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Most Countries are Accepting Somali Passport, Says Immigration Boss

Most Countries are Accepting Somali Passport, Says Immigration Boss

Muqdisho | QOL | July 29, 2017— Many of world countries are now accepting travelers with Somali Passport following extensive work on security features and tightening the application process by the citizens, Head of Somali Immigration and Naturalization Mohamed Aden Kofi announced.

In a press conference in Mogadishu on Friday, Mr. Kofi said he paid persistent visits to numerous countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, where he has been discussing immigration officials for the recognition of the Somali Electronic Passport adopted in 2007, leading the continent with the digitized passport roll out.
“Since when we took office, we have opened discussions with other immigration partners in many countries. So far, we have re-established border control posts between Somalia and Ethiopia and between Somalia and Kenya.” he said.
The immigration head noted recent visits to Norway and Sweden where the issue of visas for Somali nationals discussed.
“Majority of the countries are now accepting Somali Passport for visa applications,” Kofi said. “We are working with other countries in America to persuade them to recognize the passport.”
Mr. Kofi pointed out measures taken by the immigration department under the Internal Security Ministry to comply with strict rules for the applicants of the citizenship document.
“The security features of our passport is reliable hundred per cent. That is why an increasing number of nations are issuing visas for the Somali Passport holders.” he said.
A recent report by financial advisory firm Arton Capital, Somalia’s passport ranks 78th place out of 80, giving passport holders access to 39 countries without an advanced visa. It ranks higher than Ethiopia, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan.
Since 2012, Somalia’s government has launched a new era of diplomatic relations with foreign countries. It has since reopened embassies that have been closed since 1991.
In March this year, following President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to Nairobi, Kenya agreed to grant visa on arrival for Somali diplomatic and civil servant passport holders.
Many of world countries are now accepting travelers with Somali Passport following extensive work on security features and tightening the application process by the citizens, Head of Somali Immigration and Naturalization Mohamed Aden Kofi announced.
In a press conference in Mogadishu on Friday, Mr. Kofi said he paid persistent visits to numerous countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, where he has been discussing immigration officials for the recognition of the Somali Electronic Passport adopted in 2007, leading the continent with the digitized passport roll out.
“Since when we took office, we have opened discussions with other immigration partners in many countries. So far, we have re-established border control posts between Somalia and Ethiopia and between Somalia and Kenya.” he said.
The immigration head noted recent visits to Norway and Sweden where the issue of visas for Somali nationals discussed.
“Majority of the countries are now accepting Somali Passport for visa applications,” Kofi said. “We are working with other countries in America to persuade them to recognize the passport.”
Mr. Kofi pointed out measures taken by the immigration department under the Internal Security Ministry to comply with strict rules for the applicants of the citizenship document.
“The security features of our passport is reliable hundred per cent. That is why an increasing number of nations are issuing visas for the Somali Passport holders.” he said.
A recent report by financial advisory firm Arton Capital, Somalia’s passport ranks 78th place out of 80, giving passport holders access to 39 countries without an advanced visa. It ranks higher than Ethiopia, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan.
Since 2012, Somalia’s government has launched a new era of diplomatic relations with foreign countries. It has since reopened embassies that have been closed since 1991.
In March this year, following President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to Nairobi, Kenya agreed to grant visa on arrival for Somali diplomatic and civil servant passport holders.
Source: SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE –
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