Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Lome, Togo – (September 23, 2020)

As of September 22, there were 1683 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with‎ 41 deaths, 352 active cases, and 1290 recovered. These numbers are regularly updated on the Government of Togo’s COVID-19 website.

Having noted that the infected persons have had many contacts, and in order to prevent this spread from increasing further in the populations of certain, the Government of Togo has decided the following as of August 25, 2020:

1- The closure of the cities of: Sokodé, Tchamba and Adjengre.
2- The establishment of a curfew from 21.00 to 5.00 in the prefectures of Tchaoudjo, Tchamba and Sotouboua.

These measures are intended to limit a possible spread of COVID-19 cases in those locations following an increase in cases there.

All land border crossings with Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin remain closed. 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.

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. Others who are at increased risk for serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, or kidney or heart disease, should consider postponing all travel.

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. Learn more about “Getting Health Care Abroad” here.

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 registerand 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, travelers should also be prepared to 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 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.

Exit testing is 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.

Until further notice, the U.S. Embassy is only performing Passport, Notarial Services and some immigrant visas (IVs). 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.

We encourage all U.S. citizens 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 Lomé.

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 latestrecommendations.
  • 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:

For emergency services in Togo:

  • All questions regarding COVID-19 – 111
  • Police – 117
  • Gendarmerie – 172
  • Fire (fire brigade) – 118
  • Main Lomé Hospital Sylvanus Olympio – 22 21 25 01 (most suitable for trauma)
  • Ambulance services are mostly non-existent.