Somalia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
Other EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

To enter Somalia, a passport valid for six months is required by nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas to Somalia are not valid in Somaliland.

Visa note

Visitors to Somalia should register with the embassy representing their country in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or with their embassy or high commission in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Somalia.

Sea and air ports are under the control of the local government meaning there may be differences in exact requirements.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against all travel to Somalia.

Types and cost

Single-entry tourist visitor visa: US$50; multiple-entry business visa: US$100.

These visas are issued by the Somali Embassy in Kenya, but only cover government-controlled parts of Somalia.

Validity

Visas are valid for six months from the date of issue.

Application to

The Somali Embassy in London closed in 1992, due to the civil war. Somalia is now effectively treated as three different areas for visas. Contact the UK Somaliland Mission for visas for Somaliland and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism for visas for Puntland.

For the rest of Somalia, contact the Somali embassies in Ethiopia or Kenya.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Somalia
Telephone: +254 (20) 2844 000 or +254 (20) 2873 000. Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/somalia Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0700-1600; Fri 0700-1300. Visa section: Mon-Thurs 1330-1530; Fri 1100-1230.
Somali Permanent Mission to the United Nations in the USA
Telephone: (212) 688-9410. Website: http://www.un.somaligov.net
Embassy of Somalia in the UK
Telephone: 07852 280 959. Website: http://www.uk.somaligov.net Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

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