lome airport woes
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 10, 2013 4:40 AM Last Post By: hopesprings1
Aug 27, 2012 6:59 AM
lome airport woesDespite the best efforts by the government to eradicate it, Lome airport arrival and departures are beset by officials and policemen demanding money - but more in the departure process. I was happy to hear that the government did act on this and suspended some officials in June 2012. For a couple of months then on, it was okay. Now again, one finds the same harassment albeit in a much bigger magnitude - as if to recover the loss.
I hope this will be addressed for ever. the government cannot let its welcoming points give such tarnished image of the country,
Hence, an advice to fellow travellers, please decline firmly any such request by emigration, drug control, sundry policemen, etc at the airport.. And if you have to, carry small change in cfa, just in case you are forced to give or harassed.
Sep 5, 2012 11:15 AM
Sep 13, 2012 7:43 AM
Sep 17, 2012 2:02 PM
3I can assure you that the border crossings at the Togolese and Benin border were smooth and easy and no one tried to extort any form of bribes from me when I crossed over multiple times but can,t say the same about Ghana.
I flew in and out of Ghana a month ago and crossed into Togo and Benin and backtracked to Ghana to catch my flight home. Ghana was disappointing as I was asked for 'gift' or 'tips' not only at the border crossing but also at the airport when I was leaving. I was even asked to pay money when I went to the airport one night to retrieve my luggage which didn,t arrive from S.Africa.
6 times I was asked for money during the last 2 days in Ghana before heading home so that kinda soured the trip for me.
Sep 21, 2012 8:09 AM
Nov 8, 2012 10:37 AM
5Yeah, I have flown in and out of the Lome airport at least 6-8 times with zero problems. They do ask me to "get coffee" occasionally but a polite "my husband is standing over there" usually quiets that up. Secondly, I have never had a problem crossing into Togo with bribes, done it several, several times in the north at Dapaong and again at Aflao. However the second I stepped into Ghana my problems began. I took my car and I think every single official tried to overcharge me with extra "fees". They even offered to write me a receipt for this fee, even though it was a complete joke. Then I had one of the most scary moments of my life at a police checkpoint in Ghana. I don't even want to go into it but in an nutshell I got fake "arrested" and totally freaked out by the policeman's dangerous behavior. I don't doubt that Ghana is an incredible country with amazing people, but it seems their police (probably more these isolated rural ones) are completely out of control, worse than Mali even. At least in Mali and Togo I've found you can easily reason with them "come on sir, I pay my taxes, I'm a good citizen like you. I'm a student, how can I afford this.. etc." - You gotta be nice and talk to them, not just blow them off or get mad. But in Ghana there was no question - if I wasn't going to pay up, they were going to make my life a living hell. Maybe I just had "sucker" written on my forehead that day. We all just have different experiences but I've not had any issues in Togo. The only bribe I pay there on a regular basis is to the stupid Douane at the post office to get my packages from home.
Nov 9, 2012 4:08 AM
6Interesting to hear spoonfulofdandy - I had the option of booking a flight from Ghana to Togo (I'm flying Dubai-Cairo-Ghana) and as I have a friend who will be living in Accra, I decided to get the bus across the border, after staying with her for a night. However, as a 21 year woman travelling alone, I'm now reconsidering....I will have a visa before I arrive at the border, but this has made me pretty nervous :S What would those of you who know these countries recommend? I am aware of the myriad safety concerns when travelling alone in Africa and I'm keen to avoid as many as possible!
Dec 5, 2012 10:20 AM
Feb 10, 2013 3:14 AM
8arrived Lome airport two times recently (sep 12) and Jan 13. No problems despite bringing in lots of items through customs. if you are bringing in anything thats new or expensive have around 5 euros handy to pay customs 'charges' just in case. I brought a desktop computer into the country a few years ago and was prepared.
Feb 10, 2013 4:40 AM
9Thanks for the update tommo68 - will be flying into Lome from Accra late March and is good to know what to expect!
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