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I understand it's possible to get a Somaliland visa on arrival at Berbera airport.
But my question is: Does Ethiopian Airlines allow boarding without a visa?
Anyone had any experience of getting the visa on arrival?
Thanks in anticipation!
How long does it take to get from Berbera to Zeila? Is there a bus or only taxis?
As it's approaching (starting 9th of July 2013) I must take this into consideration as I'll be nearby in Ethiopia at that time. I'd like to visit Somaliland overland to Hargeisa, then to Berbera as I have a mask and snorkel, with a visit to Las Geel at least included. I haven't traveled in muslim countries during ramadan before which is why my question is relatively vague. I think it may not be a good idea due to the heat of July/August and other impracticalities for a visitor but in case you have experience or advice, post here.
Are flights from Addis landing in Hargeisa or are they still going to Berbera (& if yes until when)?
D you recommend Daalo or Jubba?
Hi, I'm an independent male traveler in my 20s and will be in somaliland from May 20 to May 25:
May 20: arrive in Hargeisa in the pm
May 21-24: Hargeisa, Laas Gaal, Berbera
May 25: Leave somaliland in the morning
So I basically have 4 whole days in the country and want to spend a day in each of the 3 places of interest (Hargeisa, Laas Gaal, Berbera) with an extra day for whatever, if it so happens that I need that day to plan these day trips from hargeisa. So I'm looking for anyone who will be traveling during that time in Somaliland to split costs for Laas Geel and Berbera.
I also didn't book my hotel yet but I'm thinking about Ambassador or Oriental and will be making a decision in the coming days.
If you're interested in any part, PM me and I'll give you my email address and US phone number. :)
what is the situation for re-entering Ethiopia overland, after visiting Somaliland (entering overland also)? I have read some info saying people didn't need a new visa, and others saying you do. Does anyone have any recent intel on this?
If anybody needs information about travelling alone as a women in somaliland, please contact me.
It seems possible to get the Ethiopian visa in Hargeisa.
But on the wikitravel website.
It says "no longer true as Ethiopian visas can be obtained at the Ethiopian Trade Mission in Hargeisa."
(Get in--by bus)
Does anyone obtain the Ethiopian visa in Hargeisa recently?
Greetings to all,
Me and are friend are booked to fly into Berbera, Somaliland, from Djibouti on Daallo airlines 09/05/13, and out again 6 days after, via stopover in Mogadishu to Nairobi, again on Daallo.
Prior to booking we researched into security in the area and it sounded fine (ish), however since that time, UK, US, AU advisories all warn against going there, and if there, to exit ASAP. There seems to be some intel suggesting this is more political in nature than based on any real change in the security situation there. However some threads also lead to some vehement anti-western rants by some locals.
Is anyone travelling there now, or has visited in the last few weeks? Does anyone have any contacts there we could consult?
At this stage we are considering our options of bypassing Somaliland altogether in light of the supposed threat to westerners, though we are still undec... more »
I'm a British national who is currently based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for the next six months.
I am keen to visit Djibouti and then (if I have enough time) continue onto Somaliland to see the cave paintings, before travelling back o Djibouti (overland) and then flying back to Jeddah. Ideally, I'd like to do this over a long weekend in a month or two's time.
However, I would like advice on where the best place is to apply (or send my passport) for Djibouti and Somaliland visas. And does anyone know a convenient (and not too expensive) flight from Saudi Arabia to Djibouti, which can be achieved over a long weekend?
I'm a person with extensive personal travel experience and a hobby of collecting Entry/Exit stamps.
Unfortunately, the last time I was through East Africa, the border between Ethiopia and Somaliland was closed so couldn't get in.
Does anybody have any recent Somaliland/Somalia/Puntland entry/exit stamps that they can scan and E-Mail to me?
I would deeply appreciate it and would gladly send you an autographed Picture of myself in any one of the countries I've been to.
E-Mail is email@example.com
Im heading to Somaliland in August, how easy is it to assess banks, money, ATM there? do they only use their own currency or should I take some ? US $ or some other currency?
Are shorts (knee length) acceptable for wear for men in ethiopia and somaliland?
Just got back from a few days in Somaliland. Felt completely safe. On the ground people are saying that the travel warning from the UK was political and the Somaliland govt is negotiating to have it removed some time soon. Regardless, I never felt any threat.
Was scheduled to fly from Djibouti to Berbera on Daallo but flight cancelled at last minute. Fly Jubba if you plan to do this route - their reputation is more reliable. I ended up travelling back through Ethiopia.
Flew to Dire Dawa from Addis ($58) and then took mini bus to Jijiga (80 Birr, 3 hours). Stayed at Ras Hotel in Dire Dawa for 200 Birr. Switched immediately to bus to Wachale for 30 Birr (1 1/2 hours). It drops you off and you have to walk a few hundred metres to border. Along the way the Ethiopian border control to exit is in an unmarked white building on your left. People will show you. Enter... more »
I have a few questions about traveling in Somaliland for about 1 week. Any answers by those experienced with Somaliland will help with my planning...
1. I will be flying from Dubai to Hargeisa (round-trip). Daallo, African Express, or Jubba? Does Jubba still fly, as they have not responded to my emails? All other airlines are too expensive.
2. When I contact the Somaliland mission in Washington DC for the visa, do they send a stamped paper with the visa or something which I present on arrival?
3. Is it safe enough to take public transport between Hargeisa-Berbera-Sheikh-Burco-Hargeisa? Or should I go with a Hargeisa-based travel company for the transport? The problem is these agencies quoted me too high of a price.
4. Also, I've been told by some of these companies it is possible to travel to Erigavo (Ceerigaabo). Is this currently safe, as it is getting close to the Puntl... more »
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