Visa to Togo
Most foreign nationals can enter Togo only with a visa. Visas are issued at Togo's diplomatic missions abroad or upon arrival. Togo has the option to apply online for a temporary visitor visa, which makes the application process easier. This electronic visa allows you to enter the country and has much in common with a regular visa, except that you do not need to visit an embassy or consulate to get a stamp or mark in your passport. By filling out a simple online form to request a visa to Togo, you can get a visa for up to 90 days, greatly increasing your flexibility and length of stay in the country. It takes up to 3 weeks to review, apply and process your visa. For stays exceeding 90 days, you must obtain the appropriate visa in advance from the embassy.
For a regular visa, you need to apply at the Togolese embassy abroad. Togo's visa policy states that all foreign nationals can obtain a visa on arrival, with the exception of Mauritanian passport holders. Togo's visa on arrival can be applied for at visa issuance points at Lomé International Airport or at major border crossings. The visa on arrival is issued on the day of entry and entitles you to stay in Togo for up to 7 days. If necessary, the stay can be extended up to 90 days at the Aliens and Passport Service in Lomé. For a visa on arrival, a valid passport, a ticket out of the country and payment of the state duty at the point of entry are sufficient.
Visa-free travel is available for citizens of ECOWAS member countries, as well as for holders of service and diplomatic passports of China and Russia. Such visitors can stay in Togo without a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens of visa-free countries may enter Togo without a visa for up to 90 days. For longer stays, a visa will be required in advance.
List of visa-free countries
List of countries eligible for a Togolese visa
Whether you need a visa to Togo:
Togo offers four types of visas for foreigners depending on the purpose of travel:
Allows foreign tourists to visit Togo or participate by invitation in meetings, fairs, seminars or conferences. Valid for up to 90 days
Allows permanent residence in Togo for professional or educational purposes, or for family reunification.
There are three subtypes of immigration visa:
- Study or internship
Once you have obtained an immigration visa, upon arrival in Togo, you must apply for a residence permit at the General Directorate of National Documentation.
An immigrant visa is valid for up to 90 days, renewable once. During this period, you must start the processing of your residence permit.
Allows to engage in certain professional activities (journalism, reporting, trade, etc.) or to work at the request of a partner registered in Togo for the realization of projects or temporary professional activities (construction, expertise).
The validity period is up to 90 days. But for company founders and important professionals it can be up to 1 year.
This is a free multiple-entry visa issued under bilateral agreements. It allows officials (government members, civil servants, executives) to carry out missions and official visits to Togo.
The duration of the courtesy visa is for the entire period of stay.
To obtain a visa to enter Togo, you must meet certain criteria and provide the following documents:
valid for at least 6 months from the date of planned entry
Completed visa application form
Two color photographs
Confirmation of accommodation booking
for the entire duration of the planned stay
Confirmation of purpose of travel
(invitation, travel voucher, etc.)
Proof of sufficient financial resources
at the rate of the subsistence minimum for each day
against yellow fever
Receipt for payment of state duty
visa processing fee
Questions and answers about visas to Togo:
What types of visas are available to enter Togo?
The main types of visas to enter Togo are tourist, business, study, work, transit and immigration visas. The choice of visa depends on the purpose of travel.
How long is the validity of a tourist visa to Togo?
The standard validity of a tourist visa for Togo is up to 30 days. If necessary, the stay can be extended up to 90 days.
Where can I apply for a Togo visa?
A Togo visa can be applied for at the embassy or consulate of Togo. It is also possible to apply for a visa on arrival at Lomé International Airport if you have all the necessary documents.
Do Russian citizens need a visa to enter Togo?
Russian citizens with diplomatic and service passports do not need a visa for a short-term stay in Togo. With an ordinary passport, a visa must be obtained.
How do I find out if my Togo visa processed at the embassy is ready?
To check the status of the visa application, you should call or email the embassy of Togo where the application was submitted.
What documents do I need to apply for a Togo visa?
The basic documents for a Togo visa are a completed application form, passport, photographs, proof of purpose of travel, tickets, insurance, proof of accommodation booking and financial security.
Can Togo's visa be extended?
Yes, most Togo visas can be extended by contacting the Togo Immigration and Emigration Service before the visa expires.
How long is a Togo visa valid upon arrival?
A visa on arrival at Lomé Airport is initially issued for 7 days, but can be extended up to 90 days.
Do I need a transit visa when transferring at Lomé airport?
If the transit period does not exceed 24 hours, a transit visa is not required to transfer at Lomé Airport.
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