Togo COVID-19 Information (Last Updated: 01/04/2022)

https://tg.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/covid-19/

ATTENTION: If you are currently in Togo and are planning on leaving via Lome Airport, there are only TWO COVID testing facilities that are accepted for travel.

1) Airport of Lome (+228 22 23 60 60)

2) INH (Institut National d’Hygiène) in Lome (+228 22 21 06 33)

All test results are shared with Togolese immigration officials. DO NOT ATTEMPT to falsify COVID testing documentation or you may face severe repercussions from Togolese authorities.

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

In case of issues, please contact the health professionals of the Airport of Lome at +228 22 23 60 60. If you desire to request an expedite testing, please contact the INH (Institut National d’Hygiène) in Lome at +228 22 21 06 33.

Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States age 18 and older will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact the U.S. Embassy of Lomé to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until March 31, 2022.

You qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
  • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
  • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
  • Your expired passport is undamaged.
  • Your expired passport is unaltered.
  • Your expired passport is in your possession.

You do not qualify for this exception if:

  • You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
  • You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Your expired passport was limited in validity.
  • Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
  • Your expired passport is damaged.
  • Your expired passport is altered.
  • Your expired passport is not in your possession.

Please be advised that currently, routine passport processing in the United States can take 10-12 weeks.  If you need a passport in less than 10-12 weeks due to international travel plans, you can pay an additional $60 fee to expedite your passport, which will shorten the processing time to 4-6 weeks.

If your U.S. passport expired on or before December 31, 2019, please see our website for information on how to renew your passport before traveling:  https://tg.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.

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IMPORTANT

Keeping American citizens informed of health and safety conditions in Togo is a key element of our mission. The Department of State has worked closely with the CDC since the start of the pandemic to align our public messages and travel advice and to keep Americans safe. The Department’s COVID-19 Travel Advisories are informed by CDC’s expert judgement of the health situation as well as other factors related to travel, infrastructure, healthcare resources, and potential closures and restrictions in the country which are important for U.S. citizens to consider.

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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Togo. Others who are at increased risk for serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, or kidney or heart disease, should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Togo. Learn more about “Getting Health Care Abroad” here.

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for Togo on Travel.State.gov. U.S. citizens who choose to travel to or remain in Togo during the COVID-19 pandemic do so at their own risk and expense. We encourage all U.S. citizens present in Togo to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest COVID-19 updates from the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Lomé.

 

* (NEW INFO ADDED) PASSENGERS TRAVELING TO THE UNITED STATES:

  • Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recent recovery for all passengers prior to boarding. ​Airlines will deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. There is a PCR COVID testing site at Lomé airport. You must plan to take your test in time to receive the result before boarding your flight. In the event that there are exceptional circumstances:

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email Consularlome@state.gov

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Also visit the website: travel.state.gov

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for exit? Yes.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Togo? Yes.
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Click here for information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Has the government of Togo approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes

Are vaccines available in Togo for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes

Which vaccines are available in Togo? AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNtech, Johnson & Johnson, and Sinovac

All persons residing in Togo, regardless of nationality, have access to the vaccine. To know the procedure, please visit the official website of the government of Togo.

Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated [https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html] and unvaccinated [https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html] travelers.

As of January 3, 2022, the Togo Ministry of Health announced 31390 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 250 deaths, 4931 active cases, and 26209 recovered. These statistics are regularly updated on the Government of Togo’s COVID-19 website.

  • International airlines are offering commercial flight services (see section 6).
  • International primary and secondary schools are open, while local schools present some difficulties in reopening.
  • Restaurants, bars, night clubs, are open and expected to follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
  • Stores and markets in Lomé remain open. Public communications, food, water, fuel, electricity, and sanitation services continue as normal, with only occasional internet interruptions.
  • Cultural Centers present a reduced number of activities.
  • Most religious services and churches remain closed, a small number are open on a trial basis.
  • Face masks/cloth face coverings remain mandatory in public, including in vehicles.
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter to Togo? Yes.
  • A valid U.S. passport with at least 2 available pages, a Togolese Visa and a Yellow Fever vaccination are required. If you are traveling to Lomé, you must follow these steps before your departure. Visit New Travel Procedures for more information.
  • You can apply for a Togolese Visa at the Togolese Embassy in Washington DC by visiting their official website or, the visa may be issued upon arrival in Lomé at Gnassingbé Eyadema International Airport (AIGE).
  • You should travel with 4 passport photos for the visa upon arrival at the airport in Lomé. The cost of the visa is $15,000 CFA (subject to change). Additional information can be found here.

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* GENERAL PROCEDURES:

  • We recommend that all travelers to and from Lomé take out medical or travel insurance when purchasing their ticket if they do not already have international health insurance.
  • All passengers travelling to Lomé must show documentary proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 3 days of traveling. You will be asked for the results of the test at boarding. The document containing proof of negative test results must also be uploaded as part of completing the traveller declaration form. Only passengers whose results are negative are allowed to travel. Details on testing can be found here.
  • On arrival at Lomé Airport/LFW, all passengers will be subject to another mandatory COVID-19 PCR test at the terminal. They are therefore required to fill the online traveler declaration form available here and use the same platform to pay for the test before departure.
  • Passengers who fail to comply with the above will be refused boarding.
  • All passengers who just arrived in Togo must install the contact tracing mobile application TOGO SAFE, and keep it activated for the entire duration of their stay or for at least 30 days.

Use the links below to download the TOGO SAFE app on your device:

App Store (iPhone): Here

Huawei AppGallery (Android): Here

Google Play (Android): Here

  • Failure to comply with the obligation to install this application will result in the traveler being placed under quarantine in a state-provided containment facility for at least 14 days. The traveler will bear all associated costs.
  • Individuals in self-isolation/quarantine must follow the strict rules it entails and maintain the TOGO SAFE app activated while waiting for their COVID-19 PCR test results.
  • In accordance with Law No. 2009-007 of 15 May 2009 on the Public Health Code of the Togolese Republic, failure to comply with the rules of self-isolation/quarantine is punishable by a fine or by the transfer of the non-compliant individual to a state-provided containment facility at the individual’s expense or both.

* PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO LOME:

  • Carry out your COVID-19 PCR test. You must upload the results of your test as part of completing the traveler declaration form. You will be asked to show the results of the test at boarding. Only passengers who received a negative test result no more than 5 days prior to departure will be allowed to travel.
  • Complete the traveler declaration form at least 24 hours before your departure to Togo. The form is available here.
  • Pay for the mandatory COVID-19 PCR test which you will carry out on arrival at Lomé Airport/LFW. You can pay via Flooz, T-Money or major bank cards (VISA or Mastercard). An electronic receipt containing a QR Code serving as proof of payment will be sent to you by email following payment
  • Print out the electronic receipt which serves as a proof of payment or have the receipt ready to show on your phone. Airlines will check if you are in possession of this proof of payment at boarding. Without it, you will not be allowed to travel.

* ON ARRIVAL AT LOME AIRPOT YOU MUST:

  • Take the mandatory COVID-19 PCR test. The test will be performed by the laboratory dedicated to testing inbound passengers in Lomé, located in the current (new) terminal of Lomé Airport/LFW.
  • Download, install and activate the TOGO SAFE app before leaving Lomé airport for your place of residence. You must keep the app activated for the entire duration of your stay or for at least 30 days from your arrival in Togo. The app will prompt you to specify the location where you will self-isolate until the results of your COVID-19 PCR test are released.
  • If you refuse to install this application, you will be placed under quarantine in a state-provided containment facility, and bear all associated charges.
  • To facilitate the activation of the application, a local SIM card is provided free of charge if you do not have one. The phone number associated with the SIM card must be used to activate the application. TOGO SAFE.
  • Stay home and self-isolate until you receive your COVID-19 PCR test results by SMS and email. Results may take up to 24 hours to be ready.
  • Travelers who test positive will be confined in the Hotel until they have two negative COVID tests in succession. The traveler must bear all associated costs.
  • While in Togo, remember to practice preventative measures (wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing of 6 feet, washing hands regularly, etc.) and all the measures outlined by the Togolese Government to halt the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

* PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGERS DEPARTING FROM LOME:

  • Fill out the traveler declaration form and pay the fee for the COVID-19 PCR test, which must be completed 72 hours prior to departure. Click here to access the form online.
  • Pay for the COVID-19 PCR test using either Flooz, T-Money, or major bank cards (VISA or Mastercard). An electronic receipt containing a QR Code as proof of payment is sent to you by email after payment.
  • Print out the electronic receipt which serves as proof of payment.
  • 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 (subject to change).  All passengers, including infants and children, now require testing before boarding a flight.
  • Your test results are sent to you by SMS and email within 24 hours. (Please make sure you enter a valid email address while completing the traveler declaration form to ensure that you receive your test results.)
  • Travelers who test positive may be placed under strict quarantine until they test negative. The traveler must bear all associated costs.
  • Airline companies undertake to change the tickets of passengers who test positive and their accompanying persons free of charge.
  • If you are permitted to travel, remember to practice preventative measures (wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing of 2m, washing hands regularly, etc.) and all the restrictive measures set out by the destination country’s government.

Source: Voyage.gouv

Source: CDC

  • Is a curfew in place? YES – The curfews implemented on January 17, 2021 by the GOT in the Savanes prefectures of Tone, Kpendjal, West Kpendjal, and Tanjouare remain in effect with no end date.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? NO (Subject to change)
  • 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.

Source: Covid-19.gouv

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • You should expect to spend one to two days under personal quarantine at a hotel or private residence in Lomé. You should limit your contact with anyone during this time. After this period, if it is determined by the Togo Ministry of Health from your nasal swab that you may have COVID-19, you will be required to quarantine for 10 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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Lomé will not intervene in a Togo required quarantine unless the quarantine exceeds 21 days and you have submitted to at least three nasal swab tests during quarantine.
  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Currently six airlines are operating in Lome, see their schedules below.

Ethiopian Airlines

Flights from Lomé – Arrival in destination the same day.

To Addis – Everyday

To Newark – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

JFK – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Flights from U.S.

Newark – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday (late evening departure and arrival in Lomé the following day)

JFK – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (late evening departure and arrival in Lomé the following day)

Air France (Direct flights are temporarily scheduled two hours earlier to avoid conflict with the curfew for the next two weeks).

Flights from Lomé – Arrival in Paris the next morning.

To Paris – Tuesday and Sunday.

Via Niamey – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Flight from U.S. via Paris – Arrival in Lome the same day, many origins in the US possible, departing the evening before.

Direct – Tuesday and Sunday.

Via Niamey – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Brussels Air

Flights from Lome – Arrival in Brussels the next morning.

Thursday and Sunday.

Flights from US via Brussels – Arrival in Lome the same day, many origins in the US possible departing the evening before

Friday and Sunday

ASKY (Currently operating in 20+ countries)

Abidjan – Everyday

Accra – Everyday (several options)

Bamako – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Bangui – Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Bissau – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Brazzaville – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Conakry – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Cotonou – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Dakar – Everyday (several options)

Douala – Everyday

Freetown – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Kinshasa – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Libreville – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Monrovia – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

N’djamena – Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Niamey – Everyday

Ouagadougou – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Yaounde – Monday, Saturday

Air Cote d’Ivoire

Daily flights to and from Abidjan

Burkina Air

Ouagadougou – Wednesday and Saturday

Cotonou – Wednesday

Air Maroc has not resumed operations.

  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Services continue with reduced passengers. All moto-taxis and their passengers must wear face masks per government decree.

The U.S. Embassy in Togo is currently providing all regular consular services, although appointments are limited.

To schedule an appointment for American Citizen Services, follow this link.

To schedule a non-immigrant visa interview

  1. Complete the DS-160 form here.
  2. Schedule an appointment here.

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.

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