Travel Advice for Somalia
Somalia
Capital: Mogadishu

Time Zone GMT + 3
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 252
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: International calls must go through the operator
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Emergency Telephone Numbers: - All travellers are advised to consult the foreign office in their country of residence before departure regarding emergency assistance.
Tourist
Information
Not present.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all. Transit visas are not required by visitors with reserved onward travel.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in the Falciparum variety. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: Vaccination is strongly recommended to all travellers. A vaccination certificate is required by those arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera ( VACCINATION REQUIRED) and Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Somali Shilling (SoSh) = 100 cents.
NOTE: Import and export of local currency is limited to SoSh 200.
Diners Club has limited acceptance. US dollars cash is preferred to traveller's cheques.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Economy decimated by political strife and drought, resulting in high inflation and a scarcity of products.
Languages Somali and Arabic.
Weather Jan - Feb Hot and Dry, Mar - June is the 1st raining season, monsoon winds occur between Jul and Aug . The 2nd raining season occurs between Sept and Dec.
Electricity 220 Volts AC 50 Hz.
Post Up to 2 weeks.
Transport ROAD: It is difficult to travel outside of Mogadishu by car because of poor road conditions.
DOCUMENTATION : IDP is required.
Special
Information
EXTREME RISK: We advise against all but essential travel. Many parts remain insecure especially in the south and the situation could suddenly change in the rest of the country Informal wear is acceptable.
PHOTOGRAPHY: People with cameras must have permit.