COVID-19 Information

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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 for entry? Yes
    • All incoming passengers must have a negative Covid-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Screening is under the guidance of UN and World Health Organization representatives in Mogadishu.
    • Egal International Airport (Hargeisa) has put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving into Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks.
    • All passengers must wear a face mask

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
    • On April 15, the Federal Government of Somalia imposed a nighttime curfew from 8pm to 5am.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Somali authorities have established a quarantine unit at Aden Adde International Airport (AAIA) in Mogadishu to isolate passengers who demonstrate symptoms of coronavirus.
    • COVID-19 tests have been required for incoming passengers. Travelers who do not carry a COVID-19 negative test certificate taken within 96 hours will undergo a quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Somalia 

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Egal International Airport (Hargeisa) has put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving into Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks.
  • A negative COVID-19 test is required to exit from Somalia, taken no more than 72 hours before travel. Passengers leaving the country are required to arrive at the border checkpoint 3 hours before departure in order to have time to implement  health and safety procedures.
  • The COVID-19 screening services are available at the sites listed below:
    • 1. Ministry of Health and Social Welfare guidelines.
    • 2. The Immigration and Naturalization Directorate of Somalia

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • There are flights operating between Mogadishu to Hargeisa, Djibouti, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Qatar and Turkey.
    • For travel information to Djibouti please refer to here
    • For travel information to Kenya, please refer to here
  • Ethiopian Airlines is operating regular flights between Hargeisa, Mogadishu and Addis Ababa.
    • For travel information to Ethiopia please refer to here
  • Please check with your airline about flight availability and alternatives.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Somalia is unable to provide any consular services at this time. The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi covers Somalia’s consular district.  For further information on American Citizen Services currently available in Nairobi, please consult the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi’s website found here.

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