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Stay Safe & Healthy in Somalia

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Stay Safe in Somalia

Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, is the safest city in what is officially Somalia. It is the most westernized city in Somalia, and it welcomes international visitors more than any other city. If you are considering a trip to Somalia, we highly advise you to visit Hargeisa rather than any other city. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the simplest way to remain safe in Somalia is to avoid going there in the first place. Somalia is rife with kidnappings, violent conflicts, piracy, and warlording. At least 15 people were murdered in a hotel assault in Mogadishu in June 2016.

In 2012, a federal government was formed. With the assistance of an African Union peacekeeping mission, this government is presently waging a military battle against extreme al-Qaeda-backed rebels located in rural regions. Other entities, however, govern in other areas of Somalia: Somaliland and Puntland are basically nations in their own right, as are Ximan in the center and “Azania,” a Kenyan-installed state in the south. Various coastal communities may be under the hands of pirates. Be cautious in places where you see armed guys or hear gunshots or explosions. Insurgents in Somalia have also launched mortar assaults on civilian population centers and government buildings. Somali government troops have also conducted artillery strikes on rebels in urban areas, resulting in civilian deaths. Keep in mind that shells may start pouring down at any time, particularly if there are indications of combat nearby, and that you will only have seconds to start fleeing or taking shelter if you hear the tell-tale sound of an approaching shell. For more information, go here.

Also, be on the lookout for violent crime. Despite the fact that the Somali government has created a police force, it is still in its early stages, and crime rates remain high. Be warned that many warlords and criminals in Somalia may attempt to abduct a foreigner and keep him or her hostage for ransom.

Driving is done on the right side of the road. While Somali drivers have a reputation for poor driving, the truth is a little more complex. Risks are taken, especially in Mogadishu, that would not be taken in other locations, but the residents anticipate this and prepare appropriately.

When planning your trip, it is best to request that you be escorted by professional Somali armed escorts or carry bodyguards.

As of 2014, nine countries have embassies in Mogadishu: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Iran, Italy, Libya, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Yemen, with six more intending to reopen their embassies in the near future. However, since there are no embassies in Hargeisa, no official from your home government will be able to help you if you get into problems in Somaliland. Most nations’ nearest consular services are in neighboring Djibouti, Ethiopia, or Kenya, and farther away in Sudan and Egypt.

Stay Healthy in Somalia

The majority of the water is polluted. Stick to bottled fluids that are sealed and, ideally, not from Somalia. Food and drink will be provided by your guide.

How To Travel To Somalia

By plane Due to Ethiopian troops' recent bombardment of Somalia's airport(s), plane travel to and from Somalia may be difficult. However, plane travel to and from Somalia may be the safest option. African Express, which has connections in Dubai, Nairobi, and other minor Middle Eastern and East African ports of call,...

How To Travel Around Somalia

For 17 years, Somalia was without a functional administration, which, as one would expect, had a detrimental impact on roads and transportation. In Somalia, there are two forms of public transportation available: buses and taxis. The only traffic regulation that seems to still be in effect is that Somalis...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Somalia

Visa restrictionsEntry will be refused to citizens of Israel and to those who show stamps and/or visas from Israel. Foreigners and Somalis living abroad will need a visa. This may be done in three different ways: It is simple to organize via the Somali embassy in your own nation for 40-50 US dollars.Visa on...

Destinations in Somalia

Regions in Somalia Somalia's southThe location of the capital as well as the bulk of the combat. Somalia's central regionThe country's central area, centered on the Galguduud and Mudug regions. PuntlandA historically independent area on the Horn of Africa. SomalilandThe de facto autonomous northern region, which has a functional administration and a minor...

Things To See in Somalia

Liido Beach and Gezira Beach, both near Mogadishu, are stunning. On weekends, families usually go. Women must swim completely clothed, but new resort investors have created a separate area for couples, since Somalia is a Muslim nation that prohibits women from showing much of their bodies or mixing with...

Food & Drinks in Somalia

Food in Somalia Meat dominates Somali cuisine, and vegetarianism is uncommon. Goat, beef, lamb, and occasionally chicken are fried in ghee, grilled, or broiled. It's seasoned with turmeric, coriander, cumin, and curry and served over basmati rice for lunch, supper, and sometimes morning. Vegetables seem to be mostly side dishes, and...

Money & Shopping in Somalia

The Somali shilling is the currency used in Somalia (excluding Somaliland), and its ISO 4217 currency code is SOS. Currently, only the SOS1000 note is accepted, and it does not go very far… a glass of (unpotable) water will set you back SOS1000. Exchange rates are highly variable, and...

Internet & Communications in Somalia

The civil war groups almost totally damaged or demolished the public telecommunications infrastructure. Mogadishu and many other population centers already have local cellular telephone networks. Satellite links to the rest of the world are accessible from Mogadishu. International incoming connections are also supported by the cellular infrastructure. Dialup internet...

Traditions & Customs in Somalia

This is a Muslim-majority nation. As a result, be cautious about where you aim your camera. There are many excellent picture possibilities around every turn (the question is generally what to leave out of each shot), but always ask first when shooting people. Never, ever attempt to photograph ladies,...

Language & Phrasebook in Somalia

Somali is Somalia's official language. However, Arabic is widely spoken and is considered a secondary language. Because Somalis are nearly entirely Sunni Muslims, much religious language has been taken from Arabic, but there are also Persian or Arabic loan terms for ordinary things (for example, Somali albab-ka (the door),...

Culture Of Somalia

Cuisine Somali cuisine varies by area and is influenced by a wide range of culinary influences. It is the result of Somalia's long history of trade and commerce. Despite the diversity, one thing unifies the different regional cuisines: all food is provided halal. As a result, no pig dishes are...

History Of Somalia

Prehistory Somalia has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. The Doian and Hargeisan civilizations thrived here throughout the Stone Age. Cemeteries in Somalia going back to the fourth millennium BCE provide the earliest evidence of burial practices in the Horn of Africa. The stone tools from the Jalelo site in...

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