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Somalia Travel Information

The Basics

Local Customs

Somalia practises very strict and conservative cultural traditions. As a predominantly Islamic country, it is not permissible to photograph women, policemen, or any military building or personnel. 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 leg covered. Homosexuality is punishable by death. In greeting, only members of the same clan exchange handshakes or kisses.

Duty Free

Visitors to Somalia may import up to 400 cigarettes/40 cigars/400g tobacco, one bottle of wine or spirits, and a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.

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