Somalia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving in Somalia-Somalia Car Rental

The situation in Somalia is obviously fast changing and constantly unstable. Currently most Governments advise against all travel to most of the country. The Al Shabaab terror group continue to issue threats against Westerners and Mogadishu remains a no go area.You should check your Governments website before considering travel to any part of Somalia.

The situation is Somaliland and Puntland is better than the rest of the country. Update from local travel agency from December 2013 –

Car rental is possible. Depending on the type of car there might be some restrictions. For example a lot of car rentals in Hargeisa rent 4WD only for a minimum of 5 days. Smaller cars can usually be rented for a day. One way rental is not possible and specially crossboarding towards Puntland and Mogadishu is difficult with a rental from Somaliland. The roads are not good in most areas. In Somaliland some new roads are being build as we speak. Be aware that a Special Police Unit (SPU) member is mandatory for traveling outside the capital and major cities. This means when you’re driving you need to be accompanied by a SPU. When it comes to safety, we can say Somaliland is safe for independent travelers. The SPU protection is just a measure taken by the government on its road to recognition. y. Nowadays more and more tourist are coming and the infrastructure is being build.

There are still functioning car rental companies in Somaliland though,and the website below usually has some car rental options.

This website may be able to offer advise on the current situation in Somaliland and option for renting vehicles-

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