Travelling in Somalia remains unsafe, and most Western governments warn against all travel to the country (and note that by ignoring these warnings you may well be making your travel insurance invalid). There is a dangerous level of criminal activity by armed militia and terrorist groups throughout the country as well as regular outbreaks of interclan violence. Despite some signs of improvement in some big cities, including Mogadishu, at the time of writing Somalia was still considered highly dangerous and we do not recommend travelling there given the unstable security situation.

What about Somaliland? While it's definitely much safer than the rest of Somalia, there is still a large element of uncertainty regarding the security situation, with the threat of kidnap and terrorism being highlighted by Western governments – after all, borders with Puntland and southern Somalia are not terrorist-proof.

Government Travel Advice

The following government websites offer travel advisories and information for travellers.

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade www.smartraveller.gov.au
  • Global Affairs Canada www.voyage.gc.ca
  • French Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/
  • Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale www.viaggiaresicuri.mae.aci.it
  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade www.safetravel.govt.nz
  • UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
  • US Department of State www.travel.state.gov