Somalia is one of the countries in the Horn of Africa. The country borders the Gulf of Aden in the north, Djibouti to the northwest, Ethiopia to the west, the Indian Ocean in the east, and Kenya in the southwest. 

The official languages are Somali and Arabic. Swahili is popular in the south. Also, many people speak English or Italian. The predominant religion is Islam.

The country has the potential to be a travel destination, despite its troubled past and present situation marked by political and civil unrest, civil war, and military corps.

The currency here is Somali Shilling. The exchange rate is approximately 564 Shillings for 1 US Dollar. Hotels are the easiest and the safest place to exchange money. However, you should particularly avoid exchanging money in areas with crowds. Also, US Dollar is the preferable currency.

Credit cards are not acceptable. So are the traveler’s cheques. The import and export of local currency are limited to 200 Shillings. The import of foreign currency is unlimited. However, the amount should be declared upon arrival and exchanged within five days.

Car rental is available in Mogadishu. However, there is really no point in that, as traveling outside of the capital by car will be very difficult. Drivers ride on the right side of the road here.

As for electricity, Somalia uses type C sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 220 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

The country occupies the longest coastline in the Horn of Africa, and this explains the abundance of beaches in the country. Four regions comprise the nation. Southern Somalia is where the capital Mogadishu resides and where the majority of political unrest occurs.

The central portion of the country contains the Galguduud and Mudug regions. Also, Puntland is an autonomous region in the Horn with a developing government. Also, Somaliland is an independent region in the north with an already functioning government. Although, political instability still threatens its security. 

August 10, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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