Togo Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 27, 2005
This Travel Warning is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the current unrest in Togo following the strongly contested presidential election on April 24, and to alert them to ongoing safety and security concerns.
Due to the unsettled security situation and sporadic post-election violence, on April 26, 2005, the Department of State authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and all eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel. The Department urges U.S. citizens to defer travel to Togo, and asks those Americans already in Togo to evaluate carefully their personal security when deciding whether to depart. This Travel Warning replaces the Public Announcement issued on April 22, 2005.
In recent weeks, some regions in Togo, and especially the capital Lome, have experienced election-related violence. Land borders are intermittently closed. Protests and sporadic violence occur throughout the country.
Americans have not been specifically targeted to date by any violence, but anti-foreigner sentiment is building. The U.S. Embassy has received reports of several incidents of people being harassed because they were presumed to be French. On April 21, the United Nations authorized all non-essential personnel to leave Togo.
The U.S. Embassy has instituted a curfew for all remaining American personnel from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. and encourages all Americans in Lome to observe this curfew as well. U.S. Embassy personnel continue to observe heightened security precautions at work and in public places. Travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas of Lome and surrounding suburbs is restricted.
U.S. citizens who remain in Togo despite this Travel Warning should consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for Togo and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may also obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States or Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from overseas. American citizens in Togo who are in need of assistance should telephone the Embassy at (228) 221-2992.
U.S. citizens visiting or resident in Togo are urged to register and update their contact information at the U.S. Embassy in Lome or by completing a registration form on-line at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp. The U.S. Embassy in Lome may close temporarily for general business from time to time to review its security posture. The Embassy is located at the intersection of Rue Kouenou and Rue Beniglato, Lome; telephone 228-221-2991; fax 228-221-7952; website http://lome.usembassy.gov/.