FCO Travel Advice for - Somalia

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  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland. Any British citizens in Somalia should leave. The FCO is aware of a specific threat to Westerners in Somaliland.

  • There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping, throughout Somalia including Somaliland. Terrorist groups have made threats against Westerners and those working for Western organisations. See Terrorism and security.

  • Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. There is also a high threat of maritime terrorism in the territorial and international waters off Somalia. See Sea travel.

  • All areas across Somalia are suffering food shortages resulting in the displacement of thousands of Somali people. See Local travel.

  • There is no British representation in any part of Somalia and the FCO is unable to provide consular assistance there. If you do travel to Somalia against our advice you should register your presence with the FCO before you travel. See British representation.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.