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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 Kenyan border.

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, USA.

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 emergencies: (253)35-13-43.

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