Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Lome, Togo (June 25, 2020)

As of June 24, there were 583 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with ‎14 deaths, 177 active cases, and 392 recovered.  These statistics are regularly updated on the Government of Togo’s COVID-19 website.  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.

The U.S. Department of State continues to recommend that U.S. citizens should return to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those with any underlying medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, or kidney or heart disease.  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 currently advises against this pharmacologic 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 in your medical treatment if you attempt to opt out of any Government of Togo-required drug protocol. 

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates one flight to the United States (Newark) every Saturday.  Flights may also occur other days of the week to Newark or Houston depending on demand.  We expect all U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents in Togo to use the direct Newark flight to return to the United States.  Although the cost of this flight is now higher than it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost of a Lome-Newark ticket is well within the pre-pandemic market range for flights between the African continent and the United States.  Contact Ethiopian Airlines’ Lome ticketing and reservation office inside 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, then you will need to schedule an appointment online to speak to a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy.  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.

U.S. passport print facilities have resumed operations.  You may submit a regular, full-validity passport application (DS-11 or DS-82) by making an appointment onlineYou 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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