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TOGO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE

For more information email OMA Togo

Update 3rd April 2020

Please note that customs clearance time is extended to 72 hours minimum (8 working days) at the Port and 24 hours minimum (4 working days) at the Airport.  To avoid further deiays please ensure all documents are sent 72 hours prior to the arrival of a shipment
This is following the measures taken for working online by parties involved in the port and at the airport due to the COVID-19 restrictions (Customs, Lomé Container Terminal, Togo Terminal, Liner agencies, Port Management, airport handlers),   Thank you.

Update 2nd April 2020

  • The OMA office is operational but with staff home-working internet connections can be unreliable to there may be a short delay on responses.  The Port and other agencies are working with fewer staff so this will likely also impact response times
  • The Togolese government yesterday decreed a curfew from 2000hrs PM to 0600hrs AM LT, starting from April 2, 2020 for a period of 3 months. This will have an impact on port activities such as the movement of ships and the slowing down of discharging/loading operations.   
  • Local transport is limited out of town and for border crossings, however vessel movements in port and STS transfers are permitted and the port is fully open.   
  • No crew changes are permitted.
  • The documents mentioned below in red are required at least 72 hours prior to arrival for all vessels calling at Lomé port.

Source: OMA Togo / Port Authority

Update 1st April 2020

ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TOGO

  • State of health emergency for a period of three months
  • Introduction of a curfew from 2 April 2020 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. * time amended to 8pm on 2nd April
  • Creation of a special anti-pandemic force composed of 5000 men.
  • A cash transfer programme for the most vulnerable will be launched in the coming days.
  • Free water and electricity for social groups for three months.
  • Reflection in progress to support Togolese companies
  • Reflection on the situation of young entrepreneurs who have just launched their activities
  • Introduction of specific accompanying measures to support agricultural production and ensure food self-sufficiency
  • Ongoing discussions with the private sector with a view to the adoption of measures to support consumption, production and safeguarding employment
  • Study by the government of the tax situation of companies, especially those most exposed to the consequences of the crisis
  • Creation of a National Solidarity and Economic Recovery Fund of 400 billion CFA Francs

Update dated 23rd March 2020

Lome Port Authority Update

Port operations continue for cargo vessels in port and offshore including STS.    The Port Authorities of Togo advise that :

Any person disembarking at the port of Lomé or transiting through Togo in order to embark on board a ship will be subject to a compulsory isolation of 14 days.

All vessels calling at Lomé, both offshore and in the port, must send the following documents at least 72 hours prior to arrival.  In cases where this is not possible documents must be sent immediately on leaving the previous port of call.

  • Crew list – this must state crew embarkation port/Country and date.
  • Maritime Declaration of Health
  • Last 10 ports of call

Port Health will attend vessels arriving from affected countries, in order to disinfect the vessel first before any other persons embark to carry out their assigned jobs.

In the event of a person being contaminated or showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, the port health authorities must immediately be called and an assessment of the state of health of the people on board will be carried out. Either they will be asked to remain confined to their cabins, or they will be disembarked and quarantined at the hospital CHU Campus de Lomé (Bd. Gnassingbé Eyadéma, Campus, Cité OUA – 03 BP 30284-Lomé-TG).

Source: Lome Port Authority

 
 
For further reference:
 
GOVERNMENT COMMUNIQUE *****
Communiqué du gouvernement- Coronavirus

As part of the measures planned by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the following additional measures are taken:

 
1. The closure for two weeks, as of this Friday, March 20, 2020 at midnight of all the land borders of our country to passengers. This measure does not apply to the movement of goods.
 
2. The closure of certain cities, in particular Lomé, Tsévié, Kpalimé and Sokodé, from Saturday March 21, 2020 at 6 am, with strict controls at the entrances near Tsévié on the national road N ° 1; of the Aného toll booth on the national road N ° 2 and of Amoussou-Copé on the national road N ° 5.
 
3. The prohibition until further notice of frequentation by any person of the beach along the coast.
 
4. The closure for one month of places of worship, churches and mosques, starting on Saturday March 21, 2020 at 6 a.m.
 
5. The immediate closure of all public, private and denominational, primary, secondary and university schools for a period of three (03) weeks.
 
6. Funerals and burials may not bring together more than 15 people, until further notice.
 
7. All sellers in the markets must wear protective masks.
 
8. Mass cultural and sporting activities are suspended until further notice.
 
9. The immediate closure of nightclubs throughout the national territory. The Government invites the population to be more careful in public places and during social activities, in particular respect for the hygiene measures recommended and to limit unnecessary travel. It appeals to everyone’s understanding, good citizenship and sense of responsibility for the effective implementation of all these measures.
 
Anyone who violates these measures faces severe penalties.
 
Lomé March 20, 2020                                                                              
Source: Togolese Government
 
 

Update dated: 19th March 2020

We have been informed of below notification by the local government of Togo
(Free translation of Conseil des ministres Tg)

STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTERIAL MEETING – MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020

  1. From Friday 20th March 2020 – Suspension for two weeks of all air routes from high-risk countries, namely: Italy, France, Spain and Germany.
  2. Cancellation of all international events scheduled to take place in Togo for three weeks from 16 March 2020.
  3. Suspension of non-essential official missions to high-risk countries, as of today 16 March 2020.
  4. Compulsory self-isolation for 14 days for any person arriving in Togo and having stayed in a high-risk country. In case of non-compliance with self-isolation, strong sanctions are foreseen.
  5. The Government advises against travelling to countries where the pandemic is declared.
  6. A ban on any assembly of more than 100 people throughout the country for one month, starting at midnight on Thursday 19 March 2020.
  7. Reinforcement of surveillance and individual and collective prevention and protection measures: washing hands with soap, using hydroalcoholic gel, not shaking hands when greeting each other, avoiding hugs and kisses, etc.
  8. For urgent actions, the Government is releasing the sum of two (02) billion CFA francs.
  9. Administrative, traditional, military and religious authorities and the entire population must contribute to the implementation of these measures, which are necessary for all.

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We recommend all travellers to postpone their trip to Togo until further notice.

Source: Togo Government
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