COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  [10/16/20] Country-Specific Information: As of October 2, 2020 Somalia 3,864 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 99 related deaths. The Somalia Ministry of Health created a COVID-19 WhatsApp account to disseminate country information: +252.613600700 Entry and Exit Requirements: Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required …

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Somalia Travel Alert

Do not travel to Somalia due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Somalia due to COVID-19. Travelers to Somalia may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions …

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Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens

Seats Available on Ethiopian Airlines Flight from Mogadishu    Location:  Somalia Event: The U.S. Embassy has collaborated with Ethiopian Airlines (ET) to establish a charter flight from Mogadishu (MGQ) to Dulles, Virginia (IAD), departing on Thursday, May 14 with a stop in Addis Ababa. Tickets can be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve basis in two steps: Step …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens May 8, 2020

Ethiopian Airlines Portal Error Resolved. Seats Still Available. Location: Somalia Event: The U.S. Embassy has collaborated with Ethiopian Airlines (ET) to establish a charter flight from Mogadishu (MGQ) to Dulles, Virginia (IAD), departing on Thursday, May 14 with a stop in Addis Ababa. ET alerted us of a portal error which they have since resolved. …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens April 1, 2020

U.S. Embassy Requests Contact Information via Survey Link Location:  Somalia   Event: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19.  Commercial flights are under restriction in Somalia. The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Somalia.  However, in the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to let us know …

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Health Alert for U.S. Citizens March 26, 2020

U.S. Embassy Requests Contact Information via Survey Link Location:  Somalia   Event:  On March 26, the Somalia Ministry of Health announced its second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Somalia.   The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  for COVID-19.  Commercial flights are restricted in Somalia.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Mogadishu

Location:  Somalia Event:  Effective March 18, the Federal Government of Somalia has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.   International flights to all Somali airports have been suspended for a period of 15 days.  Domestic flights within Somalia are not affected.  If you are experiencing unexpected flight cancellations please contact your airline. The Department …

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Security Alert: Indirect Fire Attack on Mogadishu International Airport (January 2, 2019)

Indirect Fire Attack on Mogadishu Interntional Airport (MIA) Event:  The UN reports that several mortar rounds struck the UN compound within the Mogadishu International Airport on January 1, 2019.  Two UN mission members are reported to have received non-life threatening injuries. The situation remains fluid and assessment of the event continues.  The airport remains open and is …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Violent Clashes in Baidoa and South West State

Location:  Baidoa in South West State and surrounding areas, Somalia Event: The December 13 arrest of former al-Shabaab Commander and Spokesperson Mukhtar Robow has prompted violent clashes in the capital city of Baidoa in South West State. There is potential for violent protests over the coming days in Baidoa and surrounding areas.  Citizens are advised to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Somalia

November 10, 2018 Location: Mogadishu, Somalia Event: The U.S. Mission to Somalia reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists continue to plan attacks against hotels, guesthouses, and office buildings.  These groups may also target public gatherings, demonstrations, and other public and private locations. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. Notify …

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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Location: Mogadishu International Airport (MIA), Mogadishu citywide Event: As of early October, al-Shabaab allegedly planned to target Mogadishu International Airport with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) due to the presence of unspecified embassies and private companies located on the compound. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Monitor local media for updates Be aware of your …

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Somalia: Travel Advisory Remains Level 4 – Do Not Travel

The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Somalia on July 9, 2018.  The Department continues to advise travelers to not travel to Somalia.  This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on January 10, 2018. The full text of the new Travel Advisory is as follows: Somalia – Level 4: Do Not Travel Do …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (May 4, 2018)

Upcoming Relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel Location: Mogadishu and Somalia, countrywide Event: Extremists may use the upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to target U.S. citizens. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues. Actions to take: • …

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