Travel to Djibouti

Djibouti: travel information

How to get to Djibouti

Direct plane flights go from Paris to Djibouti.


There is a daily train connection between Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Car, bus

trunk roads lead from Djibouti to Assab in Eritrea and in a westerly direction via Dikhil to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Buses go to Loyoda on the border with Somalia. The road conditions are generally relatively poor.


There is an increased security risk for trips to Somalia in particular, but also to Ethiopia due to the tense political situation.

Travel in the country

Air connections

Private charter flights can be booked.


A railway line runs through Djibouti to Ethiopia.


The national bus network connects Djibouti (city) with the rest of the country’s cities. However, there are no regular departure times.


The road from Djibouti to Tadjoura is relatively new. Otherwise, due to the poor road conditions, all-terrain vehicles are recommended. There is a risk of landmines away from the roads


cars Rental cars are only available in the capital. An international driver’s license is recommended. A temporary national driving license can be obtained upon presentation of the driving license. No proof of insurance is required.


There are minibuses in Djibouti (city). Taxis are also available in Ali-Sabieh, Dikhil, Dorale and Arta.

Ferry connections Ferry

traffic exists between Djibouti, Tadjoura and Obock on the northeast coast of the Gulf of Tadjoura. There are no navigable waterways in the country itself.

Traffic rules

To avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, drivers should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain more detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the Djibouti Traffic Club.

Top speeds

  • Urban areas: There is an official speed limit of 50 km/h in localities.
  • Country roads: There is an official speed limit of 80 km/h on country roads.

Blood alcohol limit

The official blood alcohol limit in Djibouti for drivers of motor vehicles is 0.0.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Djibouti’s international license plate is:


Djibouti: Embassies and consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Djibouti embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Djibouti in Germany


The Republic of Djibouti does not have a representation in Germany; the embassy in Paris is responsible.

Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in Paris

26 Rue Emile Ménier

75116 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4727 4922

Fax: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4553 5053

Honorary Consulate of Djibouti in Germany

Spanische Allee 43

14129 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 74 78 00 48/46

German representations in Djibouti


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have an embassy in Djibouti, but is only represented by an honorary consulate general. The embassy in Ethiopia is responsible.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Addis Abeba

Yeka Kifle Ketema, Kebele 06

Addis Abeba

Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251 – (0) 11 – 123 5139


Visa Section

Yeka, Kebele 06

Tel: 00251 – (0) 11-123 5162

Austrian representations in Djibouti


Austria does not have an embassy in Djibouti, but is represented by an honorary consulate. The embassy is responsible for:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Austria in Addis Abeda

N. Silk Lafto Kifle Ketema Kebele 04 H.No. 535

Addis Ababa

Tel: 00251 – (0) 11 – 371 3144/2445/0052


The Austrian embassy in Ethiopia is still responsible for:

  • Republic of the Congo

Representations of Djibouti in Austria

Honorary Consulate in Vienna

Reinlgasse 5-7

1140 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 982 2357/2628

Swiss representations in Djibouti


Switzerland does not have a diplomatic representation in Djibouti; the embassy is responsible in:

Embassy in Addis Abeda

Old Airport

Lideta Kifle Ketema

Kebele 02/03

Addis Ababa


Tel: 00251 – (0) 11 – 371 1107/0577/0483

Email: addisabeba

Representations of Djibouti in Switzerland

Embassy in Geneva

Chemin Louis-Dunant 19

1202 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 749 1090


Djibouti: entry and exit regulations

The embassy in Paris is responsible for issuing visas in Germany:

Ambassade de la Rpublique Djibouti

26 Rue Emile Ménier

F-75116 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 47 27 49 22


Visas are also issued by the French Embassy in Berlin

Import and export: foreign exchange, goods

The local currency of Djibouti is the Djibouti Franc:

1 Djibouti Franc = 100 Centimes

The Djibouti Franc is pegged to the US dollar.

  • Local currencyThe import and export of local currency is permitted without restriction.
  • Foreign currenciesThe import and export of foreign currencies is permitted without restriction.

Importing and exporting goods

Daily necessities can be imported without any problems, the import of alcohol is permitted up to one liter per person. The importation of weapons and drugs of all kinds is strictly prohibited. Pornographic material may also not be introduced.

Djibouti: travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings

Infectious diseases

The following infectious diseases are to be expected in Djibouti, which do not occur or are less common in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

  • Malaria: There is a year-round risk of malaria infection throughout the country, including cities. Between 80% and 90% of infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Amoebic dysentery
  • Bacterial agitation
  • Cholera – but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation, as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Dengue fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Kala Azar disease
  • Polio, polio
  • Leishmaniasis Disease
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • Typhoid – however, there is only a risk of infection for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Tick bite fever

Vaccination recommendations

  • Cholera – but only among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
  • Diphtheria – a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio, polio – vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Tetanus – a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Typhoid – but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Current warnings

Foreign Office (AA) of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens Service

Unit 040

D-11013 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

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