The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland except for the cities of Hargeisa and Berbera to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel. Any British nationals in areas of Somalia to which the FCO advise against all travel should leave. Any British nationals in Hargeisa or Berbera who are not on essential travel should leave.

There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping, throughout Somalia, including Somaliland. Terrorist groups have made threats against westerners and those working for western organisations. The FCO believes that there is a constant threat of terrorist attack in Mogadishu. The FCO also believes that terrorists continue to plan attacks against westerners in Somaliland.

Terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate, including in crowded places, high-profile events, events involving government officials and in places frequented by foreigners. See Terrorism.

Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. There is also a high threat of maritime terrorism in the territorial and international waters off Somalia. See Sea travel.

All areas across Somalia are suffering food shortages resulting in the displacement of thousands of Somali people. See Local Travel.

The FCO is unable to provide consular assistance in Somalia.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Source: FCO


  1. FCO should consider all part of somaliland we are highly in stable peace without treat . i am advising FCO to consider somaliland and not just estimate oral just to do the survey. we have much peace than development government in the world . we trust our democratic governance with operation bureau de change scattered on the street also precious jeweleries sold on street without theft or robberies where on earth are u expecting country like this and still sovereign ??????? we are cry for freedom for recognition of somaliland we trust our militarizes and highly intelligence service offered . viva silanyo viva somaliland we are unity as somalilanders .“It is the peculiar boast of our country, that her happiness is alone dependent on the collective wisdom and virtue of her citizens, and rests not on the exertions of any individual And whatever our faith — whatever our faith, one belief should bind us all: The measure of our character is our willingness to give of ourselves for others and for our country.“

  2. Yeah we know Burao in particular is heaving with Salafised fanatics. In fact the whole country is being taken over by Salafism and where there is salafism violence is inevitable. So instead of whining about FCO advising their citizens not to go where there might be a potential threat, we should at least confront the the replacement of our beautiful islam with Saudi culture and Saudi cults. Otherwise we will soon all wake up in a Talibanised land.

    • Why always cause aggravation?. arrogant and ignorant individuals like you stir things up.If westernized, Buraoian still have their religion and culture so shush up.

  3. Fair game
    No that is the whole point Bro/sis. They do NOT have their faith. Not anymore. they have a new cult called Salafism. The same ideology our forefathers fought against when certain Mad Mullah tried to introduce it. We lost one third of our population. And now it is just taking over and destroying our Islam. And dont call me Westernezed young person: I drink ajo Shah and wash my face with habeed.

    • @Kabocalaf
      Dead wrong about the Salafi interpretation. For knowledge sake it means – to practice religion as it supposed to be – not a cult as you always defined. Understand our ancestors only knew basics. Recently, the young generation deeply learnt and trying to revive it.. Am against any fanatics too but your ideology is off limit and.would suggest for repentance.
      May Allah guide you back to the right path’