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Djibouti

Djibouti: At a glance

Capital: Djibouti City

Population: 956,985

Official languages: French, Afar, Arabic

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 18

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Djibouti: Travel Health Information

Despite its small size, Djibouti is known for its diverse landscapes and wildlife. Travellers can spot whale-sharks in the wild, or visit the unique landscape of Lac Abbe. Lac Assal – which at its deepest is Africa’s lowest point – is another popular destination. Visitors can also take in Neolithic rock engravings at the Abourma Rock Art Site.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Djibouti may differ from your home country. Djibouti has both public and private healthcare options. Public healthcare in Djibouti is generally more affordable than private, but private facilities provide higher-quality care and have up-to-date equipment. Healthcare services in Djibouti City are generally adequate – facilities are in good condition and healthcare personnel are well-trained. Outside of the city however, healthcare is extremely limited.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Djibouti require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – to South Africa or Western Europe – may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Djibouti.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are accessible in Djibouti City and many medicines are available over-the-counter. Outside of the city, pharmacies are very limited. Shortages of essential medicines are common. Make sure to pack an adequate supply of essential medications for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Djibouti’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Djibouti City are generally in good condition, but road quality will vary by region. Driving at night is not advised for tourists outside of urban areas as roads may be poorly maintained and are likely unlit. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Djibouti: At a glance

Capital: Djibouti City

Population: 956,985

Official languages: French, Afar, Arabic

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 18

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: Yes

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