Djibouti visas are required by all.
Required by all except those continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft without leaving the airport.
Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from infected areas. All infants under 1 year are exempt.
Recommended immunisations: Cholera, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, TB, Tetanus & Typhoid.
Risks: Malaria all year throughout the country. Rabies.
The coastal area is very hot with inland temperatures a little lower. Temperatures May-Sep (dry season) 35°, Oct-Apr 25°. Rainfall is poor on the coast and usually falls between Nov-Mar. Further inland rain is more reliable and occurs between Apr-Oct.
Location of Djibouti: East Africa
Local Time in Djibouti: GMT+3
Capital City of Djibouti: Djibouti
Population of Djibouti: 864,000
Language(s) spoken in Djibouti: French, Arabic, Afar, Somali, some English
Dialling Code for Djibouti: 253
Emergency numbers in Djibouti: Police: 17. Fire: 18
Driving in Djibouti: Driving is on the right. International Driving Permit recommended, temporary licence available from local authorities on presentation of UK licence
Electricity in Djibouti: 220V AC 50Hz
Currency of Djibouti: Djibouti Franc (DJF 1 = 100 Centimes)
Notes: DJF: 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000
Coins: DJF: 10, 20, 50, 100
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Djibouti does not belong to the French Monetary Area. French banknotes and all foreign currencies may be negotiated. Travellers cheques issued in French Francs or Sterling are not accepted unless they are endorsed `external account'
Opening Hours in Djibouti:
Bank: 0715-1145 Sat-Thur, small financial agencies 1515-1730
Office: 0630-1300 Sat-Thur
Shops: 0730-1200 & 1600-1900
Hints for Djibouti: Women should wear modest clothes. A headscarf is recommended. Business is conducted in French and Arabic, only very few people speak English. Care should be taken to respect local conventions. Muslim customs do not encourage drinking. Use the right and not the left hand when passing or receiving food or gifts. Do not show soles of the feet when seated. Segregation of women sometimes occurs but only on certain occasions like festivals. Visits during Ramadan should be avoided. On social occasions dress as for business meetings unless otherwise indicated
Tipping in Djibouti: Service charges are sometimes included in the bill, if not tips are welcome. Taxi fares include tips
Import Allowances for Djibouti: For persons of 17 years of age or older:
Travellers entering from non-EU countries:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250gr of tobacco
1 lit of spirits of more than 22° proof or 2 lit of up to 22° proof & 2 lit of still table wine
60ml of perfume & 250ml of toilet water
Other goods to the value of EUR 45.73 (EUR 22.86 for persons under 15 years)
Travellers entering from EU countries (goods obtained duty & tax paid - guidance levels):
800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars & 1 kg of tobacco
10 lit of spirits, 20 lit of fortified wine, 90 lit of wine, of this not more than 60 lit of sparkling wine & 110 lit of beer
Perfume, toilet water and other goods no limit
Djibouti International Ambouli (JIB)