Learn More: Tourist e-Visa
DJIBOUTI IS OPEN: Djibouti re-opened to tourists in April 2021.
The Djibouti Tourist e-Visa is a required travel authorization for anyone who wishes to visit the Republic of Djibouti. It is valid for tourist or business purposes only and authorizes a stay for up to 90 days Per Entry.
WHO CAN ENTER DJIBOUTI WITH THIS DOCUMENT
All nationalities are eligible to apply. Travelers over the age of 11 must be fully vaccinated to visit Djibouti for tourist. Take a look at the testing and quarantine FAQs below to learn more.
OBTAIN THE DJIBOUTI TOURIST E-VISA
To apply for this document, you need a valid passport, an airline ticket confirmation, an applicant photo, and a booking confirmation of the hotel you’re staying in or an invitation letter of the host receiving you. The dates on your booking confirmation or invitation must match the dates of your arrival and departure from Djibouti.
To enter the country, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure and within 120 hours before arrival in Djibouti.
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Once the application is accepted, we’ll email you your eVisa approval letter, which must be printed and shown to the immigration officers upon arrival along with your negative PCR test result.
See the FAQs for information on the quarantine requirements for Djibouti.
ABOUT COVID-19 SELF-TESTING
Don't waste vacation time searching for a COVID-19 test center. Even if you don't need to take a test to enter Djibouti, you will need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the US. Simplify testing by ordering the eMed self-testing COVID-19 kit online. Pack the test in your suitcase and self-test no more than 3 days prior to your flight back to the US. Check the FAQs to learn more about our trusted testing partner.
Required Documents to Apply
Passport Personal Details Scan
Proof of Accommodation
US RESIDENTS ONLY: To return to the US you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test the day before your entry date. Don’t waste time looking for a test lab in Djibouti. Simplify travel with the purchase of an eMed test kit. Order yours now and pack it in your luggage. Then follow the Certified Guide’s online instructions to take the mandatory test 24 hours before your journey back to the US.
Currently, all travelers who have been in South Africa, India or Brazil are not allowed to visit Djibouti.
The Djibouti Tourist eVisa allows applicants Single Entry and allows them to remain in the country for up to 90 days Per Entry, depending on the visa granted to the traveller.
This eVisa can be issued if the purpose of the trip is tourism, business, or transit. Other purposes, such as work and study, require a traditional visa obtained at embassies or consulates.
Upon arrival in Djibouti, you need to present your passport along with your printed Tourist eVisa. Travelers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.
The Djibouti Tourist eVisa is only available for travelers who plan to enter the country through the Ambouli International Airport.
A proof of accommodation is required to obtain the travel document. The dates in this document MUST match the travel dates selected in the application. This is a requirement that is demanded by the government in order to issue the travel document.
Possession of the Djibouti Tourist eVisa does not provide an automatic right of entry into the country. An immigration officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if they consider a person to be unable to fulfil the immigration requirements, or if the person's presence in Djibouti would be contrary to national interests or security.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Djibouti?
Yes, all travelers aged 11 and older must present evidence of a complete course of COVID vaccination.
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Djibouti travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test to enter Djibouti?
- COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours of departure/no more than 120 hours before arrival
- COVID test on arrival: PCR on arrival at travelers expense to assess quarantine requirement.
- COVID test exemptions: Children under 12
Why buy a COVID-19 self-testing kit? (US residents only)
The eMed self-test COVID-19 kit includes 6 rapid antigen tests that meet major US airline's entry requirements- perfect for travelers on round-trip journeys from the United States!
Order your test kit before your trip and it will be delivered to your home address for easy testing, anywhere, anytime. The Certified Guide will help you get results in 15 minutes on the NAVICA app. Get the eMed self-test COVID-19 kit for $150- that’s only $25 per test.
Will I have to quarantine in Djibouti?
- Quarantine requirements: Travelers without proof of vaccination and those who test positive in the test on arrival must quarantine for an unspecified period.
What is the Djibouti Tourist eVisa?
What is the cost to obtain a Djibouti Tourist eVisa?
The Visa costs vary depending on the length of your stay:
- For a stay of 1-14 days:
- For a stay of 15-90 days:
Additionally, the service fee would vary according to processing times:
- Standard processing:
- Rush Processing:
- Super Rush Processing: Get Started.
How long does Djibouti Tourist eVisa process take?
It depends on the method of processing time you chose. We offer three options:
- Standard Processing Time: 9 Business Days
- Rush Processing: 7 Business Days
Super Rush Processing: 6 Business Days
- Note: Djiboutian business days are Sunday through Thursday. Get started.
How can I make sure to correctly submit the required documents?
The eVisa to Djibouti requires you to upload scans of several documents in order to successfully issue the travel document. Make sure you follow the instructions below to avoid any problems with your application. This application requires a booking confirmation of the hotel you’re staying in, or an invitation letter of the host receiving you. The document must follow these requirements:
- The document must be readable and not pixelated. Thus, is it highly recommended to send it as a photo (from smartphone or camera) or as a high-quality scan.
- The Booking confirmation must show the following information: Name of the hotel, Address in Djibouti, Booking ID, Contact Number.
- In case of an Invitation Letter the host must provide: Address in Djibouti, ID Number, Full name of both host and traveler, Contact Number, and Signature of the host.
- Must match the dates of arrival and departure from the country. This is a requirement demanded by the Government in order to issue the travel document. (edited)
The booking confirmation (PDF, JPG, JPEG) of your airline ticket or travel agency confirmation must meet these requirements:
- The document must be readable and not pixelated. We highly recommend sending the document as a high quality scan
- The Booking confirmation must show: Name of the applicant, date of departure from Djibouti, Airline Name, Flight Number, and Booking ID.
- In case of an Invitation Letter the host must provide: Address in Djibouti, ID Number, Full name of both host and traveler, Contact Number, and Signature of the host. Get Started.
How long is the Djibouti Tourist eVisa valid for?
The Djibouti Tourist eVisa can be granted for:
- A stay or transit of 1 - 14 days
- A short stay of 15 - 90 days
The validity of the Djibouti Tourist Visa starts on the date you enter the Republic of Djibouti. However, the validity of the eVisa is not the same as the allowed length of your stay. Please know that you cannot stay for longer than what is stated on your eVisa. If you enter the country after the date stated on your eVisa, you will still have to leave the country within the date stated on your eVisa. And don’t forget that the dates on your booking confirmation or invitation letter must match the dates of your arrival to and departure from Djibouti. If this is not the case, your application will be rejected by the government. Get Started.
What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Djibouti Tourist eVisa?
Vaccination requirements to travel to Djibouti
Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
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What do I need to present upon arrival in Djibouti?
What do I need to apply for a Djibouti Tourist eVisa?
- Applicant Photo
- Passport Personal Details Scan
- Airline Confirmation - please upload the booking confirmation (PDF, JPG, JPEG) of your airline ticket or travel agency confirmation.
- Booking Confirmation or Invitation letter - The dates indicated on your booking confirmation or invitation letter must match the dates of your arrival and departure from Djibouti (according to your airline confirmation). If the dates do not match, your application will be rejected by the government. Get Started.
Learn more about Djibouti Tourism
Djibouti is a small country in East Africa, but it started to gain some interest, especially for those who visit Ethiopia, which is a neighbor of Djibouti. While this may not be a country on your bucket list, you may be surprised by what you can find. But, as with any other country, some research is required before you start planning your trip. After all, the saying ‘In Rome, do as Romans do’ can be applied to every single country in the world. Even so, you will find that Djibouti is not a complicated country. It may not cater to all of your pleasures, but it still has its own, unique charm. Below, you will find some information that will guide you during your trip.
First of all, let’s cover the visa policy of Djibouti. You will find it pretty lenient. There are three categories of travelers. Unfortunately, the first one is rather short. It includes the citizens of Singapore who are visa exempt. As a result, they can travel to Djibouti with only their passport. A treaty was once signed with Kenya so that its citizens could travel to Djibouti without a visa, but it is yet to be enforced.
