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Somalia travel restrictions

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Open for travel from Somalia
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers travelling to Somalia are advised to hold a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained within 96 hours prior to departure.
  • Passengers who are not holding a negative Covid-19 test certificate are required to quarantine until they have verified their health through a Covid-19 health screening.
Flight Restrictions

published 19.08.2020

Passengers and airline crew must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 96 hours before arrival.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement subject to PCR.

Somalia: COVID-19 tests have been required for incoming passengers and you will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.
Somaliland: A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somaliland. If you do not have this evidence on arrival, then you may have to spend 14 days in quarantine at your own expense in a government approved facility.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Screening on arrival – Somalia: A negative COVID-19 negative test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somalia.

*Screening on departure – Somalia: A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel, is required for exit from Somalia.

*Screening on arrival – Somaliland: A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somaliland. If you do not have this evidence on arrival, then you may have to spend 14 days in quarantine at your own expense in a government approved facility. Egal International Airport has put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving into Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks. Those people displaying symptoms linked to the virus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: in general, no

Generally not recommended for travellers going to the following regions: Bakool, Banaadir, Bay, Gado,
Galgadud, Hiran, Lower Juba, Middle Juba, Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle.
Not recommended for all other areas not listed above.

Malaria (2018)
Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the entire country. Risk is
relatively low and seasonal in the north; it is higher in the central and southern parts of the country.
WHO recommended prevention: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Somalia Latest News: Qatar Airways will resume flights to Mogadishu from 6 September (thepeninsulaqatar, 31.08.2020)

    International Restrictions: Commercial flights operate to Somalia, including Somaliland. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

    *Screening on arrival – Somalia: A negative COVID-19 negative test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somalia.

    *Screening on departure – Somalia: A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel, is required for exit from Somalia.

    *Screening on arrival – Somaliland: A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somaliland. If you do not have this evidence on arrival, then you may have to spend 14 days in quarantine at your own expense in a government approved facility. Egal International Airport has put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving into Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks. Those people displaying symptoms linked to the virus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out.

    *Land borders: Restrictions remain in place in neighbouring countries, including land border closures and quarantine measures. You should check before travelling to the borders of Ethiopia, Djibouti or Kenya.

    Internal Restrictions:
    The Somali authorities at national and local level (excluding Somaliland) have put in place a range of measures to control the spread of COVID-19. In Mogadishu, these include a night-time curfew, as well as measures relating to public gatherings, schools and mosques. Restrictions introduced in Somaliland in relation to COVID-19 have now been lifted. You should monitor local media for further updates and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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    17.09.2020
  • Somalia *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights operate to Somalia, including Somaliland. Restrictions remain in place in neighbouring countries, including land border closures and quarantine measures. You should check before travelling to the borders of Ethiopia, Djibouti or Kenya.
    **Somalia: A negative COVID-19 negative test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somalia. A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel, is required for exit from Somalia.
    **Somaliland: A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somaliland. If you do not have this evidence on arrival, then you may have to spend 14 days in quarantine at your own expense in a government approved facility. Egal International Airport has put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving into Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks. Those people displaying symptoms linked to the virus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Somali authorities at national and local level (excluding Somaliland) have put in place a range of measures to control the spread of COVID-19. In Mogadishu, these include a night-time curfew, as well as measures relating to public gatherings, schools and mosques. Restrictions introduced in Somaliland in relation to COVID-19 have now been lifted. You should monitor local media for further updates and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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    25.08.2020
  • Somalia
    Airports in Somalia are closed.
    – This does not apply to medical and humanitarian flights or technical landings where passengers and airline crew do not disembark. These flights must have a pre-authorization from the Somali Civil Aviation Authority obtained at scaa@scaa.gov.so .
    – This does not apply to emergency flights.

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    International restrictions:

    The Somali authorities have banned all international passenger flights until further notice. There are currently no passenger flights to Somalia (excluding Somaliland). Restrictions remain in place in neighbouring countries, including land border closures and quarantine measure.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Somali authorities at national and local level (excluding Somaliland) have put in place a range of measures to control the spread of COVID-19. In Mogadishu, these include a night-time curfew, as well as measures relating to public gatherings, schools and mosques.
    Restrictions introduced in Somaliland in relation to COVID-19 have now been lifted. You should monitor local media for further updates and follow the advice of the local authorities.

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    16.07.2020
  • Somalia Domestic flights to resume on 5 July. (Africa CGTN, 03.07.2020)

    Airports in Somalia are closed.
    – This does not apply to medical and humanitarian flights or technical landings where passengers and airline crew do not disembark. These flights must have a pre-authorization from the Somali Civil Aviation Authority obtained at scaa@scaa.gov.so .
    – This does not apply to emergency flights.

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    International restrictions:

    All inbound and outbound commercial and cargo flights to the capital Mogadishu, the autonomous region of Puntland and self-declared republic of Somaliland remain suspended until further notice. Cargo flights delivering medicines and other humanitarian supplies are exempt. Internal flights in Somalia have been suspended indefinitely. UNHAS is currently required to submit daily requests in order to operate cargo flights. Commercial outbound flights between Hargeisa and Addis Ababa may still be available on a limited basis. The border in the Gedo region with Kenya and Ethiopia is closed.

