The official language of Togo is French. This is the language used in legal and commercial activities. However, there are also the vernacular languages of Ewe and Mina, which are used in the south, and of Kabye and Dagomba, which are used in the north.
The currency of Togo is the West African franc, which is also the currency of seven other independent African states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, and Senegal. You can freely use this currency in each of these nations, although those leaving the region should exchange their local currency to US dollars, euro, or pounds sterling. ATMs are limited to Lome. It is best to withdraw money from a bank. Credit cards are accepted in large hotels in Togo, with Visa currently the most universally accepted. Cash should always be carried, however.
The time zone for Togo is GMT since it lies on the exact same line of longitude as London, UK. Daylight saving is not observed in Togo.
Electricity in Togo runs at 220-240V/50Hz variable. You may need a transformer if your electrical appliance differs from this standard (most North American appliances run at 110-120V). The nation uses a rounded, two-pinned European style plug with no grounding pin. There is also the types E and F styles of plug in use, also commonly found in Europe. You will need an adaptor if your plug does not meet these standards.
The international dialing code for Togo is +228. The cellular telephone network is expanding in Togo, although is by no means extensive. You will get adequate coverage in cities, although expect less, if any, cover in isolated areas. The landline telephone network is developed, connecting all cities and towns. It is only known to experience problems during the rainy season when physical cables are damaged and take time to be repaired. There is a limited high-speed broadband network in Togo, with most connections in Lome. Internet cafés are common here.
Duty-free goods can be purchased at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport. If you are travelling to the US, you are allowed to import one liter of alcohol and 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or four pounds of tobacco.
Office National Togolais du Tourisme: http://www.togo-tourisme.com
Consulates in Togo
American Embassy, Lome: +11-228-221-2994 Canadian Consulate, Lome: +11-228-251-8730 French Embassy, Lome: +11-228-223-4600
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