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Travel Advisory: Togo - Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions)

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Exercise normal precautions in Togo. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Level 3 Areas - Reconsider Travel To:

  • Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism.

Level 2 Areas - Exercise Increased Caution In:

  • The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Togo:

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Togo.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Northern Border Region – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Extremist groups have carried out attacks in adjacent areas of Burkina Faso. Attacks may occur with little or no warning.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in areas north and northeast of the city of Dapaong, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to these areas. 

To see a map of these regions, click HERE.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

The Cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

There is a history of violent demonstrations in Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango, during which protesters and security force members have been injured and killed. Security forces, at times, have used excessive force to disperse crowds and arrest demonstrators. Police have used tear gas to disperse rallies, causing traffic disruptions in city centers and along National Route 1. Authorities have interrupted internet and cellular data services during past protests, making communication difficult and unpredictable. 

Last Update: Reissued with updates to information about Northern Border Region.