Health Alert — U.S. Embassy Lome, Togo (August 24, 2020)

As of August 23 there were 1277 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with‎ 27 deaths, 340 active cases, and 910 recovered. These statistics are regularly updated on the Government of Togo’s COVID-19 website.

On August 6, 2020, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State issued a Level 3 Health Advisory for Togo. We recommend that all U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling to Togo. U.S. citizens who choose to travel to or remain in Togo during the COVID-19 pandemic do so at their own risk and expense.

The Government of Togo is using one phone number, 111, for all questions regarding COVID-19.  Do not hesitate to call this number if you believe that you or someone you know has been exposed to COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of the disease. Learn more about the COVID-19 test here.

The U.S. Department of State continues to recommend that U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, especially those with underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, or kidney or heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.  U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for Togo on Travel.State.gov.

Togo has limited medical capabilities in the event that you may require a ventilator or other advanced medical care.  The Government of Togo administers chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises against this treatment as there is no evidence that it lessens the duration or severity of COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy has limited recourse to intervene if you attempt to opt out of any Government of Togo-required drug protocol or quarantine, including upon arrival in Lomé.

All arriving passengers including U.S. citizens, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to boarding. View the COVID-19 testing webpage for more information.

On arrival at the Lomé Airport/LFW, local policies require you to take another mandatory COVID-19 test at the terminal before you are allowed to enter the country. All travelers (both departing and arriving passengers) must register and fill the online traveler declaration form  available here and pay for the test before departure. (At boarding, airlines will verify if passengers are in possession of negative PCR test results and the proof of payment for testing on arrival at the Lomé Airport).

Upon arrival at Lomé, all travelers must install the contact tracing mobile application TOGO SAFE, and keep it activated for the duration of their stay or at least 30 days from their arrival in Togo.

You should expect to spend one to two days under personal quarantine at a hotel or private residence in Lomé until you obtain your results and limit your contact with anyone during this time until you are informed of your COVID-19 test results.

After this period, if it is determined by the Togo Ministry of Health from your nasal swab that you may have COVID-19, you will be required to quarantine for 14 to 21 days at the Eda-Oba Hotel in Lomé at your own expense until being cleared by the Ministry of Health to resume your activities in Togo.

While there are no inter-city restrictions, all land border crossings and regional air connections between Togo-Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin are temporarily suspended. If you reside outside of Togo in West Africa,  please contact the U.S. Embassy in your country for assistance. For a detailed list of the flights available in country, visit our COVID-19 page.

Exit testing is now required 72-hours in advance of a flight by visiting the Institute National d’Hygiène near 2 Fevrier hotel and three blocks north of the French Embassy.  The cost is 40,000 CFA per test.  All passengers, including infants and children, now require testing before boarding a flight.

Contact Ethiopian Airlines Lomé ticketing and reservation office on the first floor of Hotel Palm Beach on beach road (Boulevard de la Republique or N2), two blocks east of the French Embassy, if you wish to return to the United States.

There is no such thing as a free flight to the United States.  If you are a U.S. citizen and financially destitute, meaning no financial assets in Togo or the United States and no friends or family who can assist you in purchasing a return plane ticket, then you will need to schedule an appointment online to speak to a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy during regular services hours, Monday and Thursday afternoons.  Any government-provided financial assistance will result in the limitation/cancellation of your full-validity U.S. passport, and you will be required to depart on the next available flight after submitting a signed promissory note to the consular officer.  You will not be able to obtain a new U.S. passport until you have paid in full to the U.S. Treasury the amount spent for your plane ticket.

Until further notice, the U.S. Embassy is only performing Passport and Notarial Services. You may submit a regular, full-validity passport application (DS-11 or DS-82) by making an appointment online. You should submit an application at least one month prior to the expected travel date or the expiration of the U.S. passport.

Please encourage any U.S. citizens you know still present in Togo to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that they may receive the latest COVID-19 updates from the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Lome.

 

Actions to Take:

Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Togo.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Lomé, Togo

(+228) 2261 5470

consularlome@state.gov

https://tg.usembassy.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Togo Country Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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