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Last updated: October 13, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- As of October 12, more than 13,320 cases of COVID-19 and 178 fatalities have been confirmed by authorities in Djibouti.
- Restaurants, nightclubs, and the movie theater at Bawadi Mall are currently open.
- As of March 22, masks are required inside all buildings.
- As of November 11, individuals must have a certificate confirming a negative 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.
- 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? Yes.
- Which vaccines are available in Djibouti? Djibouti currently has supplies of AstraZeneca, 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 vaccines in 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
- Are U.S. Citizens required to quarantine? No, unless they have a positive COVID-19 test upon arrival.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes. Passenger service on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railroad remains suspended.
- 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.
- Please note due to COVID-19 closures and delays there is a significant backlog and wait times are longer than normal. It may take several months longer than normal to obtain an appointment from the National Visa Center for Djibouti.
- Due to our limited capacity and significant backlog, we are unable to accept transfer requests for visa applications from individuals who are not resident in our consular district of Djibouti, Yemen, and Northern Somalia.
- Due to the backlog cases transferred from other posts are currently being scheduled 5-6 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 resident 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 60 days.
- The U.S. Embassy has very limited routine nonimmigrant visa appointments available. The wait is 180+ 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 temporary suspended DNA collection on behalf of USCIS due to local COVID conditions as well as staffing limitations and unprecedented high demand.
- Once we can resume DNA collection on behalf of USCIS, please note it may take some time to schedule your appointment as we have a backlog of several hundred cases and appointments are scheduled in the order that kits are received. Once we are able to schedule your case you will be contacted with an appointment date and time.
- Immigrant Visa
- Djiboutian Ministry of Health
- Djiboutian Ministry of Health Facebook Page
- Toll free 24×7 COVID-19 hotline: 1517 (French, Somalia, Afar)