How Safe Is Somalia for Travel?

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Somalia is situated on the Horn of Africa and is squeezed in between Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the north-west, and Kenya on its south-west.

Somalia has a complicated history and troubling past and political situation.

Civil war, military coups, and border disputes are all regular occurrences in this country, and it has been that way until the Ethiopian Army withdrew in 2007 after defeating an Islamist government.

However, since then violence has been on an increase due to the re-emergence of Islamist groups and other clans.

Somalia is currently ran by a coalition government that comprises the Internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government and the former Islamist government.

However, the Islamic factions are affiliated with Al-Qaeda, and the atmosphere in the country is extremely tense, which is a shame since the country has the longest coastline in entire Africa and would probably be a desirable tourist destination if it weren’t for all the terrorism ruling the country.

Warnings & Dangers in Somalia

Overall Risk


Somalia is currently a very dangerous destination for potential travelers. Governments in several countries have even issued warnings against traveling to this country, for reasons such as terrorism, kidnappings and other types of violent crime. Visiting Somalia can end in you getting seriously hurt or killed.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Given that Somalia has been without an effective government for 17 years, it has naturally taken a toll on its roads and transportation. The roads are bad, and there are only two ways to get around Somalia: buses and taxis. As you can imagine, neither is safe, especially buses that can get road blocked and people inside robbed, mugged or worse.

Pickpockets Risk


Crime levels are high in Somalia and this goes for both petty and violent crime. Expect petty crimes like pickpocketing, bag stealing, camera stealing, and other forms of theft. Avoid crowded places, if you must leave your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk


Excluding the warfare, as it's a man-made disaster, the two main natural hazards that have been known to happen in Somalia are droughts and floods.

Mugging Risk


Violent confrontations like muggings, armed robberies and kidnappings are the norms in Somalia so it is recommended that you take extra care on the streets of this country, avoid dark streets and deserted areas. Bear in mind that risks increase after dark.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorists are very likely to try and carry out attacks in Somalia. The biggest threat is coming from Al Shabaab and other groups opposed to the Somali government that persists in carrying out deadly attacks in and around Mogadishu on an almost daily basis.

Scams Risk


This country is so dangerous at the moment that scams are the least of your problems. But yes, there are scammers that will try and take advantage of travelers, so double check your change, never pay anything upfront and negotiate everything in advance. Be very careful around ATMs and be wary of anyone trying to distract you.

Women Travelers Risk


Somalia is not a safe destination for women. Do not go alone anywhere, and keep in mind that it is best not to move around Somalia at all, except if you're in a car with windows rolled up.

So... How Safe Is Somalia Really?

Somalia is a seriously dangerous country to travel to, and traveling there is strongly advised against.

The US State Department and most Western nations advise their citizens against going to Somalia, even if their visit there is of essential importance.

Al-Qaeda and the affiliated terrorist group, al-Shabaab persist in their activity across the country, kidnapping people, carrying out suicide bombings and generally causing fear and chaos.

There is a particular terrorist threat to foreigners in places where they tend to gather, like airports, government buildings, hotels, and shopping areas.

In fact, in 2016, there were 14 reported attacks in hotels, restaurants, and the international airport in Mogadishu, while the latest attacks in autumn 2017 resulted in the deadliest incident ever in the capital of the country, with over 350 people killed.

The only disputably safer place in Somalia is the semi-autonomous region Somaliland where the situation is much better than in the rest of the country.

Terrorism, however, isn’t your only problem in Somalia as you have to be wary of violent crime that exists in this country.

Although there is a police force established, keep in mind that corruption is on a high level, which is why crime rates are growing.

Do not leave your accommodation, as you are very likely to be kidnapped by a warlord or a criminal, and held for ransom.

Again, avoid Somalia at all costs, as traveling there might end up in you being severely injured or killed.

How Does Somalia Compare?

CountrySafety Index
New Zealand90
United Kingdom77

Useful Information

  • Visas - Most countries do need a visa in order to enter Somalia, but it can be acquired on arrival at the Bosaso Airport and it lasts for 30 days. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Somali shilling is the official currency in Somalia. ATMs aren't widespread but you can find some, mostly within Somali banks.
  • Weather - The climate in Somalia is tropical but not torrid, characterized by little seasonal variation in temperature. In the low areas of the country, the average temperature ranges between 24° C to 31° C. The plateau region of the country is cooler while the southwest is warmer.
  • Airports - Aden Adde International Airport, formerly referred to as Mogadishu International Airport, is the main international airport in Somalia. It is located in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Somalia, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Somalia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
Feb 26° C
Mar 28° C
Apr 29° C
May 28° C
Jun 27° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 27° C
Dec 27° C
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40 Reviews on Somalia

  1. S
    Slomo Goldmeier says:

    Europe and America need more diversity. Somalians should be resettled in rural and suburban white neighborhoods to provide such rich and vibrant diversity. Don’t like it? You don’t need to. Resist and your daughters will be the first given to them as brides. Don’t be racist.

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      Just another guy says:

      Made me lol

      That is a very bold statement. however, I think this is not true at all.

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        Anonymous says:

        Somali is Harmony.

        You are provided with Fake information.

        Please come and see what is going other side.

        Just leave what is happening in Social media and individuals who are extremely lowering Somali profile.

        Believe me there are over 18 millions who live and adapted the dynamic environments.
        If you doing research or looking for job you can came and get them.

        Thank you

    2. no

      In my opinion Africa needs more diversity.

    3. The year is 2020 - get with it

      Daughters aren’t objects to be ‘given’ to anybody, you are sexist and uneducated sir.

    4. I think there are somalians in minnestoa

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      Anonymous says:

      diversity doesn’t matter. If you want all skin colors to be equal then why bother resettling and stuff? Serves no purpose.

  2. v
    very sad says:

    Somalia, to be honest, is really just a bad country. Not only does it not have a good government but there are constant explosion and chaos.

    1. S
      Said mo says:

      Don’t be racist ✌🏿 Somalia 🇸🇴 is peaceful now

  3. s
    steve m says:

    Don't go there

    If you go there as a tourist, your chances of returning unscathed are slim to none.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      But if a get caught, Somalia would be very very rough.

  4. It Is Too Dangerous In Somalia For Travelers

  5. Y
    Yasin Hassan says:


    Avoid Somalia totally ! A failed state; embroiled in terrorism; extreme-poverty; rampant health-hazards; violence; no effective central government; guns everywhere and anti-Western sentiment and volatile criminal activity take place daily in Mogadishu and all of Southern Somalia.

    1. Y
      Yassin Hassan says:

      Northern Somalia is a ***hole too

      Just to add on to this, the extreme poverty, rampant health-hazards, corruption, etc is also rampant in North Somalian states such as Puntland (pirate central) and Somaliland (where you are jailed for things such as speech), the North is as much a ****hole, beware!.

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        somalia is a good contry says:

        rude web and rasims and somalia

        liar, you only see that in one place but they are very nice people I bet your country that you are from is very dangerous some of you are all racist you

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          Anonymous says:

          Starvation is everywhere

          Well, I am from the United States, been to Somalia once on Research, terrible. Nearly got mugged, thankfully it seems poverty has reduced the amount anyone has eaten so it wasn’t a very fair fight. The US is remarkably safer.

    2. U
      Unknown says:

      Your a nacas dissin ur own country fool even if it ain’t safe in ur eyes don’t be out here claiming it ain’t safe and chatting bad things about it

  6. N
    Not Safe Ye says:

    Just go to Kenya instead

  7. Vote for Trump, before its too late

    This is what lhan Abdullahi Omar wants to turn the entire United States into.

  8. Come on guys. All of you.

    The negative reviews are right, except most of you probably never passed, or even took English. Stop rating the safety with more stars. If you rate it with more stars, you’re saying it’s safer. Fewer stars, less safe, and MORE ACCURATE the review is. Not vice versa. Come on guys, seriously.

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      Anonymous says:

      So true

      At least someone decided to say it.

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      thistlewhite says:


      Then why you give 4 stars?

  9. A
    Abdifatah says:

    You are provided with Fake information.

    Please come and see what is going other side.

    Just leave what is happening in Social media and individuals who are extremely lowering Somali profile.

    Believe me there are over 18 millions who live and adapted the dynamic environments.
    If you doing research or looking for job you can came and get them.

    Thank you

  10. S
    Somali government says:


    Nonono Somalia is safe

  11. Don't visit Somalia.

    Don’t go to Somalia, unless you want to die of course, there is a very high chance you will get kidnapped and never return.

  12. J
    Jack Sandee(BBC Reporter) says:

    Somaliland is not recognize as a country!

    I went to Somaliland! Unlike Somalia it is very safe!! very little crime!! It went to Somalia as a BBC Reporter I almost lost a arm due to bombing! So go to Somaliland instead of Somalia!

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      Be quiet

      *Very *an *to the bombing Also no one talks like that. Stop trying to get more people to visit your hellhole of a country.

  13. I love my country no matter what condition it’s we survive in daily basis as a human being we think we are in control of everything yet we have no idea when we gonna die America is bragging about its safety but it couldn’t control Covid19.

    also America is more dangerous than any other country but media is covering the truth and too busy talking about Somalia. if you don’t want to go to Somalia leave it alone. we don’t need you and your racism there. if a white people have respect for anyone they would respect African American whom they kill and torture everyday. white devil

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      Canadian Government says:


      Im canadian

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      White devil says:

      peace is calling white people the devil

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    that duck watching you from your window says:

    somalia is eviler than me, wow

    No. Just no. My mom and dad could’ve died in the Somali Civil War. Just no.

  15. A
    Aruba Asana says:

    I was once in Somalia, and I almost got decapitated due to bombing. I went to Somaliland but
    it was even safer, the people were nice and welcomed me.

  16. J
    John Beck Anderson says:

    Not so good

    What are you guys arguing about?
    It is dangerous country! Fact. End of discussion

  17. W
    Wakuwaku says:


    How is that racist

  18. G
    George Burke says:


    Just another African hell-hole and wretched place ! No different from all the black populated and run countries in the world in Africa or the Caribbean. BEWARE: Engulfed in never ending crime, violence, misery and corruption. Somalia remains totally impoverished, dangerous, a failed state; that is perpetually plagued by famines, civil-war, terrorism ,disease,and droughts. This place has been off limits for tourism since the eerily 90’s,when the central gov’t collapsed. Who ever really went to Somalia on vacation,anyhow ? The only time there was peace,stability and a flledgling tourist industry (for Europeans), was in the 1950’s and 60’s,when it was an Italian colony in east Africa.Therefore, avoid it at all cost, it is far too dangerous and hostile for white people to even consider entering !

    1. You are providing a wrong information hater

  19. S
    Somalian says:

    It depends on where you go

  20. B
    Billy Botswanna says:

    Scary dump

    I lived and worked in Somalia for two years, believe me, they were the longest two years of my life. I won’t mention who I was working for so others in the organization won’t be targeted.

    The level of corruption has to be seen to be believed. This place is even worse than Nigeria. White men are constantly being accused of being racist if you ask a Somalian to do anything at work.

    The working model that is being adopted is for the men to sit in a large group, chatting, smoking, and quite often doing nothing then expecting to be paid at the week’s end. They are the most idle, backward nation in the whole of Africa. However, the women stand imperious with a certain natural dignity and amazing high cheekbones.

    As for safety, obviously, I survived but I was made to carry a pistol and had two bodyguards assigned to me. Even then there were many hairy moments and sadly I had to shoot people twice during my visit. This is the most dangerous country in not just Africa but the world. My advice is to avoid if at all possible no matter how much you are being paid to work there?

    As for a tourist destination, you would have to be crazy to go to that ****hole.

Rated 3.15 / 5 based on 40 user reviews.

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