Prepare your Stay

Prepare your Stay

From check-in times to information on currency and time zones, we have the answers to all your travel questions. 

Everything you need to know

Travel & Visa Information: 
Every year, Djibouti welcomes thousands of travellers from all over the world:: tourists, travellers, merchants, military and officials. Djibouti Ville includes all foreign local embassies. 

All visitors to Djibouti must obtain either a visa on arrival to Djibouti, an electronic visa online or a visa from one of the Djiboutian diplomatic missions prior to arrival in Djibouti.

The Republic of Djibouti has a warm semi-arid climate, with two distinct seasons: the fresh season from October to March with an average temperature of 25 °C and a warm season from April to September with an average temperature of 35°C. Rainfall is irregular and very rare.

The official languages are Arabic and French, but the practice of English is common.

The local currency is the Djiboutian Franc, the rate of which is modelled on the US dollar.
1 USD = 177 DJF
International credit cards are accepted.

Freedom of worship is enshrined in the constitution but Islam is the official religion of the country. This implies respect for local customs in terms of behaviour (clothing, alcohol consumption, etc.).

Prefix to call from abroad to Djibouti: +253
Calling code from Djibouti abroad: 00 + country code prefix + correspondent no.
Useful numbers:
Police: 17
Firemen: 18
Central Commissariat: +253 21 353891
Gendarmerie: +253 21 351003

• 1 January: New Year
• May 1: Labor Day
• 27-28 June: Independence Day
Muslim festivals are calculated according to the lunar calendar, so their dates vary from year to year.
• Eid al-Fitr: the end of Ramadan
• Eid al-Adha: Feast of the Sacrifice
• The 1st Muharam: Muslim New Year
• The Mouloud: birth of the prophet
• Al-Isra Wl Miraj: The Prophet's Ascension

Djiboutian cuisine is a clever mixture of Somali, Afar, Yemeni, Ethiopian and French culture. Meat and fish are found in the majority of dishes, accompanied by pasta and rice with spicy sauces.