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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 21 April 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.

Country-Specific Information:

  • As of April 21, more than 10557 cases of COVID-19 and 123 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.

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 Bouffard Hospital. While the test itself is free, a negative COVID-19 test certificate costs 5,000 Fdj or $30.
  • 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, all residents of Djibouti are eligible to receive vaccines.
  • Which vaccines are available in Djibouti? Djibouti currently has supplies of AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sputnik V. Djibouti is planning to obtain doses of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Per Ministry of Health information released via text from “CNIDCOVID19” Individuals ages 50 and above as well as those below the age of 50 with comorbidities are currently eligible to be vaccinated. Vaccinations are being conducted at Gouled Stadium Saturday-Thursday 8:15-12:45 and 14:00-16:00. To be vaccinated, eligible individuals must appear at a vaccination site and present evidence of identity such as a passport or valid residence card. Please continue to monitor messages received from CNIDCOVID19 for current vaccination eligibility and locations.
  • 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
  • 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 resumed limited routine immigrant visas and emergency and priority non-immigrant visas.. The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is not currently processing DNA appointments.
    • Immigrant Visa
      • The U.S. Embassy is currently accepting cases from NVC and KCC in all immigrant visa categories, however, our capacity is limited.
      • Due to limited capacity our backlog is significant 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 from cases that are already at another post.
    • Non-immigrant Visa
      • The U.S. Embassy is not currently processing routine nonimmigrant visas including B1/B2 visas.
      • We are processing diplomatic visas, student/exchange visitors and petition-based work visas. The Embassy is also processing cases for humanitarian emergencies. If you believe you qualify, please email ConsularDjibouti@state.gov.
      • We are unable to accept cases for individuals who are not normally resident in our Consular district (Djibouti, Yemen and Somalia).

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