This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.
This post on Somalia has been requested. Somalia is difficult and dangerous to visit. Please get up to date advice on the security situation for the areas you wish to travel to.
Overland travel to Somalia is dangerous, sea travel has the problem of pirates and few airlines fly to Somalia. Unless you are working for United Nations or a member of international forces (eg anti-piracy) it is difficult and expensive to visit.
At the time of writing there are 3 regional airlines which fly between Mogadishu, Hargeisa or Berbera and Djibouti, Addis Ababa, Jeddah, Aden, Dubai, Sharjah and Nairobi.
TIP - Flight schedules may change at short notice due to unrest. Be flexible in your travel plans and allow plenty of time for contingencies.