Djibouti Essentials

A list of essential information about Djibouti, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Arabic, French, Somali, Afar

Currency:  Djiboutian franc (DJF) – check latest exchange rates on xe.com

Visas: All visitors, including French nationals, require a visa to enter Djibouti. Most can be obtained on arrival but letters of invitation from a hotel (along with proof of booking) is required. To obtain a visa beforehand can be a long and arduous process. Visas can be obtained at the Djiboutian embassy in Addis Ababa in a day, if you’re in Ethiopia before you visit. See visa requirements for more details.

Time zone: East Africa Time EAT (UTC+3)

Dialling code: +253

Emergency codes: 18 (all emergencies)

Capital city: Djibouti City

Population: 942,333

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from WorldNomads.com – available in over 150 countries.

Electricity: 220V, 60Hz AC. Djibouti uses the below AC power plug and socket – generally with two round pins. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

djibouti Essentials


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