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Located on the horn of Africa, Djibouti is one of busiest shipping sites in the world. Due its prime location and access to various regions, it holds the only permanent United States military base in Africa.
Although it is small in size, there are many different kinds of landscapes throughout the country including volcanos, desert, salt lakes, limestone, hot springs, and islands.
The official language of the country is French (mostly spoken by the upper class) and Arabic.
The majority of Djibouti holds two different ethnic groups: the Issa and the Afar and about 93% of the country practice Islam. The rest of the country practices Christianity.
The capital city of Djibouti, Djibouti City, holds 70% of the entire country’s population. Djibouti’s other major cities include Ali Sabieh, Tadjourah, and Dikhil.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Djibouti. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Djibouti: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
The CDC recommends antimalarials for Djibouti, as malaria is endemic there. Apply bug spray and sleep under mosquito nets.
Medical facilities in cities are limited and there are few in more rural areas. Bring medicine with you to Djibouti as there is a low supply of prescriptions the country.
Medicare and basic healthcare do not cover costs overseas. Be sure to get an international plan before traveling.
To find out more about these vaccines, see our vaccinations page. Ready to travel safely? Book your appointment either call or start booking online now.
Although there have been cholera outbreaks in Djibouti in the past, there are no current outbreaks. But, cholera is still a risk for many travelers visiting the country.
Passport Health’s travel clinics carry VaxChora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today by calling or book online now.
A passport that will remain valid for at least six months is required to enter Djibouti. A tourist visa should be obtained before travel. Thirty-day visas may be obtained at arrival, but it can’t be guaranteed.
If you have arrived from a yellow fever endemic country, you must have a yellow card showing proof of vaccination.
If you are a journalist, must have a letter of accreditation from the Ministry of Communication and Culture.
For more information, see our Djibouti visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Djibouti is mostly a tropical desert climate with a semi-desert in the southern region.
It is hot in Djibouti year-round, though it is a little cooler during the winter season. Temperatures throughout the year can range from 84 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rain is a rare occurrence and can happen throughout the year. When it does rain it is usually short and a large amount.
Due to regional terrorist activity, terrorism is a risk in Djibouti. Terrorists can easily access and come into the country and will target tourist sites and westerners. Many refugees seek asylum from neighboring countries in Djibouti.
Some border conflicts occur at the border of Djibouti and Eritrea. Border areas between Djibouti, Somalia, and Ethiopia may contain landmines.
Theft, including identity theft are common in Djibouti. Dress conservatively and know where your credit card is at all time.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
Lake Abbe is a salt lake in Djibouti that looks like it’s from another planet. This site has limestone formations that makes almost what looks like a forest. This whole area is also surrounded by hot springs.
Lake Abbe is near the Djibouti and Ethiopian border. Due to their strong alliance, it is a safer place for tourists to visit in the country.
There are accommodations available for travelers in Lake Abbe including hotels, campsites and Afar Huts. The site is well known for its sunrises and sunsets.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Djibouti:
If you find yourself in need of help while traveling in Djibouti, there is a U.S. embassy in Djibouti City.
U.S. Embassy in Djibouti
Lotissement Haramous, Lot # 350-B
P.O. Box 185
Djibouti City, Republic of Djibouti
Telephone: +(253) 21-45-30-00 (Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(253) 77-877-229
Fax: (+253) 21-45.33.40
Visit the Embassy to Djibouti website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
If you have any questions about travelling to Djibouti or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now! and protect yourself today.
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