COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  [01/29/21]

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • As of January 29, 2021, there have been 4,754 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 130 related deaths in Somalia.
  • The Somali Ministry of Health created a COVID-19 WhatsApp account to disseminate country information: +252 613 600 700.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Somalia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Testing is available at the country’s major medical facilities (Digfeer Hospital, Medipark Diagnostics, and other private hospitals). The charge for the test is approximately USD 30 (SOS 17,500).
  • COVID-19 screening services are available at the sites listed below:
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.   To submit information in support of an exemption, email NairobiCDCWaiver@state.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Somalia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for exit? Yes
    • A negative COVID-19 test is required to exit 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.
  • 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 at Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks.
    • All passengers must wear a face mask.
  • Due to the rapidly evolving situation, please check with your airlines on the most updated travel requirements (such as mandatory COVID-19 tests) for your airlines, transit countries, and your final destination.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • On April 15, 2020, the Federal Government of Somalia imposed a nighttime curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No
    • Somali authorities established a quarantine unit at Aden Adde International Airport (AAIA) in Mogadishu to isolate passengers who demonstrate symptoms of coronavirus.
    • COVID-19 tests are required for incoming passengers. Travelers who do not carry a COVID-19 negative test certificate taken within 96 hours must quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Somalia.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Flights are operating between Mogadishu and Hargeisa, Djibouti, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Qatar, and Turkey.
    • For travel information to Djibouti, please refer here.
    • For travel information to Kenya, please refer here.
    • Ethiopian Airlines is operating regular flights between Hargeisa, Mogadishu, and Addis Ababa.
    • For travel information to Ethiopia, please refer here.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu 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.

Local Resources:

  • Follow releases by Somalia’s Ministry of Health here.
  • The Somali Ministry of Health created a COVID-19 WhatsApp account to disseminate country information: +252 613 600 700.