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Jun 29, 2007
Togo Travel Warnings

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with an amendment to the Summary and Political Situation section (elections). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

There has been severe flooding in the north-eastern region of Savanes. The flooding is likely to have affected local road conditions and may increase the threat of waterborne diseases. If you intend to travel to the affected area, you should seek and follow advice from the local authorities.

There is no formal British representation in Togo. In case of an emergency you should contact the British High Commission in Accra, Ghana. See the Contact Details of this advice for more details.

Legislative elections are scheduled for 14 October 2007. During the electoral period you should keep abreast of local developments and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. You should be aware that land borders with Ghana, Burkina Faso and Benin will be closed at 6pm on 13 October and re-open at either 6pm on 14 or 6am on 15 October.

There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

You need a visa to enter Togo. Overstaying on your visa without proper authority is a serious matter and can lead to detention or refused permission to leave the country until a fine is paid. See the Entry Requirements section of this advice for more details.

The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Togo in 2006 was for replacing lost and stolen passports. Crime is common in some areas of Lome. Car-jackings have also been reported.

We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake. See the General (Insurance) section of this advice and Travel Insurance for more details.
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