    Somaliland: Local authorities in Somaliland have announced a number of measures to prevent the spread of the virus including restrictions on international travel: individuals starting their journey in Europe or North America will not be allowed to enter Somaliland and may be denied boarding by the airline
    all passengers arriving into Somaliland by air will be required to undergo a 14 day quarantine in government assigned accommodation at their own expense. Demonstration that hotel quarantine can be costed may be requested before boarding flight. All arrivals to Somaliland will be subject to entry screening, which may include temperature measurements and checks on recent travel to affected areas. Anyone displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out all land borders and sea ports are officially closed until the situation improves.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Somali authorities at national and local level have put in place a range of measures to control the spread of COVID-19. In Mogadishu, these include a night-time curfew, as well as measures relating to public gatherings, schools and mosques. The authorities in Somaliland have also announced additional measures including closing schools and banning large gatherings. Restrictions have also been introduced on the use of public transport within and between cities. The authorities have stated that failure to comply with these measures may result in penalties including fines or arrest.

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    03.07.2020
  • Somalia Domestic flights to resume from 8 June (Trend, 06.06.2020)

    Airports in Somalia are closed.
    – This does not apply to medical and humanitarian flights or technical landings where passengers and airline crew do not disembark. These flights must have a pre-authorization from the Somali Civil Aviation Authority obtained at scaa@scaa.gov.so .
    – This does not apply to emergency flights.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All inbound and outbound commercial and cargo flights to the capital Mogadishu, the autonomous region of Puntland and self-declared republic of Somaliland remain suspended until further notice. Cargo flights delivering medicines and other humanitarian supplies are exempt. Internal flights in Somalia have been suspended indefinitely. UNHAS is currently required to submit daily requests in order to operate cargo flights. Commercial outbound flights between Hargeisa and Addis Ababa may still be available on a limited basis. The border in the Gedo region with Kenya and Ethiopia is closed.

    Somaliland: Local authorities in Somaliland have announced a number of measures to prevent the spread of the virus including restrictions on international travel: individuals starting their journey in Europe or North America will not be allowed to enter Somaliland and may be denied boarding by the airline
    all passengers arriving into Somaliland by air will be required to undergo a 14 day quarantine in government assigned accommodation at their own expense. Demonstration that hotel quarantine can be costed may be requested before boarding flight. All arrivals to Somaliland will be subject to entry screening, which may include temperature measurements and checks on recent travel to affected areas. Anyone displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out all land borders and sea ports are officially closed until the situation improves.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Somali authorities at national and local level have put in place a range of measures to control the spread of COVID-19. In Mogadishu, these include a night-time curfew, as well as measures relating to public gatherings, schools and mosques. The authorities in Somaliland have also announced additional measures including closing schools and banning large gatherings. Restrictions have also been introduced on the use of public transport within and between cities. The authorities have stated that failure to comply with these measures may result in penalties including fines or arrest.

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    29.06.2020
  • Somalia Domestic flights to resume from 8 June (Trend, 06.06.2020)

    Airports in Somalia are closed.
    – This does not apply to medical and humanitarian flights or technical landings where passengers and airline crew do not disembark. These flights must have a pre-authorization from the Somali Civil Aviation Authority obtained at scaa@scaa.gov.so .
    – This does not apply to emergency flights.

    International restrictions:

    All inbound and outbound commercial and cargo flights to the capital Mogadishu, the autonomous region of Puntland and self-declared republic of Somaliland remain suspended until further notice. Cargo flights delivering medicines and other humanitarian supplies are exempt. Internal flights in Somalia have been suspended indefinitely. UNHAS is currently required to submit daily requests in order to operate cargo flights.
    Self-declared republic of Somaliland announced its border to be closed for three weeks; any passengers arriving its airports from other parts of Somalia will be required to undergo mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. Commercial outbound flights between Hargeisa and Addis Ababa may still be available on a limited basis. The border in the Gedo region with Kenya and Ethiopia is closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    A night curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 (local time) is in effect in Mogadishu. Puntland has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew. The security forces announced a lockdown in Mogadishu; it includes movement restrictions and the enforcement of social distancing.

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    08.06.2020
  • Somalia All inbound and outbound commercial and cargo flights to the capital Mogadishu, the autonomous region of Puntland and self-declared republic of Somaliland remain suspended until further notice. Cargo flights delivering medicines and other humanitarian supplies are exempt. Internal flights in Somalia have been suspended indefinitely. UNHAS is currently required to submit daily requests in order to operate cargo flights.
    Self-declared republic of Somaliland announced its border to be closed for three weeks; any passengers arriving its airports from other parts of Somalia will be required to undergo mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. Commercial outbound flights between Hargeisa and Addis Ababa may still be available on a limited basis.
    The border in the Gedo region with Kenya and Ethiopia is closed.

    Internal restrictions:

    A night curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 (local time) is in effect in Mogadishu. Puntland has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew. The security forces announced a lockdown in Mogadishu; it includes movement restrictions and the enforcement of social distancing.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source UNHAS
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    SITATA/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Ministry of Health/
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