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Last updated: 22 October 2020
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit coronavirus.gov.
- As of late October, more than 5,500 cases of COVID-19 and 61 fatalities have been confirmed by authorities in Djibouti.
- Restaurants, nightclubs, and the movie theater at Bawadi Mall are currently open.
- On October 20, the land borders were closed by presidential decree for a period of 15 days. The airport remains open.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
- On July 17, 2020, Djibouti’s Ambouli International Airport opened for incoming and outgoing passenger traffic. Air Djibouti, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, flydubai, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines have all resumed flights in and out of Djibouti.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Foreign test certificates are not accepted; all travelers will be screened upon arrival and must have a negative result in order to enter.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Travelers coming to Djibouti by air/sea/land must be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival at ports of entry and the test must be negative in order for an individual to enter the country.
- Upon arrival at Ambouli International Airport, all passengers are tested for COVID-19 using a minimally invasive saliva test. Travelers identified with the virus either go into isolation and treatment at a local hospital or quarantine at their hotel. Travelers will have to pay 5000 Fdj or $30 to cover the cost of the COVID-19 saliva test.
- Travelers coming to Djibouti must be equipped with protective masks at the time of departure or arrival at the points of entry, respect the physical distance of one meter, if possible, at all stages of the journey and carry a hydro-alcoholic gel throughout the trip.
- If a high percentage of passengers on a particular flight receive a positive saliva test, the Government of Djibouti may require all passengers to complete a second, nasal swab COVID-19 test.
Some destinations beyond Djibouti require a negative COVID-19 test certificate for entry. Airlines may require passengers heading to these destinations to show a negative COVID-19 test certificate before allowing them to board their flight. Please contact your airline for more information.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are U.S. Citizens required to quarantine? No.
- The Government of Djibouti offers COVID-19 tests at Bouffard Hospital. While the test itself is free, a negative COVID-19 test certificate costs 5,000 Fdj or $30.
- Laboratoire D’Analyses Medicales Abdan located next to the Institut Français de Djibouti, Salines Ouest is open Saturday to Thursday from 7:00am to 12:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A COVID-19 test costs 8900 Fdj.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
Is public transportation operating? Yes.
- Passenger service on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railroad remains suspended.
Due to the global and local impact of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti suspended all routine consular services on March 15, 2020. The Embassy continues to operate on reduced staffing due to COVID-19. We are unable to provide an estimate on when the embassy will resume full normal operations.
While the Embassy has resumed a limited number of routine visa and passport services, all passport visa and passport applicants should anticipate a several months wait before the embassy resumes full consular operations.
- ACS Services: Passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and Notarial appointments may be scheduled online by visiting https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=DJI&appcode=1.
- We encourage U.S. citizens in need of emergency services to contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at DjiboutiACS@state.gov.
- Visa Services: The Embassy has resumed a limited number of visa services. For questions involving immigrant visa cases as well as the availability of non-immigrant visa appointments, please contact ConsularDjibouti@state.gov.
- Djiboutian Ministry of Health
- Djiboutian Ministry of Health Facebook Page
- Toll free 24×7 COVID-19 hotline: 1517 (French, Somalia, Afar)
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- CDC Djibouti Travel Page
- COVID-19 – Visa Services and Restrictions