The U.S. Embassy has learned that protestors are currently gathering in the downtown area near Dekon/Boulevard Circulaire and throwing rocks at passing vehicles. Please avoid the downtown area as the situation may escalate and become violent.
Police disperse unauthorized demonstrations that interfere with road traffic – particularly on National Route 1 – using nonlethal measures such as tear gas and by arresting some participants. Authorities have occasionally interrupted internet and cellular data services, making communications difficult and unpredictable.
- Minimizing travel throughout the country on October 18 and 19;
- Having flexible travel plans and rescheduling travel along National Route 1 to or through Sokodé until a later date if possible;
- Having alternate communications plans that do not rely solely on cellular telephone and cellular data networks;
- Exercising caution and being aware of your surroundings;
- Monitoring media and local news;
- Reporting specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities;
- Enrolling in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP).
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Togo.
- Contact the S. Embassy in Togo, located on Boulevard Eyadema in Lomé, at ConsularLome@state.gov or (228) 2261-5470. Working hours are Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (228) 2261-5470.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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