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
- Local News Sources
- Country Information
- Resident and Work visa information
- How to get a driving license
- Where to live and about the accomodation types
- Healthcare information including Hospitals and Insurance
There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Djibouti and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.
There are no known international schools in Djibouti. Here’s a list of neighboring countries that provide international education:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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