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Getting In and Around
Visas for entry into Togo can be acquired either before one arrives in the country or upon arrival at the airport or border. Prices vary depending on one’s country of citizenship. Visitors must also have proof of yellow fever immunization to enter Togo. For complete visa requirements and details, visit the website for the Togolese embassy in the United States.
The most common way to get around in Togo is to drive. In most cities, especially Lomé, taxis abound. Fares are negotiable and should be determined before the ride begins.
Another popular way to get around to Togo is by riding on the backs of taxi-moto (motorcycles). This is definitely the cheapest and fastest way to navigate the cities, though it is generally not the safest. Taxi-brousses (bush taxis) are a common form of transportation between cities and over the border to surrounding countries. They are e
ither minibuses or four-door cars. Fares are usually set, and the vehicles are always crowded, so don’t count on a comfortable ride and be sure to closely guard your personal belongings. Another reliable means of transportation is provided through the national Postal Service. These large buses are air-conditioned, have partitioned seats, and you are able to carry baggage on the bus.
Be warned that the roads in Lomé and throughout the rest of Togo are generally rough, and long road trips can be arduous.
We recommend buying a prepaid mobile phone or purchasing a SIM card for a GSM-enabled phone. Prepaid phones and SIM cards are available at phone shops in Lomé and some other cities. Major phone providers are Moov, Togocell, and Togo Telecom.
Safety and Security
Foreigners traveling to Togo have no reason to be afraid of theft or attack, but you must use common sense. Togolese people often advise tourists against areas they think might be dangerous, such as the beach in Lomé. Listen to the locals and avoid walking alone at night.
Petty theft is common in cities, especially Lomé, so make sure your belongings are somewhere safe at all times. We recommend leaving passports and other important valuables at your hotel if possible. Check the U.S. Department of State’s consular website for up-to-date travel warnings
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created a security ratings system called the Ibrahim Index
, according to scores based on each country’s quality of government. Before traveling to Togo or anywhere on the continent, check the index and do your research.