied for at eg. Togo Embassy in Berlin. This should be done well in advance of departure. Access to longer work stays in Togo must be checked with the employer or the client.

  • Countryaah: Lome is the capital of Togo. Check to find information of population, geography, history, and economy about the capital city.

Health

Coronavirus (covid-19): The virus has been detected in Togo. Togo has closed all borders including all flights in and out of the country. Norwegian citizens should seek to stay informed of any flight options that may be set up. The possibility of health care is very limited or non-existent. The ability of the Embassy (Nigeria) to provide consular assistance is very limited.

The health services in the country are generally weak and have poor capacity, even in the big cities. Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the development of the corona virus. Follow local authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with the situation, including restrictions on entry and exit and rules on arrival from abroad. Relevant information can be found on the government's website and on twitter. Authorities also provide information through local media and it may be necessary to contact the airline in advance of departure.

You can find more information and guidance from the Norwegian health authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's answers to frequently asked questions about travel and coronavirus.

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Normally, yellow fever vaccine is required for entry. Other travel vaccines are recommended and should be checked by a doctor. For current travel vaccines, check the Public Health Institute's website.

Prevention tablets for malaria are recommended.

It is recommended to boil and filter water and wash fruits and vegetables in chlorine solution or HIV virus is widespread. There are private clinics of acceptable standard for treating the most common diseases in the big cities. Hospitals abroad are recommended for more serious cases. Therefore, it is important to have good travel insurance.

There are restaurants of acceptable standard in the larger cities.

Practical information

Area code for phone calls to Togo is +228.

In general, there is no need to pay special attention to local customs and clothing, beyond normal respectful behavior. For visiting women in Muslim areas in the north, half-length or long skirts or pants are recommended. It should be taken into account during religious holidays.

There are severe penalties for crime, including drug possession and punishable by illegal import and export of goods.

Common administrative and national languages ​​are French, which is mastered by most with a certain minimum level of education. However, the local variants of French can be difficult to understand for a first-time visitor. In addition, there are a large number of other languages ​​in Togo. The local main languages ​​are ewe, mine and kaby¨¦.

There is 220 volts of AC power in the country. Voltage varies greatly and power outages occur frequently. There is mobile coverage in most of the country, at least in urban areas and along the busiest roads.

Banks and public offices normally open at. 8 and closes around 5:30 pm. Shops are often open late into the evening and Saturdays.

Togo mainly has a cash-based economy, and the use of credit cards is mostly only possible at the big hotels in Lom¨¦. However, the use of credit cards is not recommended due to. the danger of fraud.

Norway and Togo are in the same time zone (GMT + one hour), but when there is summer time in Norway there is an hour time difference (Norway one hour ahead).

Climate: It is a dry season from November to March, while it is rainy season from April to October.

Public transport is not recommended. Car hire with driver is possible and should be booked in advance through reliable contacts.

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