Press release

FCO warns of threat to Westerners in Somaliland

FCO Travel Advice urges British nationals to leave Somaliland in response to specific threat to Westerners

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Foreign Office Travel Advice already advises against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland, and advises all British nationals to leave. We are now aware of a specific threat to Westerners in Somaliland, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately. As our travel advice continues to make clear, kidnapping for financial or political gain, motivated by criminality or terrorism, remains a threat throughout Somalia. Our new travel advice for Somalia, including Somaliland, can be found here

We will keep our Travel Advice under constant review. We cannot comment further on the nature of the threats at this time.

Further information

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Published 27 January 2013