Although the UN does not recognise Somaliland as a country, you DO require a visa for it and trust us, you cannot get it at the border.
Getting Somaliland visa in Addis Ababa
The visa process is fairly straightforward in Addis Ababa and you can obtain a Somaliland Visa on the same day. The embassy entrance door is unmarked, however, the embassy is marked with a Somaliland sign with flags, you can’t miss it. Knock on the gate and a guard will answer it.
Tell them you’d like to apply for a visa, and they’ll direct you towards a room with a few ladies that will assist you. You must complete the visa application that they supply to you, along with the below documents.
What you need to apply for Somaliland Visa
Completed application form supplied by the embassy
2 Passport Photos
Original Passport to get your visa stamped
Photocopy of your passport page
100 USD per visa. Cash only, no other currency accepted.
Details of the Embassy:
Opening Hours: You can apply for Somaliland visa from 8 am to 12 pm. Pick up is after 1 pm. Or 3 hours later.
Location: Address: Millennium Road, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The location of the embassy is correct on Google maps, next to the embassy of Malawi, just look for the flag of Somaliland.
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If you need to print or copy any documents we recommend using these two hotels not far from the embassy.
Desalegn Hotel on Cape Verde St
Azzeman Hotel is located on Namibia St (not far from Tomoca coffee, where we enjoyed coffee many times).
Have your documents on a USB stick as you can easily print them out as well as on email if they prefer to print it for you from their email.
DANESH Bank accepts all international cards and you can withdraw your daily limit (300 USD). When selecting the account, choose ‘Credit Card’ instead of ‘Savings/ Current’, it will then work for you.
Please Note:There is a working DANESH ATM machine and bank located just next to Tomoca coffee on Namibia St. We frequently withdrew cash from this reliable machine during our stay in Addis Ababa.
To prepare for your stay in Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland – we recommend pre-booking a hotel for your travel dates. There are few tourist hotels here, so it’s a good idea to have confirmation before your arrival.
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