Threat level: Medium
The current travel advice for Togo is to be aware and stay vigilant during visits to the country. There is a general threat of terrorism, attacks could occur without warning and may target western tourists. The country also has a high rate of serious crime therefore it is important to take basic security precautions during travel in Togo.
Recent Security Risk Events
Togo is currently experiencing some political instability with protests frequently occurring and sometimes turning violent. Lomé is most at risk of political demonstrations. When travelling to Lomé and other densely populated areas of the country you should avoid large gatherings when possible.
Violent crime is common in many areas of Togo. Lomé beaches and markets areas experience high rates of theft and assaults. Attacks can happen during daylight as well as at night, and tourists are often targeted as they present as vulnerable targets. It is advised not to travel alone anywhere in Togo and stick to the city limits if possible.
There is also an increasing rate of car hijackings, occasionally involving armed perpetrators. You should avoid travelling into rural areas and seek police advice before travel.
Togo gained its independence from France in 1960, but the two countries still share a friendly diplomatic relationship with each other. Togo pursues an active foreign policy and has membership in many international organizations such as the African Union.
Road conditions in the country are generally very poor with little or no lighting. This makes it extremely dangerous to drive at night time and accidents more prevalent. The driving standards of other road users is not high and drivers are often erratic with little regard for others on the road.
The licence policy is very relaxed with many driving vehicles as they please. You should bear this in mind when travelling and be aware of others on the road. You can drive in Togo with most foreign driving licences.
Be aware of the threat of banditry and hijackings in rural areas of Togo. Driving at night is highly advised against.