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Somalia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +3.

Language

The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic, but many other languages are spoken.

Local Customs

Somalia practises very strict and conservative Islamic cultural traditions. Avoid religious debates and respect Islamic traditions such as the call to prayer and fasting during Ramadan. Alcohol is prohibited in Somalia. Always dress conservatively, men should wear long pants, and women should keep their arms and legs covered. Homosexuality is illegal and penalties can be extreme. In greeting, only members of the same clan exchange handshakes or kisses.

Somalia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +3.

Language

The official languages of Somalia are Somali and Arabic, but many other languages are spoken.

Local Customs

Somalia practises very strict and conservative Islamic cultural traditions. Avoid religious debates and respect Islamic traditions such as the call to prayer and fasting during Ramadan. Alcohol is prohibited in Somalia. Always dress conservatively, men should wear long pants, and women should keep their arms and legs covered. Homosexuality is illegal and penalties can be extreme. In greeting, only members of the same clan exchange handshakes or kisses.