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Somalia travel restrictions & quarantine rules

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The travel advice is Do not travel to Somalia. Somalia is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Somalia. Somalia is part of Africa with main city at Mogadishu. Its Least Developed country with a population of 11M people. The main currency is Somali Shilling. The languages spoken are Somali and Arabic.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Somalia

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to Somalia is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Test/medical certificate required

Printed proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, is required prior to departure.
Those traveling to Somaliland will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within the previous 96 hours. Travelers without proof of a negative test may have to quarantine for 14 days in a government facility at their own expense.

Additional test requirements

When departing from Somalia, proof of negative PCR test, taken with the previous 72 hours, must be provided.

Other medical measures

The Egal International Airport has additional health screening measures in place, such as temperature checks. Those displaying symptoms, such as a dry cough or fever, may be transferred to an isolation facility for further testing.
For more details Foreign Travel Advisory, United Kingdom

Government measures

Measures vary significantly between regions and can change at short notice. In the capital city of Mogadishu, a daily night-time curfew is in place. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operational with limits to capacity in place.


Most restaurants do not allow on-site dining and closing times may vary due to local guidelines. We recommend contacting the venue in advance to confirm.


Bars remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.


Essential services are operating with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must self-isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is confirmed on the test taken on arrival.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least a single dose of the vaccine, not more than 180 days before departure, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements.
Travelers who have received the Sputnik vaccine are also required to undergo additional serologic and PCR testing on arrival. Travelers will undergo quarantine until a positive serologic test and negative PCR test results are confirmed. Those testing negative on the serologic test are required to isolate for 14 days with the option to reduce this period by taking a supervised rapid antigen testing from the seventh day.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 180 days before departure. Exemptions also apply to those who have received a vaccine booster after a full course of vaccination, if administered at least 14 days before departure. Full details on accepted vaccines and certificates can be found at

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be shortened if two consecutive test results are confirmed negative, one taken on arrival and a second test taken on the seventh day of the isolation period.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 must self-isolate until a second test is confirmed negative taken on the third day of the isolation period. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 190 days of departure, or a recovery certificate.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure and arrival. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure. The test results must be in English with the traveler's passport number stated on the document. Self-tests are not accepted.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 180 days of departure, or a recovery certificate. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
This does not apply to travelers returning to Israel within 72 hours after departing Israel. Less than 72 hours must have passed since travelers have landed abroad and the departure time to Israel. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
Those traveling to Israel on indirect flights, with more than 24 hours between the departure of the first flight and the flight landing in Israel, are required proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Israel.

Testing on arrival

A PCR test will be administered on arrival. The test costs 80 ILS if pre-paid during the 'entry statement' process, 100 ILS if paid with a credit card on arrival, and 115 ILS if paid with cash on arrival. Only Israeli currency will be accepted for cash payments on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Somalia

🚫 Destination No quarantine
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Banned

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Somalia

The Somaliland authorities issued measures to control the spread of COVID-19 on 22 March 2021. The measures include:
Wearing of facemasks in all public and private spaces, including at mosques and public gatherings.
Social distancing of 2 metres (1.5 metres in mosques)
Installation and use of hand washing and sanitising equipment
Avoidance of public gatherings. Where public gatherings do take place they must be well ventilated and attendees must wear masks, socially distance and wash hands.
Closure of sports centres, gyms and playgrounds. Additional measures at mosques

πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Somalia

Do not travel

There’s an ongoing high threat of terrorism, with attacks expected to continue. Don't travel to Somalia. If you're in the country, leave as soon as possible. If you decide to stay, get professional security advice. The electoral process has begun in the lead up to the Presidential election on 10 October 2021. A spike in violence is likely to correspond, including possible attempts to disrupt the elections. We continue to advise: Do not travelΒ to Somalia due to armed conflict, the ongoing very high threat of terrorist attack and kidnapping, and dangerous levels of violent crime.
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