Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Authorities in Togo to resume air travel from Aug. 1 State of health emergency remains in place through August 16 due to COVID-19.
- Alert Begins: 31 Jul 2020 11:57 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 17 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least Aug. 16
- Impact: Travel and business restrictions
Authorities in Togo have announced that international and domestic flights will resume as of Aug. 1. Several measures have been introduced to support the resumption of flights as part of the nation's efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). All travelers must undertake a COVID-19 test on arrival in and prior to departure from Togo at their own expense. Travelers transiting Togo are exempt from this requirement. Travelers must also download and install the "Togo Safe" smartphone application prior to arrival.
The nationwide state of health emergency remains in place through Aug. 16 . Authorities, however, had eased some COVID-19 restrictions starting in early June. In addition lifting the nightly 2200-0500 curfew, officials reopened all cities under lockdown restrictions. Places of worship have been allowed to partially reopen as from July 17.
Restrictions that remain in place include:
- All residents must wear protective face coverings when in public.
- All land borders are closed; cargo and humanitarian transport is unaffected.
- Increased screening measures are in place at high-risk overland border crossing points with state security monitoring travel on major roads.
- Social distancing measures and restrictions on public gatherings are in force.
- All academic activities suspended until further notice.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Background and Analysis
The measures the government of Togo has taken are similar to actions taken by other West African states in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.