Foreign travel advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the border with Eritrea. See Local travel
There is a general threat from terrorism. Attacks can’t be ruled out and could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. See Terrorism
On 6 February, there was an attack on a gendarmerie station at Lake Assal, central Djibouti. Three people are reported to have been killed. You should monitor local media reports before travelling.
Presidential elections are scheduled for 8 April. In the weeks preceding and during the election, there are expected to be political gatherings and potentially heightened levels of tension, particularly in Djibouti city. You should remain vigilant, avoid large public gatherings and monitor local and social media.
A suicide bombing at La Chaumiere restaurant in Djibouti city on 24 May 2014 resulted in a number of fatalities and serious casualties, including western nationals. Exercise extreme vigilance in public places frequented by foreigners.
Djibouti remains one of the main routes for those fleeing the conflict in Yemen. Limited arrangements are in place to facilitate onward travel for British nationals arriving in Djibouti. However, the UK government’s ability to help is limited and you’ll be expected to cover the cost of visas, accommodation, insurance and onward travel yourself. Any travel options you pursue are taken at your own risk.
There is no British Embassy in Djibouti. The British Honorary Consul in Djibouti can offer limited help. If you need consular assistance outside office hours you should contact the British Embassy in Addis Ababa by calling +251 912 503132 or +251 911 25 54 81. You can also contact the FCO in London at any time by calling +44 (0) 20 7008 1500.
Be aware of the risk of banditry if you travel outside the capital city. See Local travel
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See Sea travel
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.