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DJIBOUTICountry Description: Djibouti is a developing African country. Facilities for tourism are limited.
Passport and/or Visa Requirements: Travelers should obtain the latest information on entry requirements from the Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti, 1156 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, telephone (202) 331-0202 or at the Djibouti Mission to the United Nations, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 4011, New York, N.Y. 10017, telephone (212) 753-3163. Overseas, inquiries may be made at the nearest Djiboutian embassy or consulate.
Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: The potential for guerrilla activities exists in some of the remote northern and southwestern areas of the country. Travelers should take normal precautions within Djibouti City limits after dark.
Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are limited and medicines are often unavailable. Doctors and hospitals are likely to expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide for payment of medical services outside the United States. Travelers have found supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including provision for medical evacuation, to be useful. For additional health information, travelers may contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559, Internet: http://www.cdc.gov.
Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Petty crime occurs in Djibouti City and elsewhere in the country. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The pamphlets "A Safe Trip Abroad" and "Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa" provide useful information on safeguarding valuables and personal security while traveling abroad and on travel in the region in general. Both are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
Traffic Safety and Road Conditions: Due to narrow, pot-holed, poorly lit streets, drivers and pedestrians in Djibouti City should exercise extreme caution to avoid accidents. Major roads outside the capital are paved, but poorly maintained and lack guardrails in some areas. In the north, land mines from the 1991-1994 civil war have injured travelers, including foreign visitors. Local government authorities in the Tadjourah and Obock regions warn travelers to stay on paved roads and existing dirt tracks, particularly near towns and airstrips.
Livestock in the road are a daily hazard and railroad crossings lack warnings. Travelers to the north should bring extra fuel because the region has no service stations.
Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for use, possession, or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.
Registration/Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Djibouti. The U.S. Embassy is located at Plateau du Serpent, Boulevard Marechal Joffre, Djibouti City. The mailing address is B.P. 185. The telephone number is (253) 35-39-95. The after-hours number is (253) 35-13-43.
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