Somalia - Consular Information Sheet
February 16, 2001
Travel Warning (issued February 16, 2001): The Department
of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Somalia. Interclan
and interfactional fighting can flare up with little warning,
and kidnapping, murder, and other threats to U.S. citizens and
other foreigners can occur unpredictably in many regions. While
parts of the north have been relatively peaceful, including much
of the self-declared "Republic of Somaliland," there
have been several recent attacks on westerners and others in Somaliland.
U.S. government visitors to that region are temporarily restricted
from traveling outside the town of Hargeysa.
U.S. citizens are urged to use caution when sailing near the
coast of Somalia. Merchant vessels, fishing boats and pleasure
craft alike risk seizure and their crew being held for ransom,
especially in the waters near the Horn of Africa and near the
There is no U.S. Embassy or other diplomatic presence in Somalia
to provide up-to-date security assessments or consular assistance
to U.S. citizens.
EMBASSY LOCATIONS/REGISTRATION: U.S. citizens who plan
to enter Somalia despite the Travel Warning are urged to register
and obtain updated information on travel and security from either
the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya (for the northeastern and southern
regions of Somalia), or with the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti (for
the northwest). However, neither mission has regular access to
all parts of the country.
Embassy Nairobi is located on Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya; telephone
(254)(2)537-800; after-hours emergencies (254)(2)537-809. The
mailing address is P.O. Box 30137 or Unit 64100, APO AE 09831,
Embassy Djibouti is located at Plateau du Serpent, Blvd. Marechal
Joffre in the capital city of Djibouti; telephone (253)35-39-95,
Sunday - Thursday 7am - 3:30pm; fax (253)35-39-40; after-hours