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Guide to living in & moving to Djibouti for expats

Guide to living in & moving to Djibouti for expats

Living in Djibouti

Serving mainly as a transit point to Eritrea and Ethiopia, expats who travel to Djibouti sometimes don’t have time to stop and enjoy the contrasting tranquility of this country. Unlike its giant neighbors, Djibouti remains steady, offering a peaceful reprieve to tourists in the African continent. Before you dive in, here’s some important information that you may need to know.

Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Djibouti and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

There are no known international schools in Djibouti. Here’s a list of neighboring countries that provide international education:
  1. Eritrea
  2. Ethiopia

Local News in English

allAfrica.com Djibouti
AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons.
Website: allafrica.com/djibouti

Country Information 

Location: Africa
Capital City: Djibouti City
Other Important Cities: Tadjoura
Currency: Djibouti franc (DFr)
Language: Arabic, French
Calling Code: +253
Internet TLD: .dj
Electricity: The country runs on 220/240V 50Hz.

Emergency Numbers:
Ambulance: 351351
Fire: 18
Police: 17

Country Information

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

All visitors must secure a visa prior to travelling to Djibouti. Applications can be coursed through Djbouti embassy or consulate in your home or host country. If there is none, the French embassy will process this application. It is also possible to obtain a visa on arrival. 


Hotels, apartments and villas are available in the country. 5 star hotels are within the capital city. Hotels can be expensive, while cheaper ones are usually in bad shape. There is a rest house in Ali Sabieh, which is adequately furnished. It is highly recommended to arrange with a real estate or travel agency to before travelling.

Driving License

UK license holders can obtain a temporary license. And international license is recommended however this is not required.


Public healthcare is still in progress. Medical facilities can be limited and standards below par. It is highly recommended to secure travel and health insurance than can cover or reimburse the cost of treatment and medical evacuation. Cash payments should be expected.

Insurance Companies

Cigna Global Health Options
Cigna provides international insurance coverage for expats. International medical evacuation is also available in cases where emergency treatment must be sought outside of the host country.
Website: www.cignaglobal.com


French military hospital
Address: SP 85024, 00812 ARMEES
Tel: +253 45 00 00
Emergency: +253 45 30 15

Hopital General Peltier
Address: Public Hospital, B.P.2123
Tel: +253 35 27 12

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