Togo Country Report
Bureaucratic inertia, corruption, patronage, shortage of skilled workers and inadequate infrastructure pose challenges to the business environment. A decline in anti-government street protests since legislative elections in December 2018 reduces the likelihood of disruption to transport and cargo movements, although ongoing public-sector strikes over pay and conditions pose continued risks to business operations.
Gulf of Guinea piracy risks are increasing. A tanker was hijacked 20 miles off Lomé port in March 2019 and three Romanian crew members abducted. This follows the hijacking of four tankers in Beninese waters in 2018 and January 2019. In May 2018, a lone pirate attempted to board a vessel 140 nautical miles south of Lomé but was thwarted by crew members. Security forces are often slow to respond to attacks. Jihadist groups in West Africa pose moderate risks of gun attacks on venues popular with expatriates in Lomé and in northern Togo.
Civil war risks have receded after anti-government protests lost momentum in the aftermath of legislative elections which, although boycotted by the main opposition, went ahead peacefully in December 2018. Inter-state war risks are low as Togo enjoys good relations with its neighbours, with which it participates in border security operations against contraband and terrorism-related activities.
Vaccinations required to enter the country
Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for all travelers over one year of age entering the country.
Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.
Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.
Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).
Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).
Rabies: For prolonged stays in an isolated region (for children from when they can walk).
Meningococcal Meningitis: For prolonged stays, or in case your travels will put you in close contact with a local population affected by an epidemic of the disease (for children over the age of two years).
Malaria: Recommended preventive medication - mefloquine (sometimes marketed as Lariam) or doxycycline (sometimes marketed as Vibramycin).
For Children: All standard childhood immunizations should be up-to-date. In the case of a long stay, the BCG vaccine is recommended for children over one month and the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine for children over nine months.
The rainy season lasts from April to October in the south of the country and from April to June in the north. Between mid-September and mid-October there is a second, shorter rainy season. The rest of the year the weather is dry although days are often cloudy, particularly when the Harmattan, a desert wind, passes through the country. The central regions of Togo are cooler, especially around Mount Klouto.
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