Citing COVID-19 pandemic, Somalia suspends visa-on-arrival for Kenya nationals

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons, Somalia on December 7 suspended visa-on-arrival for Kenya nationals.

In a statement issued on December 7, Somalia’s immigration authority said, “In line with the federal government’s policy of ensuring security, improving migration management and reducing the risks of COVID-19 infections, all Kenyan passport holders travelling to Somalia are obliged to obtain visas from Somali embassies.”

“Any traveller with a Kenyan passport that does not adhere to the above policy will be denied entry,” it added.

The new directive will be put into force from December 13, 2020. Also, it will see ordinary passport holders apply for the travel permit before departing Nairobi while diplomatic passport holders will be required to seek approval from Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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