Djibouti Travel Facts

Natural Features: Djibouti can be divided into three geographical regions: the coastal plain, the volcanic plateaus and the mountain ranges in the northcoastal plain and plateau separated by central mountains

Getting There:

Air: Aeroflot, Air France, Air Tanzania, Corsair, Ethiopian Airlines, Yemenia and Djibouti Airlines serve Djibouti.

Rail: The rail journey is far more preferable.

Road: You cannot enter or leave the country by land via Eritrea because there are no border guards and you may have trouble explaining the lack of entry stamps in your passport.

Sea: Very few travellers manage to negotiate sea passage out of Djibouti, as there is no passenger service. Cargo boats are out of the question.

Best Time To Visit: From June to August When the humidity is at its lowest.

Road: Buses link the capital with virtually every town in the country.

Sea and Lakes: Boats leave daily from L'Escale in Djibouti for Tadjoura and Obock on the north-east coast of the Gulf of Tadjoura.

Rail: There is a train to Ali Sabieh.

Driving: International Driving Permit recommended, temporary licence available from local authorities on presentation of UK licence.

Passport and Visa: Required, but NOT by the following:

  • Holders of a valid Seaman Book travelling on duty. Passport Validity: Passports must be valid 6 months beyond date of intended deaparture.

Visas: Required, but NOT by the following: (1) Nationals of Djibouti

Recommended Immunisation: diphtheria, hepatitis A. hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid. Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.

Compusory Vacination: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. Exempt infants under 1 year.

Religion: Christian, Muslim

Languages: Ar, En, Fr, So

Currency: Djibouti franc (DJF)

Credit Cards: All major cards accepted by large hotels, restaurants and travel agents.

Time: GMT+3

International Dialing Code: 253

International Radios: BBC KHz: (daytime) 17885,11940,9770, (evening) 21470,11940,6005

Business Hours: Banks are open from 7.00 to 1200 Monday to Saturday.Shops are open from 0800 to 1300 and 1600 to 1900 Monday to Saturday.Shops are open from 0730 to 1200 and 1600 to 1900 Monday to Saturday.

Weekly Days Off: Friday

Public Holidays: Assumption Day (Aug 15) , Assumption Day (Aug 15), All Saints Day (Nov 1), Christmas Day (25), New Year's Day (Feb 2), Labour Day (May 1), National Day (Jun 27)

Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz

Emergency Services: Police: 17 Fire: 18

Last Updated on Tuesday 1st December 2009