Visas

On May 1, 2018, Embassy Djibouti began to review the waiver eligibility of applicants whose visas were refused before May 1, 2018 to ensure all applicants had their waiver eligibility assessed consistent with our waiver criteria. If your applicant was refused before May 1, 2018 there is nothing you need to do at this time.

For applicants whose visa applications were refused under PP 9645 after May 1, 2018 the refusal letter provided to you by the consular officer at the conclusion of your interview is still operative.  If the refusal letter indicated that a waiver will not be granted in your case, then that decision is final and the Embassy will not review your case further.  If the refusal letter indicated that a consular officer is reviewing your eligibility for a waiver, then the Embassy will notify you when its review is complete.

If we require additional information, we will contact you.

If we determine that you are eligible for a waiver, we will contact you.

Check your case status in the CEAC at https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspxfor the most up-to-date information available on your case.  During the entire duration of the waiver eligibility assessment, your CEAC will indicate that your visa application has been refused but it is undergoing necessary “administrative processing.

Effective immediately, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti will maintain the originally scheduled NVC appointment and will no longer require a medical exam for applicants to maintain their visa appointment, or to re-schedule or initiate an immigrant visa interview. Applicants who missed their original appointment and would like to re-schedule should email DjiboutiNoShow@state.gov. However, re-scheduling appointments may take time, so we strongly encourage all visa applicants to attend their NVC scheduled appointment.

We are changing the delivery method for completed medical exam results. Rather than the panel physicians shipping the results to the office as they have in the past, the results directly to the applicant in a sealed envelope. The visa applicants will also be provided instructions directing them to bring the results to the Consular Section on the day of their interview (or that they drop the medical results off themselves to the embassy if we request a follow up exam). Furthermore, the applicants are not to open the sealed envelope for any reason; doing so will result in them having to re-do their medical exam.

First time applicants must present an NVC Appointment letter in order to schedule a medical exam. The DS-260 confirmation sheet is no longer sufficient for a first time applicant to schedule a medical exam. If the applicant would like to expedite their interview, they or their representative must email NVCExpedite@state.gov. A completed medical exam is no longer sufficient to request an expedited appointment at U.S. Embassy Djibouti.

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti will no longer email the panel physicians a list of applicants who are permitted to do, or re-do, their medical exams. As noted in point 3, first time applicants must present an NVC appointment letter. Applicants who are re-doing their medical exams should be permitted to do so at any time if their previous exam has expired.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

Email inquiries: ConsularDjibouti@state.gov

Public Hours

Nonimmigrant Visas
Appointments – Mondays  7:30 – 10:30

Immigrant Visas
Appointments – Sundays to Thursdays  7:30 – 11:30

Document(s) passback
Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 15:00 – 16:00
Visa passback for both visa and passport services

Document drop off for immigrant visas (Consular Entrance)
Sundays to Thursdays (except U.S. and local holidays) 07:30 – 16:00

Please put all documents in an envelope with the following information written on the envelope:

  • Type of case: IV (i.e. NIV, IV, DV, Visas 92, Visas 93)
  • APPLICANT NAME
  • CASE NUMBER

Access to the Embassy

  • Only applicants and parents of minor children with appointments will be permitted entry.
  • Do not bring bags, liquids, powders, or electronics.

Mailing address

Consular Section
U.S. Embassy Djibouti
P.O. Box 185
Lot Number 350-B
Lotissement Haramous
Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.