By: The PH Team
The Somaliland passport is the passport of the unrecognized country of Somaliland.
Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991 and has been unrecognized ever since. Unlike its southern neighbour, Somaliland authorities have been able to keep the country secure from outside and domestic threats.
In addition, Somaliland is considered the only democracy in the Horn of Africa. Until recently, Somalilanders who wished to travel abroad would generally be required to obtain a Somali passport - which they are entitled to.
Since that could only be done in Mogadishu and not from within Somaliland, most people would be forced to buy a Somali passport from a local street vendor, located in Hargeisa's Money Market. Of course, these passports were not authorized by the Somali government.
Although the country is unrecognized, the Somaliland passport is surprisingly accepted by a few different countries, namely; the UAE, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Kenya.
Once Somaliland achieves its goal of recognition, a number of other countries have stated that they will allow Somalilanders to travel to their countries as well, subject to visa regulations.