Thinking about doing some oil and gas contracting in Somalia? It’s a great opportunity, but you need to be aware of your responsibilities beforehand.
Visas for oil and gas contractors in Somalia
You may be tempted to enter the country on a tourist or business visa, especially if you’re on a regular Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO) rotation.
We strongly advise against this.
Working without the correct permit is often illegal and carries harsh penalties. This can result in fines, immigration nightmares, and legal trouble for you (and the end client).
How to get the right visas and permits
You usually need a work permit to contract in Somalia. To get one of those, an employer must sponsor you. Unfortunately for freelance workers, end clients are often reluctant to sponsor contractors.
Unless you’re already well-acquainted with immigration and employment law in Somalia, it can be tedious and stressful to sort out what you need and how to get it. Learn more about the necessary documentation and application process for visas and permits here.
How to simplify getting the right permit
You don’t have to approach these administrative barriers on your own. There are experts who specialise in helping contractors work in Somalia. Umbrella Companies can sponsor you for your work permit, and even help you figure out your taxes in Somalia and at home.
You technically become an “employee” of the Umbrella Company, without sacrificing your independence as a contractor. This way, you maximise the benefits of oil and gas contracting in Somalia, while minimising the aggravating admin and immigration barriers.