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Somaliland, Puntland & Somalia

Getting there & away




The land border between Somaliland and Djibouti is open, but it’s a gruelling two-day truck journey between Djibouti and Hargeisa (about US$25). The border crossing is at Loyaada.


From Jijiga in eastern Ethiopia there’s regular bus traffic to the border town of Wajaale. It takes about 1½ to two hours, depending on the number of punctures, and costs Birr15. Get stamped out at the Ethiopian immigration office (look for the MAO building on the main street), cross no-man’s-land to Somaliland’s immigration shack, where your passport will be stamped and your visa checked. Then take a taxi (about US$30) or a minibus (about US$4) to Hargeisa (two hours, 88km). Expect a couple of checkpoints, but no hassles.


There’s no way you can get overland from Somalia to Kenya or Ethiopia at present.

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Daallo Airlines, the national carrier, operates weekly services from Jeddah, London and Paris to Djibouti, from where there are connections to Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Mogadishu (southern Somalia). It also has flights from Djibouti to other smaller Somali destinations, including Bosasso (Puntland; US$192, two hours). Ethiopian Airlines offers flights from Addis Ababa to Hargeisa (US$285 return, two hours), while Djibouti Airlines flies from Djibouti to Hargeisa (US$100, 45 minutes) and from Hargeisa to Aden (Yemen) and Dubai.

From Nairobi, African Express Airways flies to Mogadishu, Berbera and on to Dubai.

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