The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. For more information, see the Department’s Global Health Advisory.
April 7, 2020 Update
Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Mogadishu April 7, 2020
Event: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
There are no commercial flights departing Mogadishu at this time. Flights departing from Hargeisa, Somaliland for Addis Ababa are still available on Ethiopian Airlines (ET). Currently ET is the only carrier flying out of Hargeisa. Although flights can still be booked on the Ethiopian Airlines website please be aware that departures are often consolidated to every other day or every third day in order to fill flights. If you have booked an ET flight from Hargeisa please communicate with ET and the Hargeisa airport about scheduling changes.
Travelers transiting through Addis Ababa with a long layover must go to one of the government-owned quarantine hotels at their own expense. Daily flights are still running from Addis to Washington DC, so to avoid the quarantine requirement it may be best to schedule an onward flight to Washington DC. Please check with ET’s bookings department about an itinerary to transit you through the Addis airport most expeditiously.
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 now if you are interested in being contacted. If you have not already done so, please submit a brief survey with your information here.
REMINDER: U. S. Embassy Nairobi strongly recommends that U.S. Citizens and nationals enroll in STEP, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, at step.state.gov. STEP enrollees receive important information from the Embassy about health conditions, safety alerts, and travel updates. Enrollment enables the Embassy to contact you in the event of an emergency. If you have previously enrolled in STEP, we recommend that you log into your STEP account to ensure your details are current, your country of travel information is correct, and that you set your departure date as ‘indefinite.’ These steps will enable you to receive all our embassy messaging. For any immediate need, U.S. citizens in an emergency can call 1-888-407-4747 from the United States and Canada or (plus) 1-202-501-4444 from overseas.
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 if you are interested in being contacted. If you have not already provided information, please complete this brief survey.
Actions to Take:
- Check with your airlines or travel operator regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19for information on conditions in Somalia.
- Follow releases by Somalia’s Ministry of Health here.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- As of April 7, Somalia has seven confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On March 18, the Federal Government of Somalia implemented flight restrictions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. International flights were initially suspended for a period of 15 days. Please check with your airline about flight availability and alternatives.
- Health screenings are being implemented under the guidance of UN and World Health Organization representatives in Mogadishu.
- 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 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- What State Department Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis