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April 12, 2022

APRIL 12, 2022

Last updated: [04/12/22]

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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 April 11, 2022, there have been 26,471 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,361 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 one calendar day? 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)
  • 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? 

    All unvaccinated travelers must have a negative PCR test certificate with a QR code from an authorized health service provider taken within 72 hours prior to arrival at the final destination. Fully vaccinated travelers with proof of vaccination issued by a competent authority are exempt from the PCR test requirement.
  • International travelers departing Somalia are required to abide by the COVID-19related travel and health requirements of the destination country.
  • 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.
    • All international arrivals will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and those found to have any of those signs will undergo rapid antigen testing and will be quarantined in a hotel at their own expense if they test positive.
  • 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? No
  • All international arrivals will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and those found to have any of those signs will undergo rapid antigen testing and will be quarantined in a hotel at their own expense if they test positive.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • 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: