Somaliland, a former British protectorate, is situated in the Horn of Africa. It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on 26 June 1960 and six days later joined with Somalia – a territory under UN mandated Italian trusteeship – to become the Somali Republic. On 18 May 1991 however, following the Somali Civil War and the subsequent collapse of the then central government, Somaliland self – declared independence as the Republic of Somaliland although this position has not been recognised internationally.
In Somaliland, the Immigration Department is responsible for border operations at 2 international airports, 6 seaports, 7 regional offices, 5 land borders, numerous internal checkpoints and a Headquarters operation including passport and visa operations.
WELCOME TO THE HOMEPAGE OF SOMALILAND IMMIGRATION AND BORDER CONTROL
Immigration Service is committed to exercising effective immigration control and enforcing the laws. Moreover, equal emphasis is placed on providing travel convenience and facilitation for tourists, business visitors and Somaliland residents in order to uphold Somaliland’s strength as an international financial and trade Centre as well as a tourism hub.
The services provided to local residents also include the issue of Somaliland passports and other travel documents, visas and identity cards, the handling of nationality matters.
24 hrs a day/ seven days a week coverage. Role is to check those coming from Ethiopia and Somalia to make sure they are not on wanted list of traffickers/ smugglers etc.