Overland Somalia Travel

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Visiting Somalia[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Somalia with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: (2017)

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Somalia, application instructions and fees see: Somalia Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)

  • Visa on Arrival $60 per person for a Month.
  • Keep copies of vehicle registration.

Process at border[edit]

  • Visa on Arrival
  • Leave a Copy of registration
  • Recieve Entry Document

Cost of entry[edit]

Varies between entry points but will not exceed $100.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

  • 1 month

Extension of stay[edit]

  • 1 month extension

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

  • Main Hotels they usually have secure car parks, prices are negotiable

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

  • Need to show Entry document.

Driving in Somalia[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Somalia[edit]

Lonely Planet Africa (multi Country Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Africa (multi Country Travel Guide)
by Anthony Ham, James Bainbridge, Tim Bewer, Stuart B...
From $9.98 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon

Travel insurance for Somalia[edit]

  • Takaful Africa

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Not for foreign cars but recommended

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

  • Takaful Africa contact them details on their website.

Driving license[edit]

International Driving Licence Acceptable.

Driving side of road[edit]

  • Right.
  • RHD vehicles can be driven as temporary imports in Somalia without problems. Many people have done it since late 2017.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher.


General Road quality[edit]

  • Limited Tarmac mostly rough roads.

Road signs[edit]

  • Only on the recently built or renovated roads.

Toll roads[edit]


Bribery in Somalia[edit]

Usually at Checkpoints. $5 to $50 one time, build rapport you will get valuable information regarding the roads, safety and etc


Military Checkpoints

Traveling with pets[edit]


Gas price in Somalia and Diesel price in Somalia[edit]

Last updated: (last updated date)

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)
Diesel $0.00 USD per Gallon (US)

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

  • Always Available and very cheap.
  • Mostly Gas stations are located in cities and towns none outskirts.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

  • Dont drive at night
  • Tinted windows are not Allowed.
  • Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup is not allowed in government held areas and will be hijacked in other areas.
  • Always carry a copy of your ID.

Vehicle parking[edit]

'* During daytime you can park outside but at night there are secure parking spots.

Special driving considerations[edit]

  • More Common sense than rules.
  • Never get into a road rage.
  • Passenger buses are the most nuisance.

Security advisories and information[edit]

South Somalia is dangerous especially the border area with kenya but central and northern somalia are safe.

Camping in Somalia[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

  • Bottled water.


  • Google maps

Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Somalia

Horn Of Africa: Ethiopia - Eritrea - Somalia - Djibout...
Horn Of Africa: Ethiopia - Eritrea - Somalia - Djibout...
by Reise Knowhow
From $12.95 on Amazon
Nonfiction Reading And Writing Workshop Springboard: A...
Nonfiction Reading And Writing Workshop Springboard: A...
by National Geographic Learning
From $14.95 on Amazon
Somalia & Djibouti 1:1,700,000 Travel Map (internation...
Somalia & Djibouti 1:1,700,000 Travel Map (internation...
by ITM Canada
From $4.99 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Africa Planning Map
Lonely Planet Africa Planning Map
by Lonely Planet
From $7.99 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Somalia[edit]

Tracks4Africa are the undisputed best GPS maps for Africa.
Tracks4Africa is an SD Card for Garmin GPS, and contain Routable turn-by-turn maps with 809,000 kms of roads and over 129,000 points of interest.

Gps Map Of Africa
Gps Map Of Africa
From $click on Amazon

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Somalia[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Somalia[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

Helpful External links[edit]

Add any helpful external links here.