Security Alert for U.S. Citizens in Somalia
Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Mogadishu (March 29, 2021)
Event: The U.S. Embassy in Somalia reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia. They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and seaports, government buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping areas, and other areas where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent, as well as government, military, and Western convoys. Methods of attack include car bombs, suicide bombers, individual attackers, and mortar fire.
The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Somalia and advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Somalia due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy.
The U.S. government has extremely limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Somalia due to the lack of a permanent consular presence in Somalia.
Actions to Take:
- Continue to exercise vigilance while in Somalia.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
- Avoid large crowds, gatherings, and demonstrations.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
- Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments
- Monitor local media and news for updates.
U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya
United Nations Avenue, Gigiri
+254 (0) 20 363 6451
+254 (0) 20 363 6170 (after hours)
U.S. State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 from U.S. or Canada
1-202-501-4444 from overseas (Somalia)
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