COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Jun 13, 2022

*** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of March 12, more than 15,564 cases of COVID-19 and 186 fatalities have been confirmed by authorities in Djibouti.
  • Restaurants, nightclubs, and the movie theater at Bawadi Mall are currently open.
  • Masks are required inside all buildings.
  • As of November 11, 2021 individuals must have a certificate confirming a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours of boarding any flight bound for Djibouti. The certificate must not be issued more than 120 hours prior to their arrival in Djibouti.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Djibouti? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • The Government of Djibouti offers COVID-19 tests at King Fahd and has a pop-up site near the Treasury. While the test itself is free, a negative COVID-19 test certificate costs 5,000 Fdj or $30. Additionally you may pay 5,000 Fdj to request a test be conducted at your residence.
  • Test results are delivered by phone.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.   To submit information in support of an exemption, email DjiboutiACS@state.gov

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Djibouti approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Djibouti for U.S. citizens to receive?
  • Which vaccines are available in Djibouti? Djibouti currently has supplies of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Sputnik V and Johnson & Johnson.
  • Individuals ages 18 and above are currently eligible to be vaccinated. Vaccinations are being conducted at the Palais de Peuple. To be vaccinated, eligible individuals must appear at a vaccination site and present evidence of identity such as a passport or valid residence card.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Please follow the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and the Government of Djibouti’s COVID-19 information website for more information.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes with an approved eVisa obtained in advance of travel.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, travelers are tested upon arrival.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • All travelers must present a negative COVID test certificate within 72 hours of boarding any flight bound for Djibouti and not more than 120 hours prior to their arrival in Djibouti; all travelers will be screened upon arrival and must have a negative result in order to enter.
    • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. Citizens required to quarantine? No, unless they have a positive COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?
  • Is public transportation operating? Passenger service on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railroad remains suspended.

Consular Operations:

  • What ACS services are being offered? The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is able to process all routine ACS services. Please contact DjiboutiACS@state.gov for assistance.
  • What visa services are being offered? The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti has routine immigrant visas and limited non-immigrant visas.
    • Immigrant Visa
      • The U.S. Embassy is currently accepting cases from NVC and KCC in all immigrant visa categories.
      • Due to our limited capacity and significant backlog, we are unable to accept transfer requests for visa applications from individuals who are not physically present in our consular district of Djibouti, Yemen, and Northern Somalia.
      • Due to the backlog of cases transferred from other posts are currently being scheduled 4-5 months from the date of transfer. It may not be faster to have your case processed in Djibouti.
    • Non-immigrant Visa
      • The U.S. Embassy currently has very limited nonimmigrant visas appointments.
      • We are unable to accept visa applications from individuals who are not physically present in our consular district of Djibouti, Yemen, and Northern Somalia.
      • The consular section is processing diplomatic visas, student/exchange visitors and petition-based work visas. The wait for an appointment is 90 days.
      • The U.S. Embassy has very limited routine nonimmigrant visa appointments available. The wait is 365+ days.
      • The U.S. Embassy is processing urgent humanitarian cases. If you believe you qualify, please email ConsularDjibouti@state.gov.
    • DNA Appointments
      • The U.S. Embassy has resumed limited DNA collection on behalf of USCIS. There is a significant backlog for USCIS DNA collection, wait time currently exceed 1 year.

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