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Togo Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time in Togo is GMT.

Electricity

The electrical current in Togo is 220-240 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs are standard.

Language

The official language in Togo is French, but Ewe and Mina are spoken (especially in the south), as well as Kabiye and Dagomba (mainly in the north).

Travel Health

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all visitors to Togo over the age of one year. Insect protection is essential to combat insect-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria, which are both prevalent countrywide, while a prophylactic that hasn't shown signs of being resisted in the area is also recommended. Hepatitis A, polio and typhoid vaccinations are recommended. Bilharzia is present and it's best to avoid swimming in freshwater. African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), meningococcal disease and rabies can also occur.

Tap water is to be avoided unless boiled, filtered or disinfected with chemicals, but it remains safest to just drink bottled water. Avoid drinks with ice and any dairy product made from milk, as the latter is probably unpasteurised. Medical facilities are poor and travel insurance for evacuation is recommended, as is a supply of basic medication for common ailments such as travellers' diarrhoea or headaches.

Tipping

A 10 percent tip is customary in the more upmarket eateries and hotels. Guides may expect a gratuity of around five to 10 percent.

Safety Information

Civil unrest can occasionally occur and it's recommended that foreigners steer clear of these demonstrations, as some have been targeted by demonstrators. Pick pocketing, theft and carjackings are common in Lomé, especially on the seafront. It's best to travel in groups, especially at night, and the area near the Hotel Sarakawa should be avoided. Roads can be hazardous and some taxis poorly maintained, so care should be taken. Border entry and exit points can be opened and closed without warning, and roadblocks (official and unofficial) can occur, even in city centres. Vehicles and passport or identity documents can be subject to checks by military and police.

Local Customs

Voodoo and animism are central to Togolese indigenous beliefs, sharing roughly the same percentage of followers as Islam or Christianity. While the practice of voodoo can be a real culture shock, visitors should respect local customs, as well as religious ceremonies and festivals. Beachwear should be restricted to pools and beaches, and casual, practical clothing is the most appropriate. Women should dress modestly in the more Muslim-dominated areas.

Business

Togo is a relatively relaxed country and it's acceptable to dress casually to some smaller business meetings. But at formal business meetings, it is advisable to wear a suit. French is the official language of business and very few people speak English. Business cards are commonplace. Office hours are 7am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Communications

The international dialling code for Togo is +228. Mobile phone signal is strongest around urban centres and WiFi is found at most middle to high range establishments in urban areas. Two of the bigger mobile providers are Moov and Togocel.

Duty Free

Visitors may import 10 packs of cigarettes or 50 cigarillos or 250g tobacco, as well as one bottle of wine, one bottle of spirits, one bottle of eau de toilette and one bottle of perfume.

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