Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Lome, Togo (June 5, 2020)

As of June 5, there were 465 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with ‎13 deaths, 239 recovered and 213 active cases.  These statistics are regularly updated in French 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 Sunday.  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 are currently operating at reduced staffing.  The U.S. Embassy will only request from a U.S. print facility a full-validity passport with evidence of an emergency need to travel to a different country than the United States within the next ten days.  However, there is no guarantee that you will have your full-validity U.S. passport in Togo within that time due to current delays in printing and courier services.  If you need a new passport for prolonging your stay in Togo, then you must wait for U.S. print facilities to resume their full operations.

All other emergency requests to travel to the United States will continue to be issued one-year-validity, emergency passports that have restricted use outside of Togo and the United States and will need to be exchanged for a full-validity passport once a traveler has returned to the United States.  Do not use an emergency passport except to return to the United States.  To request an emergency passport service, make an appointment online.

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:


U.S. Embassy Lomé, Togo

(+228) 2261 5470

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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