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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Petty theft and muggings, sometimes violent, are rife throughout Lomé, especially on the beach and around the Grand Marché. Taxi-motos in the city may be convenient, but they are also dangerous. Avoid large gatherings of people, and seek advice if you’re planning to attend a street party. If you do have to walk around Lomé after sunset, stick to well-lit thoroughfares.

Police roadblocks in Lomé act as an unofficial revenue-collection exercise. Togo’s roads are a hair-raising experience at night, particularly north of Kara.