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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organising Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
iVisa Togo
Diplomatic Missions of Togo
For Further Information
Latest Travel News in connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (International Air Transport Association)
 
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.
 

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Organising Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
The fastest way to move around in cities is by taxi-moto (motorcycle taxi, also called zemi-johns), which will cost between XOF 150-300.
Taxis are more expensive (around XOF 500 for a one-way short trip inside the city, or up to CFA 2,500 if you need to cross the city). Taxis have yellow license plates and their registration number painted on the car. It is recommendable to negotiate the price before the ride.
The company Sotral runs a public transport service with 18 routes and 88 buses buses in Lomé.
Maps of Urban Networks
Via Michelin (detailed map of Lomé)

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Lomé-Tokoin Airport (LFW) -  -  - Bus  - Car hire YES 7.5km/4.6 miles 15-20 min; XOF 4,000 Sotral: 20-25 min; XOF 150-300 N/A Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Buses are the most reliable way to move from town to town, especially for long-distance trips. They generally operate with guaranteed seating and fixed departure times and prices.
Collective taxis (so-called bush taxis) connect towns and smaller villages through an extensive network. The vehicles can be old and weary pick-up trucks, normal sedan cars or minibuses. Travel is often very slow due to the many stops. Fares are normally fixed (but agree on the price while getting in).
There is no train service in Togo.

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
ASKY Airlines National airline Yes Yes
Air France No Yes
Ethiopian Airlines No Yes
Royal Air Maroc No Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Travelling By Yourself

Recommendation
Cars may be hired at Lomé–Tokoin International Airport, elsewhere they are harder to find and much more expensive. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required, and driving is on the right.
Tarred roads run to the neighbouring countries, while most of the roads linking the different settlement are in bad conditions or impassable during the rainy season. Police checkpoints are common throughout the country but rarely nasty or obstructive. Petrol stations can easily be found in major towns.
Road Maps
Detailed map of Togo
Ezilon - Togo road network
Find an Itinerary
Via Michelin Togo

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The most popular historical sites in Togo are the Tamberma Compounds (called "tata", tower-houses), which consist of a series of towers connected by a thick wall with a single entrance chamber, used to trap enemy and kill them with arrows. Only clay, wood and straw are used for the buildings, without any nails or metal parts. The most famous compound is located near Koutammakou, and has been selected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Namoudjoga and Sogou's caves offer several rock paintings.
Cultural
Lomé is home to the National Museum, as well as the "Musée international du Golfe de Guinée", which displays a collection of artifacts from Western Africa dated from the second century B.C. untill the 20th century.
The French Cultural Centre (Centre Culturel Français) in Lomé offers films, concerts and exhibitions.
The Presidential Palace in Lomé has also become a tourist attraction.
Nature
The Fazao-Malfakassa National Park is one of the most diverse West African parks in terms of landscape, with forest, savannah, rocky cliffs and waterfalls. Furthermore, it has 203 documented species of birds, as well as many mammals (including monkeys, antelopes and some elephants). Antelope, buffaloes, ostriches and zebras can also be found in Parc Sarakawa (in the north of the country).
The waterfalls of Womé, next to the town of Kpalimé, offer a spectacular scenery, with the possibility to swim under them.
Religious
Although Christianity is not the main religion in Togo, several cathedrals can be found throughout the country: the one of Kpalimé, the cathedral of Lomé, andthe cathedral of Notre Dame of Lake Togo.
Togolese people still practice indigenous animist beliefs, of which voodoo is often an integral part. In the "Marché des Féticheurs" of Lomé all sort of ingredients for traditional fetishes can be found.
Thermal
Togo does not have natural hot springs centres. However, several high-end hotels in Lomé offer spa services.
Beach
Togo has 56 km of coastline along the Bight of Benin of the Gulf of Guinea in the North Atlantic Ocean. Lomé has several hotels with private beaches, as well as free public beaches. Some popular beaches are those in Baguida and Avépozo. However, the sea can be rough and with strong currents, so it is recommendable to swim only in surveilled areas. It is also possible to swim in some areas of Lake Togo.
Winter Sports
The climate of Togo is not suitable for winter sports.
Outdoor Activities
Several water sports can be practiced in the waters of Lake Togo (water skiing, sailing, etc.). Tourists can enjoy several trekking routes in the country's main national parks.
Shopping
Togo is renowned for its voodoo-related crafts, like charms and masks. Lomé's voodoo market is the easiest place to buy such souvenirs, although it can be more expensive due to the inflow of tourists.
The towns of Blitta, Pagala and Sokodé are famous for weaving. Kpalimé is probably the most important craftsmanship centre of Togo (wooden sculptures, weaving and fabrics, batik, etc.).
Tourism Organisations
Togo Tourisme

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There are no specific vaccination requirements to enter Togo (except for vaccine against yellow fever which is required for any travellers aged nine months or more). Nevertheless, WHO and foreign ministries of various countries recommend the following vaccines before entering the country: Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Meningitis and Rabies. Vaccination against Measles is also required.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
CDC - Health Information for Travellers to Togo
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
U.S. Department of State - Togo Travel Information
Government of Canada - Togo Travel Advice
OSAC - Togo Crime and Safety Report
 

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance 8200
Police 117
Fire 118
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Lome (GMT+0)
Summer Time Period
There are no daylight saving time clock changes in Togo.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Togo is located to the south of the Sahara and has a tropical climate. The average temperatures range between 27.5 °C on the coast to about 30 °C in the northern regions of the country, with a dry climate and characteristics of a tropical savanna. From November to March the weather is usually cooler thanks to the dry desert winds of the “harmattan”; while from April to October in the centre and from May to October in the north there is a rainy season due to the African monsoon.
For Further Information
General Direction of Meteorological National Office (Direction de la Météorologie Nationale)
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties

Togolese cuisine is a combination of African, French, and German influences. Staple foods include maize (the most commonly consumed food), rice, millet, cassava, yam, plantain and beans. Some of the local specialties are:

  • Akume: a porridge prepared from ground maize served with a side of sauce (usually okra soup)
  • Riz sauce d’arachide (rice dish made with groundnut sauce)
  • Fufu: mashed yam served with different sauces
  • Meat Skewers (so-called “brochettes”)
  • Yassa: chicken served in a spicy sauce
  • Gbomo dessi: beef and spinach stew
  • Djenkoume: tomato cornmeal fritters.
Drinks
Local drinks include palm wine (a strong liquor made from the sap of palm trees), tchakpallo (millet beer), or sodabe (a very strong grain liquor). Traditional German-style beer is also very popular.
Dietary Restrictions
Some beliefs from local religions still persist, like the one according to which pregnant women are not to eat in markets as a sorcerer could contaminate the food, thus harming the child.
Around 20% of the population is Muslim, hence normally do not eat pork meat (unless it is “halal”, which means it is permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) nor drink alcohol.
The legal drinking age is 21.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
CFA Franc BCEAO
ISO Code
XOF
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Major towns have Visa ATMs. Mastercard is also accepted.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged in Lomé and other major cities, with the EUR being the easiest currency to exchange (XOF is pegged to the EUR).
The import of local or foreign currency is limited to XOF 1 million (or equivalent), the export of XOF is limited to 25,000.
Possible Means of Payment
Only some upmarket hotels take credit cards, as cash is the general payment method.
International Traveller's Cheques are accepted in Lomé and other major cities.

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Speaking

Official Language
French
Other Languages Spoken
Around 40 languages are spoken in the country (although most of them are only oral and not written).
Two indigenous languages were designated politically as national languages in 1975: Ewé (spoken mostly in the south from Lomé to Blitta) and Kabiyé (spoken in the north from Blitta to Dapaong).
Business Language
French
Getting Some Knowledge
Visit the website of Omniglot to learn the basics of the Ewé and Kabiyé languages.
Free Translation Tools
WordReference : English-French dictionary

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