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LP members I hope can help me answer this question.
In Somaliland. Can you use Euros?
Has any LP members who's been to Somaliland used Euros?
I do know in Djibouti - you can use Euors and Ethiopia too.
And also in Somaliland airports can pay using euros regarding airport tax
I've seen quite a few posts about travelling to Somaliland and there are common questions/dilemas etc. Just to give you a brief overview and some advice.
Somaliland - is one of the most friendly places, the locals are always welcoming and relaxed and tourists are a pleasant site.
There are two ways to enter the country. The most common is from Addis to Somaliland by road to experience the Ethiopian highlands and the wildlife. When you reach Somaliland you will reach Wajalee Town on the border. You can get a visa from Addis(easier) or Wajalee. You can ask the Somaliland Mission in London on the visa process in Addis. http://www.somaliland-mission.com/ . Once you enter Wajalee you can get a shared taxi or hire a 4x4 but my advice is to take a shared taxi/bus it is safer. The drive to Hargeisa is around 1hr the road is not that smooth but the scenery will distract you ... more »
I plan to go from Addis to Hargeisa after Jan 6. Then for 2 days to Berbera and back, then from Hargeisa overland to Djibouti, stopping in Zeila overnight if possible.
In Hargeisa I read about hotels Oriental, Safari, Hadwanaag. Any recommandation which place would be best to organize a reasonably(!) priced escort and a car? Is a SPU guard really necessary? The security situation asks for it, or just a regulation? If I decide to travel alone by shared taxi, the police can turn me back on a check point?
Any advice for an acommodation in Berbera and Zeila?
Shared taxis to Djibouti will pass via Zeila or they avoid this place? Same restriction concerning SPU escort on the road to Djibouti?
Reading previous thread I see there are not many travellers in Hargeisa to join together and share the cost.. Anyone is planning a trip to Berbera around Jan 7 - 14 ??
Thanks for an... more »
I got my visa in the liaison office in Addis Ababa, where I was told that safety was guaranteed and that with this visa I could travel everywhere in Somaliland without any restictions. I knew this was a blunt lie of course.
I went to Hargeisa and in Oriental Hotel they said I needed 2 SPUs (police escort) and a private car for going to Las Geel and Berbera (100 km from Hargeisa). Price for a 1 day trip: 189 USD + 25 USD for the Las Geel permit.
As there were no other travellers, I went to the Interior Ministry the next day and talked to the director-general.
He said I needed 1 SPU and a private car as no SPU would go in a shared taxi, of which there are many for about 6 USD to Berbera. The resaon why was that "anything can happen" as there is no full security and that the road to Berbera is not good and that there are so many accidents. For everyone to draw their own conclusion bu... more »
I am looking for a possibility to travel to Somaliland to make a trekking to the highest point of it.
It is Mt Shimbris.
I s there anybody who can help with this subject and provide me an info about possibilities and if it is safe to travel in this region and how to do it?
I am interested in this subject because becaude I make a project called 'On the way to the highest peaks of Africa'.
I try to reach the highest point in each Africa's countries. I did 8 already.
Here is my website about my project:: http://www.facebook.pl/SzczytyAfryki
Important to distinguish Somali from Somaliland. In relative terms, Somaliland is much safer and easier to access. Flights are available from Addis Ababa to Hargeisa and Berbera. I tried to enter from Djibouti by land which has a border crossing about 10 km from Djibouti city. In either case a visa, obtained in advance, is necessary.
There is a Somaliland mission/embassy in Djibouti city where I was told you could get one day processing on a visa. I entered Djibouti with a Somaliland visa obtained from their Washington DC mission that had expired a few day earlier. I tried to contact the mission to get it updated. No one answered the phone on repeated calls so I hired a car to drive to the border crossing at Loyoda to see what would happen.
Dirt road all the way. The Djibouti border official was extremely reluctant to allow me to cross even though I had a valid multipl... more »
I'm planning my trip through Somaliland for March 2014, and I'm timing my stay based on Daallo Airlines' flight schedule on the Dubai-Hargeisa route.
As I've said here previously, I'm not super-focused on hitting the tourist "hot spots", but more interested in meeting and spending time with the locals, etc. I will have a private driver and translator, so won't be relying on public transportation.
I plan on doing as large of a route as possible including Zeila, Borama, Hargeisa, Burco, and Berbera.
I'm debating whether to stay for 13 days (13 - 26 Mar) or 20 days (13 Mar - 02 Apr).
Does anyone have opinions on whether it's worth the extra week? Will I need the extra time simply based on travel infrastructure and distances? How long does it take to get around Somaliland at a comfortable pace?
Does anyone have information on flight possibilities from Djibouti (JIB) to Hargeisa (HGA) and Berbera (BBO). And from Hargeisa and Berbera to Addis Ababa (ADD). Airline, price and schedule?
In the Somaliland chapter of the 2009 4th edition of Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Eritrea they mention a british run dive shop in Berbara. Does anyone know if it is still possible to dive in Somaliland?
Can anyone in Somaliland try to find out the following, please.
I heard from a colleague regarding land border crossings between Somaliland - Puntland and Somaliland Djibouti + viceversa. He is Somali with well used European Union passport -visas to US and back, so forth.
Puntland > Somaliland through Las Aanood was not permited -which apparently it was up to a while ago. He tried it personally, was turned back. The same for Somaliland > Djibouti, which is perhaps more common. He ended up flying through Dubai to Hargeisa, do his business and heard the news in town. Anyone in Hargeisa who can ask around?...
Even though this road (from Wajaale to Jijiga) is located in Ethiopia, I post here because no faranji is likely to use this remote road unless going to or coming from Somaliland.
Looks like Ethiopian police/security is extra-alert after Westgate attack and all arrivals from Somaliland are carefully checked, including for illegal contraband.
When I went from Harar to Jijiga to the border into Somaliland there were no stops or delays, everything worked smoothly including at the border, but when coming back from Somaliland just recently (about two weeks ago from now), the border formalities were still as relaxed as ever on both sides, but "formalities" really got a grip on the road towards Jijiga.
Police checkpoints were very abundant and also more strict than usually (or in Somaliland side), meaning everyone had to step out of the mid-bus on every check point where the passpor... more »
How good are my chances to exchange a big amount of Ethiopian birr at the land border or in Hargeisa? Is it better to change them into USD or shillings?
Also, has anyone used Western Union transfer in Hargeisa?
The exclamation mark is probably justified in this case, as getting the Ethiopian visa this week turned out to be nightmare. Half a dozen travelers I met very recently told it's just a half-an-hour visit to the embassy where they write the visa in front of you (after you've given the correct answers, mainly about your arrival route into Somaliland.) But this week it turned out to be quite different.
There were packs of people apparently from Puntland obtaining their visas, and the rumor was that the Ethiopian consulate/embassy/mission in Garoowe had been closed down. I couldn't really confirm it but this is what some locals said. The well-hidden and unsignposted embassy entrance area was full of people and groups sitting in shade and wondering around for hours as very few people were allowed to go in, and very slowly. Some had arrived there to queue as early as 5am, even though th... more »
Anyone been there recently or confirmed the operational days, since it is tricky enough mixing both Somali and Ethiopian weekends?
Approximately, how long should it take to travel overland from Hargeisa (in Somaliland) to Djibouti City?
Would it be possible to complete this journey overnight - or would two to three days be a more realistic time-frame?
Also, does anyone have a rough idea about the costs?
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