Safety and Security
You are urged to avoid political rallies and street demonstrations and maintain security awareness at all times. Togo experiences periodic violence, strikes, and political tensions, especially during the lead-up to elections. Land borders with Ghana and Benin are sometimes shut down during elections for any of these three countries. The March 2010 Presidential election was largely non-violent with only minor incidents reported during the period. Since June 2011, Togo has also experienced student protests in Lomé, Kara, and Dapaong. These protests have sometimes turned violent, prompting the universities to close for days or weeks. The most recent election in July 2013 was generally considered peaceful and a success. However, protests and demonstrations by opposition groups periodically occur with little or no notice.
Armed robbery at sea and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea remain threats for the Government of Togo and its regional neighbors. While governments and regional organizations have taken some steps to combat the issues, concern remains over the reported number of incidents and level of violence of acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea. If you are visiting any coastal areas in Togo, you should be alert to the threats of armed robbery at sea and piracy and move inland if you detect a potential threat. If you are caught in such an attack, you should comply immediately with any demands made by the aggressors and avoid any action that could be interpreted as an attempt to escape.