Somaliland: Government bans Somalia’s E-passport as a Valid Travel Document in the Country


By Gulied Abdi Maher

Hargeisa (Somaliland Sun) – The government of Somaliland has revealed that the Somali passport is no longer a valid travel document in the country and those with the Mogadishu issued boarder pass currently in residence or transiting should seek other arrangements to legalize their stay.

The minister of interior Mr. Ali Mohammed Waran-ade was briefing the press in his office in Hargeisa, after holding discussions with a delegation from Ethiopia’s zone five region that is comprised of ministers and the ruling party senior official were on an official visit to the country.

Mr. Waran-ade and the Ethiopian delegation discussed about bilateral ties between the two friendly countries and matters of interest to both. “We share a long border with Ethiopia so we talked about how citizens from both countries could cross the borders, security and economic development of their people, many people use Somalia’s passport and want to cross the border into zone five regions (Kilinka)”.

The minister added the government of Somaliland does not recognize the Somali government thus her passport is illegal in Somaliland’s airports, seaports and other entry points.