US to evacuate citizens in Somalia at own cost: Embassy

The U.S. government has asked its nationals living in Somalia and willing to be evacuated at own cost to file their contact details as soon as possible.

Officials at the US Embassy in Mogadishu issued a notice on this week asking anyone ready to buy a ticket out of Somalia to send their information via an online platform to be helped out of the country.

One of the conditions issued said only US will be evacuated as long as they can pay their own ticket.
According to the health alert, those wishing to leave the country can book a flight with Ethiopian Airlines on a one-way basis.

No future flight

The embassy however warned there was no guarantee of a future flight.

“There is no guarantee that future flights will be available,” the alert read in part.

The Embassy strongly urged all U.S. citizens considering a departure from Somalia to book seats on this flight immediately.

“A decision to pass on this flight is, for all intents and purposes, a decision to shelter in place for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the embassy said.

The flight will depart on 14th May 2020, according to the embassy.

“The U.S. Embassy has collaborated with Ethiopian Airlines (ET) to establish a charter flight from Mogadishu (MGQ) to Dulles, Virginia (IAD), departing on Thursday, May 14 with a stop in Addis Ababa,” the embassy said.

In addition, those U.S. citizens will have to prove they are free of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which means they will have to be certified by medical authorities.

Somalia has so far recorded over 990 cases of Coronavirus with death toll standing at 40.

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