Critical Alert

Officials maintain some COVID-19-related measures in Djibouti as of Oct. 28. Minimal restrictions remain in place.


Authorities in Djibouti have maintained some measures linked to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Oct. 28. The primary air entry point, Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport (JIB), reopened July 17. All passengers entering or transiting Djibouti will be tested upon arrival for COVID-19; those who test positive will enter government isolation centers or be deported. Other measures still in place or recently rescinded include:

  • The wearing of protective facemasks in public is mandatory.
  • Domestic public transport operations have resumed, albeit with limitations in place on the number of passengers on buses and other forms of public transport.
  • Land and sea borders had reopened July 18; however, authorities have recently closed land borders through at least early November.
  • Retail, grocery stores, and places of worship have reopened.
  • Hotels, restaurants, and leisure and amusement sites have reopened.
  • Conference rooms, event halls, and cinemas have been allowed to reopen from Sept. 1.
  • Schools have been allowed to resume Sept. 2.

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.


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