Emergency Financial Assistance

U.S. Consular Officers can assist U.S. citizens abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances.

U.S. citizens in Djibouti who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. You may also contact the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).

Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family members, banks, or employers to arrange for the transfer of funds. In some cases, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, see Emergency Financial Assistance for US Citizens Abroad.

Please keep in mind that financial assistance is not available for legal permanent residents of the United States or to Foreign Nationals married to American citizens. Citizens seeking assistance must demonstrate that they are unable to obtain another source of funds and will have their passport cancelled upon return to the U.S. Recipients of loans will not be eligible for another passport until they have repaid the loan.  Obtaining financial assistance takes several business days and must be initiated in-person during business hours.