Visas are required for all visitors to Djibouti and can be obtained at the nearest Djibouti Embassy, or upon arrival at the airport in Djibouti. However to avoid any difficulties, it is recommended that a visa is secured pre-arrival whenever possible. A tourist visa is valid for one month.
Djibouti visa formalities
Requirements for tourist visa applications at our embassies:
- 2 visa application forms
- 1 passport valid for at least 6 months
- 2 passport photos
- 1 copy of air ticket
The Djibouti City Tourist Office
The currency in Djibouti is the Franc (DJF), linked to the US Dollar, and cash is used and accepted much more widely than credit card. There are a number of ATMs in Djibouti City in addition to several banks and bureau de changes.
The Office National du Tourisme de Djibouti (ONTD) is located in Rue de Foucauld, near the City Hall of Djibouti. It is open from 7am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 6pm on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, and from 7am to 1.30pm on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Djibouti is in the country’s cool-season from October to April, which typifies a Mediterranean-style climate with temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the mid-80s F (low 20s to low 30s C) with low humidity.
The hot season lasts from May to September. Temperatures increase as the hot northwest Khamsin and southwest Sabo winds blows off the inland desert, and they range from an average low in the mid-80s F to a high in the low 110s F (low 30s C to mid-40s C).
For snorkeling or scuba diving, the best time to go is from September to May, when the Red Sea waters are at their clearest. The whale shark migration period is between November and January.
Djibouti’s average temperature
Djibouti’s two official languages are French and Arabic. Somali and Afar are the local languages. English is also widely spoken in international hotels.
The time in Djibouti is UTC+3.
Updated immunisation for diphtheria, tetanus and polio is essential. Other recommended vaccinations, depending on length of stay, include: typhoid fever, viral hepatitis A and B and malaria prophylaxis.
For more information it is advisable to consult your doctor or an international vaccination center.
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