Shortage of Hotel Rooms in Djibouti

May 6, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is aware that U.S. citizens and their non-U.S. citizen family members departing the unrest in Yemen are arriving in Djibouti via seaborne travel.  U.S. citizen travelers to Djibouti should know that there is currently a severe lack of hotel accommodations in Djibouti due to the large influx of such arrivals.  The U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee or secure hotel rooms or other lodging for U.S. citizens arriving in Djibouti.  Those travelers with family members requiring immigrant visas should anticipate staying in Djibouti for 2 or more months.

All U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, follow instructions of local authorities, and read the most current Travel Warnings and Country Specific Information for Djibouti.  Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can also find current Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Djibouti enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti on Twitter and Facebook, and the U.S. Department of State on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is located at Lotissement Haramous Lot # 350B. You can contact the Consular Section of the Embassy via email at or by phone at, tel.  +(253) 21-45-30-00.   For after-hours emergencies, please call +(253) 77-87-72-29.