Togo creates an online platform for issuing visas

The Togolese government says it has developed an electronic visa issuance (e-Visa) system called ‘TRAVEL TO TOGO‘.

In a statement on Monday, the West African country said the new system would allow applicants to complete the application process (including application submission, payment and e-Visa collection). ) electronically without having to visit an immigration office or embassy in person.

He added that the platform would also allow inbound and outbound travelers to complete all necessary health formalities to ensure safe travel, including payment for PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers, which are mandatory upon departure and arrival. arrival in Togo.

“The new intuitive platform, available in French and English, offers many features such as a “visa assistant” that allows incoming travelers to quickly determine if they need a visa to travel to Togo”, says the press release.

“It allows travelers to update their information by creating a personal account, therefore saving their personal information such as names, contact details, passport numbers, etc., to avoid re-entering all their information for each trip they organize .

“Currently, the platform and its support mechanism are only deployed at air borders.

“However, the government plans to extend it to land and sea borders throughout 2022. public space’. administration’ in the country.

According to the government, this development makes Togo the first country to fully integrate its online visa application and immigration processes with its COVID-19 related policies under one platform.

Commenting on the e-Visa platform, Cina Lawson, Togolese Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation, said: “Once again, Togo has proven to be an innovator in the field of digitization on the continent and in the world”.

“As we aim to become a hub of digital services and an international center of innovation and expertise, we are modernizing all sectors of our economy, and the launch of Voyage Togo is a bolder step in this direction.”

In his remarks, Damehame Yark, the country’s Minister of Security and Civil Protection, said the new platform will help strengthen border security as it creates a single database for entry and exit from the territory.

“I am satisfied with the Voyage Togo platform because it revolutionizes our working methods,” he said.

“Today, we have access to a single, virtual database of travelers entering and leaving the country, which makes processing a hundred times faster and allows our national security services to operate more efficiently.”

Stephen V. Lee