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Last verified: Wednesday, 8. April 2020 at 07:22 AM

Somalia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon It is not safe to travel Somalia

Local Situation: 5.0 / 5

It is not safe to travel Somalia. We detected travel advisories from 8 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.6 / 5

Somalia shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Somalia), the Advisory Index is 3.6 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Ethiopia (3.3), Kenya with 3.2 and Djibouti with 3 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Somalia

There are currently 8 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Somalia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in Somalia.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Somalia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Somalia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Somalia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 5.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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We advise you not to travel overseas at this time, including to Somalia. The first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in Somalia on 16 March. Enhanced health screening and entry restrictions are in place. There's an ongoing high threat of terrorism with attacks expected to continue. If you wish to leave Somalia, leave now if it is safe to do so. If ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/somalia

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy. Country Summary: Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including Puntland and Somaliland.  Illegal roadblocks ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/somalia-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Somalia: Reisewarnung: Reisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/somaliasicherheit/203132

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Somalia.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/somalia/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid all travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/somalia

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Undvik alla resor - Det är farligt att vara i Somalia, i synnerhet för västerlänningar. Finska medborgare som stannar i landet har inte konsulärt skydd. Undvik resor som inte är nödvändiga till Hargeysa och Berbera i Somaliland.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/SO

Individual rating changes for Somalia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Somalia. Most recent events first.

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Somalia changed from 4.9 to 5.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Somalia to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 2nd 2019

The total rating for Somalia changed from 5.0 to 4.9. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government decreased their existing warning for Somalia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 5.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Somalia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Somalia with a rating of 5.0.

About Somalia

Somalia with its capital Mogadishu is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa), slightly smaller than Texas (637,657 km²). The country is located Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, east of Ethiopia. The climate can be described as principally desert; northeast monsoon (December to February), moderate temperatures in north and hot in south; southwest monsoon (May to October), torrid in the north and hot in the south, irregular rainfall, hot and humid periods (tangambili) between monsoons. The landscape is mostly flat to undulating plateau rising to hills in north. With a population of about 9.38 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Mogadishu
Population about 9.38 million
Size 637.657 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Texas
Common languages Arabic, English, Italian, Somali
Currency Shilling (short: SOS)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +252
Internet Top Level Domain .so
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 SO
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 SOM
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 706

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Somalia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • famine
  • overgrazing
  • soil erosion
  • use of contaminated water contributes to human health problems

Natural hazzards

  • floods during rainy season
  • frequent dust storms over eastern plains in summer
  • recurring droughts

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Somalia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. including sugar refining
  2. light industries
  3. textiles
  4. wireless communication

Agriculture products

  1. bananas
  2. beans
  3. cattle
  4. coconuts
  5. corn
  6. fish
  7. goats
  8. mangoes
  9. rice
  10. sesame seeds

Somali Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Somalia.

Export products

  1. bananas
  2. charcoal
  3. fish
  4. hides
  5. livestock
  6. scrap metal

Import products

  1. construction materials
  2. foodstuffs
  3. manufactures
  4. petroleum products
  5. qat

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Somalia?

Somalia is currently rated at 5,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 8 official sources. It is not safe to travel Somalia.

Is it safe to travel Somalia in 2020?

With these high scores (5,0) you should avoid all kind of travel to Somalia and maybe pick another location. This is not a place for holidays.

How many travel advisories do you know for Somalia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 8 individual sources for Somalia.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Somalia?

There are currently 8 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Somalia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in Somalia.

What is the size of Somalia?

Somalia has a size of 637,657 km² or 246,201 mi² which is slightly smaller than Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.