Severity: Critical Alert
Entry/Exit: Officials in Djibouti ease COVID-19 domestic restrictions, enforce continued international travel restrictions as of June 3.
This alert affects Djibouti
This alert began 03 Jun 2020 14:05 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business and travel disruptions, increased security
As of June 3, authorities in Djibouti are maintaining international travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19); however, authorities have begun easing certain domestic COVID-19-related restrictions.
As of May 23:
- Retail and grocery stores have reopened.
- Places of worship have reopened.
- Domestic public transport operations have resumed, albeit with limitations in place on the number of passengers on buses and other forms of public transport.
Additional restrictions to be lifted in the coming weeks include:
- Reopening of restaurants June 15
- Reopening of hotels June 30
- Leisure and amusement sites to reopened from June 30
- Reopening of conference rooms, event halls, and cinemas from Sept. 1
- Reopening of schools from Sept. 2
Despite the easing of these measures, other nationwide restrictions remain in place. These include the following:
- All land, sea, and air borders remain closed until Sept. 1. Cargo and humanitarian flights will be allowed to continue.
- Nonessential businesses remain closed.
- The wearing of protective face masks in public is mandatory.
Security personnel remain deployed to enforce restrictions. Officials may implement additional travel restrictions or health security measures with little notice.
Background and Analysis
The COVID-19 measures adopted by the government correspond with similar actions taken by other governments. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.