Suspension of Routine Passport and Citizenship Services
Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of State is limiting its domestic passport operations. This has reduced our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas. If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents. In an emergency, we can assist you with an emergency passport for an adult or a minor. To request emergency passport services for U.S. citizens abroad, please contact us at DjiboutiACS@state.gov.
Update on International Flight Options
In cooperation with the Government of Djibouti and a local commercial airline, the U.S. Embassy organized a special commercial flight out of Djibouti for U.S. citizens and their family members, which departed Djibouti on March 30, 2020. On April 6, 2020 a special commercial flight departed Djibouti for Paris. While this flight was organized by the Embassy of France in Djibouti, space was made available for U.S. citizens who expressed interest in returning to the United States.
The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging further repatriation flights from Djibouti at this time. However, U.S. citizens who wish to depart Djibouti are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti by emailing DjiboutiACS@state.gov with the information listed below:
- Full name
- U.S. passport number
- Date of Birth
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Current Location and address
- Any pre-existing medical conditions
Update on Situation in Djibouti
On March 23, 2020, the Government of Djibouti imposed a general lockdown in the country, except for essential services. Traffic has been restricted to a minimum and is only allowed with government authorization. The lockdown has been extended through April 16, but is expected to last further. All passenger movement into and out of Djibouti has been suspended and the ground, sea, and air borders are closed to passenger traffic. The Djiboutian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also restricted military and humanitarian flights with personnel.
The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-10 in Djibouti reached 140 on April 9. The Djiboutian authorities continue to systematically identify and test contacts through active tracing. The Djiboutian Ministry of Health confirmed the first fatality by COVID-19 on April 9.
Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
Actions to Take
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your rist of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on trave.state.gov for the latest information
- Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/ or restrictions
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Djibouti
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
U.S. Embassy in Djibouti
Lotissment Haramous, Lot # 350-B
Djibouti City, Djibouti
(+253) 77-877-229 (after hours)
U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Djibouti Country Information
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