Getting a Visa for Togo

As most will find out, if they spend enough time in the region, getting visas in West Africa isn’t exactly easy.  Most African countries make it difficult for people to get visas on the idea that we in the West make it difficult for them.  As a result, getting visas for some African states can be a challenge.  Togo, however, might be a bit of an exemption to the rule.  Getting a visa for Togo is very straight forward and completely possible upon arrival.

Lome

Getting your visa for Togo at a land border

Whether you’re coming from Benin or Ghana, the process is incredibly simple.  They’ll have a sheet with the price of a visa per country.  For some reason, Canadians were more expensive.  I paid 15,000 CFA (30USD) for my visa, but most other nationalities had to pay 10,000.  You’ll fill out a form and then they’ll stamp your passport and put a visa sticker in it.

This visa is only good for 7 days.  However, it’s possible to extend it in Lome fairly easily.

Getting your visa for Togo at the airport

Basically, getting your visa at the airport in Lome is the same process as at the land border although it might feel a touch more legit.  Again, if you do it this way you’ll only be given 7 days, which is essentially a transit visa.

Getting your Visa for Togo at Home or Other African Countries

The advantage of getting a visa for Togo at home rather than at a border or an airport is that you’ll be given a month or two right off the bat without having to go and extending.  Of course, doing it this way can be a bit of a pain as well.  And the truth is that you’ll likely pay way more in visa fees doing it this way.  Although the biggest benefit of doing things this way it that you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you don’t need to do anything else regarding your visa while you’re in Togo.

A good alternative is to go to the Togolese embassy somewhere like Cotonou or Accra where processing time will likely only be a day or two and wont cost you too much either.

Extending your visa for Togo

Extending your visa is really easy.  Basically, you just need to head to the immigration office in Lome and bring a couple passport photocopies and photos.  You’ll have to do some paperwork, but they’ll extend you up to a month for free.

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19 Comments

  1. Do you have address for Immigration Office in Lome?

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    • I don’t, but it’s easy enough to find. It’s in the neighbourhood of Kodjoviakope. Then if memory serves correct it was on the corner of Rue du Moyen-Mono and Charite. If not, it’s no more than a block from there and everyone seems to know it. I went completely blind, and just drove down Boulevard du Moyen-Mono (the highway) asking at the stalls and was pointed there. Everyone knows it.

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  2. Hi Brendan,

    I am South African and will be in DRC for a few days and then on to Abidjan. Our flights have changed and we are now no longer flying directly to Ivory Coast but via Togo. A “technical stopover” in Lome of 1hour and 30min…. I was told that i could purchase a transit visa at the airpot? I have also read that you get what is known as TWOV (Transit Without Visa). TWOV is permissible for travellers continuing their trip by the same or first connecting plane within 24 hours without leaving the airport.

    Would our luggage not pass through immigration once landed? Or is it a case of getting your luggage and just board the connecting flight?

    Would you say that this is accurate information? Would appreciate your assistance

    Wayne

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    • Wayne, I wish I knew the answer to your question, but I can’t be certain.
      Is your flight with two different airlines or the same one? If it’s one airline, then they’ll likely just pass the luggage across for you and it would work as a layover in Togo.
      I also believe that you can get a transit visa at the airport without a problem. I’m guessing you’ll be fine. If you’re with the same airline both flights, or partner airlines, your luggage will go right through and you’ll not even have to go through immigration at all. If you’re on two different airlines, you’ll likely have to go through immigration in which case they’ll give you a transit visa or a TWOV as you mentioned.
      To find out exactly the process, ask the clerk when you check into your first flight.

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      • Thank you for taking the time to respond.

        Wayne

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  3. My name ips Muhammad I want to vist in Togo but I have not visa plié help me how to get visa on ari al . Best regards

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  4. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to driving over Togo!

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  5. Does your passport need to be a valid for a year after date of departure to get a visa for Togo? Also, is it easy to get a visa at the border between Burkina Faso and Togo, if you are travelling by bus from Ouagadougou to Lome?

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    • What did you find out Lara? I’m in burkina faso hoping to take bus to Lome this sunday.

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  6. Brendan, I am in Burkina Faso now. 2016 December. Can I just go to Togo border now and get visa? Not sure when your post was.

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    • Not sure, Jason. It’s been years now since I’ve been. Wish I could help with current info.

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    • Hi Jason,

      Im in burkina heading to togo this sunday, did you have any problems getting visa at border?

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  7. Getting Visa for Togo at Burkina Faso and Benin Border was no Problem in December and mid of January respectively. CFA 10000, each valid for 7 dass.

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    • Thanks for the update.

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  8. Hi. Thanks for the informative article. I hope it’s ok with a quick question: do you think I will need a visa / transit visa if my flight just makes a quick technical stop there? Like for an hour or so? Thanks and regards from Norway.

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    • No, I can’t imagine you would. You’ll be fine.

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  9. I am passing through Togo (Lome) from the U.S. on a connecting flight. Its a 1 hour layover. Im wondering will I need a yellow fever certificate just passing through the airport?

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  10. Hi Brendan,

    Firstly, congratulations on your travels, photography and website – wonderful indeed. I share the same passion for travel, but haven’t got down to putting my writing/photos down so systematically yet. Thanks for the very useful practical information too.

    I’m about to head to West Africa, and was wondering if you could help me with a few visa queries? While my main initial destination will be Ghana, for which I now have a visa, I’m also planning a couple of weeks in other countries, like Togo, Benin, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mauritania. For Togo and Benin, I keep reading/hearing that a visa on arrival is easy, cheaper and definitely available – something you’ve said too – but the Togo embassy here in Delhi, India, says I must absolutely get the visa from them – easy too, but ~USD 60. What would you advise? I also enquired/browsed around for the VTE (Visa Touristique Entente) – a combined visa for Togo, Benin, Burkina, Niger and Ivory Coast – but no one seems to know anything certain about it. Any idea? Finally, do you know if I can get transit visas at the airports in Abidjan and Bamako? I plan to take flights that will give me about 10-12 hours each in these places, and I thought it would be nice to step out and see a bit of these cities – but if I take regular visas for Ivory Coast and Mali from their embassies here – the process is time-consuming and expensive. A cheaper, quicker transit visa would be so much nicer. Lastly, any idea about whether a Mauritania visa on arrival is possible? I heard it is, but there is no Mauritania embassy here and I can’t ascertain it?

    Many thanks in advance.

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  11. Hi Brendan,

    Thank you so much for this helpful article. I’m planning to visit Togo for a couple of days via Benin. I was originally going to take a flight on October 30 (Monday), but there don’t appear to be any flying from Cotonou to Lomé. Since I’ll have to go by car or bus, do you know which land border I should head to? And do you have any experience with obtaining a VOA by land? I’m worried that low-traffic land borders may not have the visa forms, and want to be prepared.

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