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Somaliland Travel Information

According to topschoolsintheusa, Somaliland (Somali: Soomaaliland, Arabic: صوماللاند, Ṣūmālilān) is an area of ​​Somalia (Africa) not recognized by any country in the world. Somaliland borders Djibouti and Ethiopia. The capital of Somaliland is Hargeisa. Some major cities in Somaliland are: Burco, Borama and Berbera.

Somaliland has little tourism. The tourists who do visit the area often come for the petroglyphs in Las Geel, the quiet beaches and the beautiful views. The harbors that can be found on the beach are the country’s largest source of income. Little is left of the war that raged in Somaliland. Buildings and cities have been rebuilt. Somaliland is also known for the oil and precious stones that can be found there and the paintings on the shops. The paintings give an image of the products that are sold.

Where is Somaliland located?

Travel information of Somaliland

Official name: Somaliland
Continent: Africa
Area: 137,600 km²
Capital: Hargeisa
Country code: SO, SOM
Population: 3,850,000 inhabitants (2015)
Form of government: Republic
Distance (Amsterdam – Hargeisa): 6,142 km
Flight time: approximately 9 hours and 30 minutes

Negative travel advice
Current status: All trips to Somaliland are discouraged.
Current color code: Red. Due to this status, a negative travel advice
is in effect for Somaliland.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Somaliland. It is possible to book airline tickets.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Somaliland?

Weather and climate
Somaliland has a desert climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Somaliland can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
January, June and December are the best months to travel to Somaliland. In these months you have the least problems with precipitation and high temperatures.

Somali and Arabic are both an official language in Somaliland. In addition, a lot of English is spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Somali and/or Arabic for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Somaliland.
A visa is required but Somaliland is closed to tourists. In exceptional cases, a visa can be obtained from the embassy of Somaliland in Djibouti or Ethiopia.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Kenya (also for Somaliland):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Somaliland, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Somaliland. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Somaliland, payment is made with the Somali shilling (SOS) and the US dollar (USD).
The current state of these currencies (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Somaliland can be found on our ATMs page. However, these do not accept Dutch bank cards.

Price level
Prices in Somaliland are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -55% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (77% cheaper), food (20% cheaper), clothing (70% cheaper), cigarettes (85% cheaper) and public transport (67% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour later in Somaliland.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later in Somaliland.
Somaliland has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Somaliland can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Somaliland you must drive on the right.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Somaliland, you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Somaliland.

In Somaliland you can use a Dutch flat plug.
More information about electricity in Somaliland can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: unknown
– Fire brigade: unknown
– Ambulance: unknown

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Somaliland can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Somaliland can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Somaliland end
Somaliland’s official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Somaliland is 00252 or +252.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Somaliland? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Somaliland Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Somaliland.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Somaliland.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Somaliland can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On TripAdvisor you will find traveler reviews of accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Somaliland, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Somaliland?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Somaliland. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Somaliland can be found on Protected Planet.
Somaliland is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Somaliland? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Somaliland, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Somaliland, including: opportunities, Sudan and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, current sanctions, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Somaliland.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Not allowed (death penalty).

Did you know that…
…many cars in Somaliland have the steering wheel on the right side?
… Somaliland declared independence in 1991?
…Somaliland was previously known as British Somaliland?

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