Somali militants have publicly threatened, and possess the capability, to carry out attacks in all areas of Somalia, including Mogadishu, Puntland and Somaliland. Further terrorist attacks could take place anywhere at any time.
Mogadishu International Airport, where there is a large presence of Westerners, remains a high priority target for extremists.
Significant recent events include: Attacks, resulting in deaths, have regularly been conducted against Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) targets, including on government buildings, in an ongoing attempt to undermine confidence in the Somalian government.
You should not travel through Somali airspace on aircraft without robust security measures. 2016 has seen an increase in terrorist attacks against government and public areas throughout Somalia, including Mogadishu.
Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia.
Elections are scheduled for September-October 2016. The lead up, and the election period, are likely to see an increase in terrorist activity.
As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, you should contact the nearest Consulate-General of Somalia for the most up to date information.
You should be aware that such establishments, where they exist, are affiliated with the central government, whose authority is not established throughout all of Somalia.
The Permanent Representative of the Somali Republic to the United Nations is located at 425 East 61st Street, Suite 702, New York, United States, NY10021, telephone (212) 688-9410/5046; fax (212) 759-0651.