Somalia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Somalia

Where is it?: Somalia is on the horn of Africa where the Gulf of Aden meets the Indian Ocean

Why do people go here?: Most people avoid Somalia at all costs

What are the main entry points?: The only way to get to Somalia is overland from Kenya

Currency used: Somali shilling

Country Code for Phones: Good luck finding a phone that works

Area codes for Major Cities: Mogadishu 61

Religion: Sunni Muslim

Population: 9 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Somali 85%, Bantu 15%

Government: Anarchy

Languages: Arabic, Somali, English, Italian

Travel Information

Major Cities: Mogadishu

Attractions: Shanghai Old City, Bakara Market

Tourism Office locations and links: Web Site:; E-mail:

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Somalia horses, birds,

Health Issues: cholera, Rift Valley fever, poliomyelitis

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The best time to go to Somalia is when the weather starts to cool down, probably in March or before the heat begins to kick off in September to December.

Common Phrases: Do you see how large my gun is? Run for your life

Specific Events/Holidays: New Year’s Day, Ashoura, Id al Fitr, Revolution Day

Getting Around: You can only use the bus or taxi to explore Somalia.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Somalia is the Hargeisa Egal International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Somalia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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