Somalia off limits

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The State Department continues to warn against all travel to Somalia, where assassinations, suicide bombings and indiscriminate armed attacks in populated areas are frequent.

Terrorist operatives and armed groups have demonstrated their intent and capability to attack air operations at Mogadishu International Airport.

Kidnapping, murder, illegal roadblocks, banditry and other violent incidents and threats to foreigners can occur in any region. Unpredictable armed conflicts among rival militias are prevalent in southern Somalia, particularly in and around Mogadishu. This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Somali nationals and the displacement of nearly one million people.

The Sanaag and Sool regions in eastern Somaliland, bordering on Puntland (in the northeast), are particularly unsafe due to interclan fighting.

Avoid sailing closer than 300 miles from the coast of Somalia. Merchant vessels, fishing boats and recreational craft all risk seizure by pirates and having their crews held for ransom in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.

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The State Department continues to warn against all travel to Somalia, where assassinations, suicide bombings and indiscriminate armed attacks in populated areas are frequent.

Terrorist operatives and armed groups have demonstrated their intent and capability to attack air operations at Mogadishu International Airport.

Kidnapping, murder, illegal roadblocks, banditry and other violent incidents and threats to foreigners can occur in any region. Unpredictable armed conflicts among rival militias are prevalent in southern Somalia, particularly in and around Mogadishu. This has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Somali nationals and the displacement of nearly one million people.

The Sanaag and Sool regions in eastern Somaliland, bordering on Puntland (in the northeast), are particularly unsafe due to interclan fighting.

Avoid sailing closer than 300 miles from the coast of Somalia. Merchant vessels, fishing boats and recreational craft all risk seizure by pirates and having their crews held for ransom in the waters off the Horn of Africa, especially in the international waters near Somalia.