Djibouti one of the safest destinations in Africa, partly because of the large Western military presence. Serious crime or hostility aimed specifically at travellers is very rare, and there’s no more to worry about here than in most other countries. Apart from the odd street hustler in the centre, Djibouti City is very safe as far as Africa’s capitals go. Take care in the crowded areas and markets, as pickpockets may operate there, and avoid walking on your own in the Quartier 1, immediately south of Les Caisses market. The risk of theft and pickpocketing diminishes considerably out- side the capital. Note that Djibouti’s security services are sensitive and active. Remain polite and calm if questioned by police officers.
(Somaliland), Addis Aba- ba (Ethiopia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Istanbul (Tur- key), Nairobi (Kenya) and Paris. The border with Eritrea is closed; land borders with Ethiopia (Galafi and Gelille) and Somaliland (Loyaada) are open.
Visas can be obtained the embassies and consulates located abroad. Tourist can get their electronic visa by submitting their application online at the website below. https://www.evisa.gouv.dj/ In case of difficulty, you can approach the competent authorities of Djibouti: email@example.com
Mobile coverage is generally good across the country. Your phone may work on roaming, depending on your home network. You can also purchase a local SIM card for around USD 11.
WiFi is increasingly common in hotels and restaurants, and there are internet cafes across Djibouti City. USB internet dongles can be purchased and loaded with data from a local provider.
Credit cards are accepted at upmarket shops and hotels, though some will place a surcharge on the payment.
There are ATMs in Djibouti City. They all except Visa. Outside of the capital there are no such facilities. Be sure to have both the local currency (Djibouti franc) and US dollars/euros in cash. The Djiboutian Franc is pegged to the US dollar, but beware of the conversion rate offered in some places.
Leaving a small tip in restaurants is welcomed.
Alcohol is allowed in Djibouti. Most clubs are on or around Rue d’Ethiopie, in the European Quarter. They are at their liveliest on Thursday and Friday nights. En- trance is free, but a beer costs upwards of DFr1000.
Sight and swim with whale sharks from November to January.
Somaliland is hot and so light clothes are generally a good idea. Islamic dress applies for women. Headscarves should be worn at all times. Long-sleeved blouses or shirts are required and preferably long skirts, although loose-fitting trousers may also work. Islamic long coats, ‘manteaux’, would not be necessary.
Most diving takes place off the islands of Maskali and Moucha in the gulf of Tadjoura where you will find a variety of dive sites for all levels. There’s also a handful of spectacular sites scattered along the shore- line of the Bay of Ghoubbet, furthest west.
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