Visa Regime

How To Apply For Visa On Arrival Approval Letter

  1. Contact your representative (business partners, company representative, protocol/Liaison officer, etc.)in Somalia
  2. The representatives files a formal request and for visa on arrival approval on your behalf stating the following :
    • Name of visitor
    • Passport number of visitor
    • Purpose of visit
    • Address in Somalia
    • Email address of the visitor
    • Guarantee letter for the security of visitor
  1. The representatives shall attach the following documents in support of the application
    • Copy of data page of visitor’s passport
    • Copy of valid return ticket


The request shall be processed and approval issued within 48hrs (2 working days)

After the approval letter is obtained (hard copy) by your representatives, an advanced copy will be forwarded to you by email, copies of the same document will be forwarded to the airline stated in your application, immigration officer at the ports of entry

Fill in the application form with your correct details and make payments at the port of entry.

Upon arrival at the port of entry proceed to clearly marked visa on arrival desk for issuance of entry visa. Present your approval letter, passport and evidence of payment for you to be issued with an entry visa.

Requirements For Issuance Of visa On Arrival At The Port Of Entry

  • Visa approval letter (pre-approved visa letter),valid for 14 days from the date of issuance.
  • Valid passport with minimum of six months validity
  • Valid return ticket
  • Two recent passport sized photographs
  • Payment of visa fee at the port of entry


The immigration and naturalization directorate issues visas to all foreigners coming to Somalia at very port of entry covering the whole country. The immigration directorate issues visas that are different in nature depending on the reason for the visit. Below are the types of visas
  • Transit visa
  • Business visa
  • Tourism visa
  • Work permit
  • Education and research visa
  • Temporary residence
  • Permanent residence
Reasons different from those mentioned above is considered breach of Somali’s immigration law and anyone caught to be in the country illegally will be prosecuted accordingly


Visa on arrival is available to citizens of all countries with no exception.

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