Getting Started

Exporting to Djibouti

U.S. Embassies are committed to supporting U.S. Companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Djibouti. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Djibouti as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

  1. Visit the page on Djibouti to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.  Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports.
  2. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Djibouti. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You
  3. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs).  Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  4.  Make use of business matchmaking services.

Investing in Djibouti

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Djibouti, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Visit host country resources, such as the National Investment Promotion Agency
  • For more information on establishing a business and the costs of doing business in Djibouti  Click here (PDF 2 MB).

 Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Djibouti, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Djibouti, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise

Working in Djibouti

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Djibouti, visit Djibouti eVisa

  • Requests for work permits must be submitted to ANEFIP. The annual cost is DJF 200.000 ($1130 USD). Once a work permit is approved,a request for a residency permit can be made with the National Police. The annual cost for a residency permit is  DJF 25.000 ($142 USD) .

Visit ANEFIP, for more information.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Djibouti.


The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.