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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.
July 8, 2020 Update
Health and Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Mogadishu, June 2, 2020
Event: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been to take the following steps to protect yourself and your family:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact (within 2 meters or 6 feet) with anyone.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
REMINDER: U. S. Embassy Mogadishu 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.
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-19 for 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 July 8, Somalia has 3015 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1096 recoveries and 92 related deaths.
- On April 15, the Federal Government of Somalia imposed a nighttime curfew from 8pm to 5am.
- The Somalia Ministry of Health created a COVID-19 WhatsApp account to disseminate country information: +252.613600700
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. On April 6, this suspension was extended for an additional 30 days, with humanitarian and cargo exceptions. 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
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