The second category is formed by the people who are eligible for a Djibouti visa on arrival. The rest of the world's nationalities are included in this category, except for Singaporeans. However, you will find information online that visas on arrival are no longer available, but that is not true. The system was supposed to be replaced by the electronic visa system, but it is still in place. You will not be granted one if you do not have a return or onward flight ticket. Keep in mind that the airline you are traveling with will sell you a ticket, and you will be informed that it is refundable. In reality, it is not.
Last but not least, the people who are eligible for a visa on arrival, which is all of them, also qualify for an electronic visa. The system was introduced on 18th of February 2018, and its purpose was to entirely replace the visa on arrival system. That is yet to happen. To apply for a Djibouti eVisa, you need a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Djibouti, as well as a return/onward flight ticket. The document allows you to remain in the country for no more than 31 days. Keep in mind that a Djibouti eVisa is valid only if you enter the country via the Ambouli International Airport.
The best time to travel to Djibouti is October through April. The temperatures are more bearable during that period. After all, the country’s climate is very hot, humid, and arid, mostly in the summer. The only thing that soothes people who live there is the breeze in the coastal city of Djibouti. Make sure that you pack appropriate clothes and a lot of sunscreen. Heat exhaustion is common among travelers who do not come prepared for the very high temperatures.
The official languages in Djibouti are French and Arabic, but most people speak Somali and Afar. It would be best if you learned some phrases before you go there, at least enough to get around. Unfortunately, English is spoken only at a few tourist facilities, but taxi drivers, as well as locals, do not know it, and you may find it challenging to manage when you are outside the hotel. It may be difficult, but it will save you a lot of trouble.
Since we are talking about a very small country, there isn't necessarily a long list of attractions. However, there is one that may interest you. We are referring to Lac Assal. It is situated 150 meters below sea level, making it the second-lowest point in the world. You must hire a car to get there, and you should expect a very bumpy ride. The roads, mostly the ones that are outside the capital city, are destroyed by the truck traffic that happens between Ethiopia and Djibouti. But the trip will be worth it. You will pass by the Devil’s Island, which provides stunning views. You will like the scenery a lot.
If you are looking for some fun activities, you will find some, especially in the capital city of Djibouti, which oddly enough is also called Djibouti. If you want, you can go scuba diving. The country may be arid, but it does have a coastline. The underwater life is rich with many reefs and numerous species of colored fish.
Kayaking is also available in the Gulf of Tadjoura. The waters are pristine, and you can explore as much as you want. If you have the physical condition to paddle for a few hours, you can reach untouched places where you can snorkel and enjoy yourself on some isolated beaches. Not too bad when the temperatures are barely tolerable.
While in Djibouti, you will hear about an herb called Khat. It is a stimulant that is very popular with the locals. It comes from Ethiopia each day, and it is not expensive. However, before you indulge in such a treat, keep in mind that you are in a foreign country. You should not do it unless you are sure. If you travel alone, it is better not to. At the same time, remember that you cannot fly out of Djibouti carrying any Khat. That is seen as illegal activity, and you will be prosecuted.
While Djibouti is a relatively safe country, some unfortunate events have happened in the last years, which is why we advise caution. Natural hazards are common and include earthquakes and droughts. The cyclones from the Indian Ocean can cause heavy rains as well as flash floods, so keep an eye on the weather while there. Use common sense when going out of the cities since banditry is known to happen.
Before you travel to Djibouti, you should buy travel insurance. Otherwise, you risk being asked for cash as soon as you find yourself in a hospital. You will be asked for money for every single procedure. A yellow fever vaccination is necessary for those who come from areas with a high risk of infection, and cholera is quite common. Take all the essential precaution against it. While not mandatory, you should get a vaccine against typhoid as well. To avoid contracting malaria, carry pills, mosquito repellent, as well as nets.
We know that Djibouti may not attract you at first, but if you feel like it, you should give it a try. Who knows? It may surprise you.