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Last updated: 2 September, 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 August, more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 and 60 fatalities have been confirmed by authorities in Djibouti.
- Restaurants are currently open. The movie theater at Bawadi Mall and other large venues such as bars and nightclubs remain closed.
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? No.
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 or depart Djibouti on the next flight without leaving the airport. 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 normal operations.
While the U.S. Department of State is beginning to resume a very limited number of routine visa and passport services, all visa and passport applicants should anticipate a several months wait before the embassy resumes full consular operations.
- ACS Services: We encourage U.S. citizens in need of passport services or assistance to contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at DjiboutiACS@state.gov. Appointments are currently scheduled via e-mail. However, appointments starting in November may be scheduled online by visiting https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=DJI&appcode=1.
- Visa Services: For questions involving immigrant visa cases, please contact ConsularDjibouti@state.gov.
- Toll free 24×7 COVID-19 hotline: 1517 (French, Somalia, Afar)