Somalia Travel Vaccines and Advice
Bathed by the Indian Ocean, Somalia is a highly appreciated holiday destination. The capital Mogadishu has a rich historical heritage. After visiting the capital, make your way to the Arab city of Merca adorned with beautiful mosques. Also a seaside resort, you should go to the long beach of Sinbusi if you wish to relax, swim or scuba dive. If you are passionate about climbing, make a trip to the Ogo and Midjourtin mountains. Nature rich in unique flora and fauna will adorn your trails. For more discoveries, take a tour in Lag Badana park, a nature reserve home to wildlife such as gazelles and monkeys.
Recommended travel vaccinations for Somalia
|Traveler’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids|
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Somalia
|Azithromycin or Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
|Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine||Recommended anti-malaria medication|
Current Weather in Somalia
Medical Care in Somalia
Unfortunately, both public and private health facilities offer unreliable health facilities in Somalia. You will be exposed to many health problems in Somalia, including diarrhea, measles, malnutrition, malaria and respiratory diseases. In the capital Mogadishu, you can find several hospitals capable of caring for patients.
Furthermore, it is very difficult to find drugs in pharmacies as they are generally poorly stocked. Consequently, it is important to keep a first aid kit close by.
In order to reach hospitals, you must travel by private vehicle as there is no emergency ambulance service. Serious health problems can require medical evacuation.
Is Somalia Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Somaliland and Puntland||Caution required|
|Kidnapping||High risk for foreigners|
|Border with Kenya||Closed|
|Health||Polio, Cholera and Chikungunya warning|
|Risk level||AVOID ALL TRAVEL|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Somalia?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Somalia. Your passport must be valid when entering Somalia.
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Embassy of Canada to Somalia information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian High Commission to Kenya (NAIROBI)
Limuru Road, Gigiri,
Tel.: 254 (20) 366-3000
Fax: 254 (20) 366-3900
Email: [email protected]
Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in Kenya. There is no Canadian government office in Somalia.