Country-specific safety information
Crime Theft, pickpocketing and robbery cannot be ruled out in the greater Lomé area, including against European travelers.
Be careful outside of guarded areas on the beach. After dark, the beach area should be avoided and walks should be avoided in the urban area of Lomé.
Road construction work and the resulting traffic jams are occasionally used to open unlocked car doors and for theft. Car doors should therefore always be locked.
Because of pedestrians and animals on the road and the often missing street and vehicle lights, night drives are risky and should be avoided if possible
Valuables (cash, checks and credit cards, cell phones, jewelry, watches, cameras, etc.) should not be carried outside the hotel if possible. Important documents (especially the passport, of which you should have a copy) should be carried on your body in a particularly theft-proof manner. In the event of robberies, it is strongly advised not to put up any resistance that could lead the perpetrators to uncontrolled counter-reactions.
In the event of a traffic accident, the police must always be called. In view of possible emotional threats, it can be advisable – regardless of the question of who caused the accident – not to remain at the scene of the accident, but to go to the nearest police station immediately. One should keep in mind that it could be an accident that could be used as a criminal offense.
1 CFA (Communauté Financiaire Africaine) Franc * = 100 Centimes. Currency abbreviation: CFA Fr, XOF (ISO code). Banknotes are in circulation to the value of 10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000 CFA Fr. Coins are available in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 CFA Fr.
Note: [*] The CFA Franc (XOF) is issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO, State Bank of West African States) and used by the 8 members of the African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. The CFA Franc (XAF) issued by the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC, State Bank of the Central African States) is not legal tender in Togo. The CFA Franc is pegged to the Euro.
All major international credit cards (but not Mastercard) are accepted by larger banks and hotels. At major banks in Lomé, cash can be withdrawn from ATMs using a credit card. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.
ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
There are no ATMs in Togo that work with an EC card.
Attention: Travelers who pay abroad with their bank customer card and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.
Bank opening times
Open Mon-Fri 7.30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.-4 p.m. / 5 p.m.
Foreign exchange regulations
Unrestricted import of local currency and foreign currencies, obligation to declare from the equivalent of 1 million CFA Fr.
Export of local currency up to 500,000 CFA Fr permitted. Unlimited export of foreign currencies in banknotes up to the amount declared on entry, other means of payment (travelers checks, letters of credit, etc.) that have been issued abroad in the name of the traveler.
Cash can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices in Lomé and other major cities. The redemption is generally possible outside of the countries of the “CFA Francs Zone”, but is associated with high exchange losses.
The official language is French in Togo, a country located in Africa according to medicinelearners. African languages like Kabyé, Mina and Ewé are used as colloquial languages.
The following articles can be imported into Togo duty-free (tourists from 18 years):
10 packs of cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 g tobacco;
1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine;
a bottle of eau de toilette and a bottle of perfume.
Especially in Lomé there are numerous nightclubs that also serve meals. Films in French and English are shown in the cinemas.