QUICK TRIP TIPS
- From the missionary — January 6, 2014
“We are so excited that the Next Steps 2014 has decided to come to the beautiful nation of Togo, West Africa. We are working hard to get things ready for your arrival! We know that you are also preparing for your upcoming trip across the Atlantic. Hopefully, the following information will be of help to you.
- Visa — VERY IMPORTANT: All US and Canadian citizens must obtain a visa for Togo in order to enter Togo. This is mandatory. If you are a US citizen, you can request a 90- day multiple-entry visa. They become effective the day they are issued. As a result, you should plan to purchase your visa 3 weeks prior to your departure date. (Any sooner and your visa would expire before your Next Step trip is over; any later and you may not get your passport back before departing for Togo.)Note: You must have an up-to-date yellow-fever immunization in order to obtain a visa, and you will want to be sure you have the immunization certificate with your passport. You WILL be asked to present this upon arrival at the airport.We’ve personally used http://togo.visahq.com/ to purchase our visas in the past, and appreciate their quick service and cheap prices.When submitting your visa application, you will need the following information:
I. Purpose of Travel: Tourism
II. Two references:
• Randy Adams, Villa B-81 Résidence du Benin, Lomé, Togo
• ADJINI K. Freeman, B.P. 20351, Lomé, Togo
- Immunizations — VERY IMPORTANT: All travelers must acquire a yellow-fever immunization. This can be obtained through your local health department. Yellow-fever immunizations are good for 10 years, so if you were immunized in the last 10 years, your shot is still valid. Other recommended, but not required by law, immunizations: Meningitis, Hepatitis A&B, and an updated Tetanus shot (note: many medical insurances will cover these immunizations if performed by your primary care physician and if the insurance company knows you will be traveling internationally). We recommend that you receive these shots, if you haven’t already, before arriving in Togo. It is a good idea to consult your doctor before you travel, especially if you have medical concerns.
Lodging — The missionary team will be managing all lodging accommodations during your trip. While in Lome you will be lodging at the SIL Guesthouse (SIL is a non- profit faith based organization that focus on the translation and language development materials). This is safe and secure facility where many of our AIMer’s have chosen to stay. The rooms come with kitchen access (refrigerator, gas stove, etc.), a common living room, and mosquito nets. All bathroom and bedroom linens are supplied. Any overnight stays outside the capital city of Lomé will have you staying in a local, clean hotel. We will share the complete information with you upon your arrival.
Attire — Please know that appearance is very important in African society. When out in public, you dress for the position in society you want to portray, not necessarily how you feel. For example, someone may be very poor, but if you see them on the street, you would never know because they will be dressed presentably (although, it may only be one of two outfits they own). As ministers of the gospel, you should dress accordingly. Nice but not extravagant. That being said, lightweight, ‘breathable’ clothes are the best.
- Church attire should include:
Men: Dress shirt, slacks/kakis, and a tie. No jacket is required. Please no shorts.
Women: Skirts that completely cover the knees (even when seated) and sleeves should preferably be to the elbow. Please no cap sleeves, culottes, or gauchos for church or casual.
- Attire for training sessions and excursions is business casual (remember, you are how you dress in Africa). Don’t forget you will be here during the rainy season.
- Chose your shoes with care. Many of the roads in Togo are dirt and some of the churches in Togo also have dirt floors.
- Please note, most of the missionary team does not wear much jean material. When the weather is hot and humid, jean tends to very uncomfortable.
- Though you may see much jewelry worn in the West African society, much of the jewelry worn here has some attachment to traditional worship and practice. Our church people in West Africa do not wear jewelry. Please respect this while in Togo.
To find out more, get our complete PDF.
- Church attire should include: