Somalia Travel Warning
Issued by U.S. State Department
Aug 23, 2002
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Somalia dated February 16, 2001 to inform Americans of continued concerns about the security situation in Somalia.
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Somalia. Inter-clan and inter-factional 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 the self-declared "Republic of Somaliland" in northern Somalia has been relatively peaceful, the Sanaag and Sool regions in eastern Somaliland, bordering on Puntland (northeastern Somalia), are subject to insecurity due to potential inter-clan fighting. In addition, the Mogadishu area, the Puntland region in northern Somalia, and the districts of Gedo and Bay (especially the vicinity of Baidoa) in the south have experienced serious fighting in recent months. Territorial control in the Mogadishu area is divided among numerous groups; lines of control are unclear and frequently shift, making movement within this area extremely hazardous.
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 crews being held for ransom, especially in the waters near the Horn of Africa and the Kenyan border.
There is no U.S. Embassy or other diplomatic presence in Somalia to provide up-to-date security assessments. The ability to provide services to U.S. citizens in Somalia is extremely limited. U.S. citizens who plan to enter Somalia despite this Travel Warning are urged to register and obtain updated information on travel and security from the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The U.S. Embassy is located on Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya; telephone (254)(2)537-800; after-hours emergencies telephone (254)(2)537-809. The mailing address is P.O. Box 30137, Nairobi, Kenya, or Unit 64100, APO AE 09831, USA. U.S. citizens traveling to the Somaliland region of Somalia can also register at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is located at Plateau du Serpent, Boulevard Marechal Joffre, Djibouti City; telephone (253) 35-39-95. The after-hours telephone number is (253) 35-13-43. The mailing address is Ambassade Americaine, B.P. 185, Djibouti, Republique de Djibouti. The workweek in Djibouti is Sunday through Thursday.
For further general information regarding travel to Somalia, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Somalia, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov