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Somalia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +3.

Language

The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic, but many other languages are spoken.

Travel Health

Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid and meningococcus vaccinations are recommended for all travellers and malaria medication is recommended for travel to all regions. A yellow fever vaccination is recommended for some parts of the country and is required for those arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Travellers should also be up to date on vaccinations for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria.

Medical facilities are extremely limited and most doctors and hospitals will expect immediate cash payment regardless of medical insurance policies. Serious illness or injury is likely to require evacuation out of the country for treatment.

Local Customs

Somalia practises very strict and conservative Islamic cultural traditions. Avoid religious debates and respect Islamic traditions such as the call to prayer, and fasting during Ramadan. Alcohol is prohibited in Somalia. Always dress conservatively: men should wear long pants, and women should keep their arms and legs covered. Homosexuality is illegal and penalties can be extreme. In greeting, only members of the same clan exchange handshakes or kisses.

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