Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US State Department currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Djibouti due to terrorism and crime. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

[253] 21 45 30 00; US Embassy in Djibouti, Lot 350-B Haramouss, B.P. 185, Djibouti;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 351351; Fire: 18; Police: 17


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Djibouti: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, influenza, COVID-19.


Desert; torrid, dry

Currency (Code)

Djiboutian francs (DJF)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, E

Plug Type CPlug Type E

Major Languages

French, Arabic, Somali, Afar

Major Religions

Muslim 94%, Christian 6% (mainly foreign born residents)

Time Difference

UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Djibouti City; Lake Assal; Tadjoura; Ali Sabieh; Gulf of Tadjoura; Goba’ad Plain

Major Sports

Cricket, soccer

Cultural Practices

Unlike many western countries, the average work week in the country runs from Saturday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many private companies reopen in the afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is customary in Djibouti, with tips in restaurants being about 10%.


Malachite and amber beaded items, hammered silver jewelry, traditional African clothing and woven goods, tribal art and daggers, wooden and carved stone items, scented incense, coffee beans

Traditional Cuisine

Skoudekharis — a one-pot dish of rice and spices that includes generous portions of lamb

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, June 04, 2024