Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Elections

The Government of Togo has announced that the Togolese presidential elections will be held on April 15, 2015. During any election season, there is an elevated likelihood of demonstrations, marches, rallies, and strikes. Additionally, information regarding any demonstrations typically develops rapidly before and during the events themselves.

Please remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protest, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance; take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security; and follow instructions of local authorities.

The U.S. Embassy has not placed any travel restrictions on official personnel during the election period.  Consistent with Peace Corps policy, Peace Corps Volunteers are required to remain at their post of assignment from three days prior to the election until the results are announced.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Togo enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read theCountry Specific Information for Togo.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Lomé, Togo is located on Boulevard Eyadema and is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 – 17:00, and Friday from 7:30 – 12:30.  The phone number is (228) 2261-5470.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is (228) 2261-5470.