SOMALIA

Warning: The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Somalia. Sporadic fighting among local militias continues in parts of the country. Kidnappings and other threats to foreigners occur unpredictably in virtually all regions. There is no national government in Somalia to offer security or police protection for travelers. There is no U.S. diplomatic presence in Somalia to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens. United Nations peacekeeping forces were withdrawn from Somalia in March 1995 and all U.S. citizens were advised to depart the country.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: Passport and Visa required.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Looting, banditry, and all forms of violent crime are common. While inter-clan conflicts have subsided in some areas of the country, skirmishes continue in Mogadishu, the Baidoa area, the lower Shabelle region, the Juba Valley north of Kismayo, and parts of the northwest.

Medical Information: There are virtually no health facilities or medicines available in Somalia. Travelers must be completely self-sufficient. Electricity, water, food and lodging are unobtainable on a regular basis in most parts of Somalia. Information on health matters may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559, Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/.

Registration: U.S. citizens who plan to enter Somalia are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, at the intersection of Moi and Haile Selassie Avenues, telephone (254-2) 334141. The mailing address is P.O. Box 30137, or Unit 64100, APO AE 09831, USA. Travelers to northwest Somalia may also register at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti at Plateau du Serpent, Blvd Marechal Joffre. The telephone is (253) 35-39-95 and the mailing address is P.O. Box 185, Djibouti.

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