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Last updated: [11/26/21]

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information

  • As of November 26, 2021, there have been 22,969 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,324 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, Sahal Transit Transportation Clinic, Dur-Dur Clinic, Aden Adde International Airport Clinic, 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:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Somalia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Somalia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Somalia? Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen)
  • On March 15, the Somali government started to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers, individuals above the age of 50 years, and individuals with chronic health conditions. For more information, please see https://moh.gov.so/en/.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.

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
    • A negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of travel is required to enter Somalia.
    • Those traveling into the country without genuine COVID-19 negative certificates will be required to observe a 14-day self-quarantine.
    • Travelers from Uganda, India, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Africa, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • Passengers leaving the country must have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.  Passengers are required to arrive at the border checkpoint at least three hours before departure to have time to implement health and safety procedures.
    • In Somaliland, you will not need to quarantine if you have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours before arrival.
  • 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.
    • Aden Adde International Airport (Mogadishu) and Egal International Airport (Hargeisa) have put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving by air, including temperature checks.
    • All passengers must wear face masks.
  • Visa extensions for residents and/or tourists can be obtained at the immigration office at Aden Adde International Airport.
  • 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
    • Everyone is encouraged to avoid gatherings and adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • There is a ban on large gatherings, including sports events, weddings, and protests.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • U.S. citizens arriving in Somaliland are required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival if they do not have a negative COVID-19 test and will be quarantined at a government-appointed facility at their own expense.
  • Travelers from Uganda, India, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Africa, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Somali authorities established a quarantine unit at Aden Adde International Airport to isolate passengers who demonstrate coronavirus symptoms.

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.
    • For travel information to Ethiopia, please refer here.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Public transportation is operating normally. Passengers are encouraged to wear masks when using public vehicles.

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • There is a USD 5 fine for non-compliance with existing social distancing guidance, movement restrictions, mask mandates, etc.

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.
  • Other links: