COVID-19: Somaliland

Current Situation in Somaliland

Somaliland has recorded 1,168 cases of COVID-19 as of November 10, with the first case confirmed in March 2020. All COVID-19 restrictions previously imposed to prevent the intensity and spread of the pandemic were lifted on June 30, 2020. No bans on public gatherings are in place, while social events, including tourist sites, and other places of interest are free to operate.

Somaliland’s effectiveness in controlling the virus despite its diplomatic isolation and lack of international assistance has been subject to praise, drawing a comparison with the pandemic efforts in Taiwan.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • All incoming travelers to the Republic of Somaliland must produce a negative COVID-19 certificate, taken no more than four days prior to arrival in the country.

  • There is currently no ban on international flights.

Entering through Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia reopened all air and land borders.

  • Travelers who have a scheduled layover in Addis Ababa but are transiting for up to 24 hours may remain in the airport's departure lounge. For those waiting for longer than 24 hours, a designated hotel will be provided.

  • Passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than five days prior to their arrival in Ethiopia. This requirement is mandatory even for those transiting through Addis Ababa.

  • Those leaving the airport are required to spend seven days in self-isolation and provide the location of isolation upon arrival. This includes those arriving by air and land.

  • Screening measures are in place at points of entry. Travelers will have their temperature checked and are required to complete a health form pertaining to recent travel.

Movement Restrictions

  • No movement restrictions are in effect in Somaliland at this time.

Quarantine Upon Arrival

  • No mandatory quarantine is in effect.

COVID-19 Testing

  • The likelihood of foreign nationals accessing local COVID-19 testing is low.


  • The wearing of face masks in public places is not mandatory.


  • Public transportation is operational.


  • Travelers without a valid COVID-19 test will not be allowed into the country.

Major Cities in Somaliland


  • Somaliland’s capital Hargeisa has confirmed the most cases of COVID-19 in the country.


  • This city of Bender, Somaliland’s second largest city, has confirmed the second most cases in the country.

More Information

Somaliland COVID-19 (Somali)

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