Latest News: Somalia, Kenya: suspension of flights to, from countries for three months (OSAC, 12.05.2021). Kenyan authorities ban all flights to, from Somalia; reason not disclosed (Standard Media, 11.05.2021).
*Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Screening on arrival – Somalia (excluding Somaliland). A negative COVID-19 negative test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somalia.
*Screening on departure – Somalia (excluding Somaliland): A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 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. You should not cross the border without the correct documents. You may face a large fine or detention for illegally crossing borders and you may be prevented from onward travel.
*Public places and services: 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.
The Somaliland authorities issued measures to control the spread of COVID-19 on 22 March 2021. The measures include:
• Wearing of facemasks in all public and private spaces, including at mosques and public gatherings.
• Social distancing of 2 metres (1.5 metres in mosques)
• Installation and use of hand washing and sanitising equipment
• Avoidance of public gatherings. Where public gatherings do take place they must be well ventilated and attendees must wear masks, socially distance and wash hands.
• Closure of sports centres, gyms and playgrounds.
• Additional measures at mosques