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Togo - Facts for the traveller, when to go, events

Facts for the traveller for Togo

Fishermen in Aneho, Togo's colonial capital until 1920 Visas: Everyone except nationals of the member countries of ECOWAS must have a visa to visit Togo. Proof of yellow-fever vaccination is required for entry at the airport, though it's not usually checked at land crossings.
Health risks: Yellow Fever, Cholera, Malaria, Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia)
Dialling Code: 228
Electricity: 220V ,50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

When to Go to Togo

Generally speaking, the choicest time to visit Togo is during the cooler period from November through February. The period from March to May can be a real scorcher, and it's immediately followed by a rainy season that lasts until October. December to the end of February is the dry season, but the skies are often dusty with the harmattan winds. If you're sticking close to the coastline, December to March is the area's 'tourist season,' such as it is (which it isn't, really, these days). Crowds are thicker than in other seasons but still aren't much to fret over.

Togo Events

If you're in Togo during the second week in September, the Guin Festival in Glidji is not to be missed. Beginning that Thursday, the townspeople celebrate with four days of parading, dancing, drinking and other rituals both sacred and profane. Voodoo is the local religion, so people going into trances is a common, albeit bizarre, sight.

Public Holidays

1 January - New Year's Day

13 January - Meditation Day

24 January - Day of Victory

March or April - Easter holidays, Ras as-Sana, Tabaski

27 April - Independence Day

1 May - Labour Day

May or June - Ascention, Whit Monday

June or July - Eid al-Moulid

21 June - Day of the Martyrs

15 August - Assumption

1 November - All Saints' Day

25 December - Christmas

December or January - Eid al-Fitr

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