COVID-19 Information

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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.

Country-Specific Information:

  • More than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 and 59 fatalities have been confirmed by authorities in Djibouti to date.
  • After successive weeks of improvement, the COVID-19 situation in Djibouti has worsened with numbers of active cases returning to their mid-July levels.  The increase stems mainly from people testing positive at border crossings.
  • On July 17, 2020, Djibouti’s Ambouli International Airport opened for incoming and outgoing passenger traffic.  Air Djibouti, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines have all resumed flights in and out of Djibouti.
  • Passenger service on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railroad remains suspended.
  • Restaurants are currently open, while nightclubs, bars and movie theaters are scheduled to reopen on September 1st.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • On 16 July, the Ministry of Health issued a circular note on the reopening of borders, specifying the health protocols for passengers.  Travelers coming to Djibouti by air/sea/land must be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival at ports of entry.  In addition, 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.
  • 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.
  • Some destinations beyond Djibouti require a negative COVID-19 test certificate for entry.  The only facility in Djibouti offering these tests is Bouffard Hospital, charging $30 per test.  Airlines may require passengers heading to these destinations to show a negative COVID-19 test certificate before allowing them to board their flight.

American Citizen Services and Visa Services:

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.

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.

For questions involving immigrant visa cases, please contact ConsularDjibouti@state.gov.

Other Links:

COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
Country Information and Travel Advisory page
CDC Djibouti Travel Page  
COVID-19 – Visa Services and Restrictions