Djibouti visa requirements for South Africans

Travel and visa requirements

Djibouti Visa is not required for South Africans

Stay Duration: 31 days

Entry Requirements

  • South African passport holders can stay for a period of 31 days on an E-visa.
  • Passports must be valid for a duration of six months and should carry two 2 blank pages.
  • The fee for obtaining a visa is 15,000 Djiboutian francs/$90.
  • Visitors are required to have a yellow fever vaccination to be presented on arrival.
  • Intending visitors can get to Djibouti City, Djibouti from any international airport in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.
  • South African Airways, Kenya Airways, British Airways, are some of the carriers that fly from South Africa to Djibouti.
  • The estimated flight time from Johannesburg to Djibouti is 9 hours, 14 hours, 20 minutes from Cape Town, 14 hours, 35 minutes from Bloemfontein.
  • The Djibouti Franc (DFr) is Djibouti’s official currency, with notes in denominations of DFr1000, 2000, 5000 and 10,000, and coin in DFr1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500.
  • ATMs are available in many parts of Djibouti and they mostly accept VISA cards. The euro and the US dollar are the easiest currencies to convert.
  • The exchange rate is currently at 1 EUR= 199.64 DJF, 1 USD= 177.94 DJF, and 1 ZAR= 12.78 DJF.
  • Djibouti’s climate is made up of a tropical desert on the coast and in the north and a semi-desert in the central-southern highlands
  • Djibouti’s numerous natural beauties and other historical attractions make it a prime spot for tourists and visitors looking to experience the richness of nature and to discover new ways of life while at it.
  • Djibouti uses the East Africa Time (GMT+3) which makes it one hour ahead of South Africa.
  • Power sockets and plugs used in Djibouti are of type C and E. The standard supply voltage is 220 V, with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.
  • 94% of Djiboutians are adherents of Islam and identify as Sunni Muslims, while the rest of the population practice Christianity and subscribe to other religious or non-religious beliefs.
  • While there are a number of ways to get around in Djibouti e.g taxis, boats, buses, etc, public transport in Djibouti has been found to be unpleasant, and the best option is to rent a car and possibly hire a driver.
  • Arabic is Djibouti’s official language, but Djiboutians also speak French, Somali, and Afar. Visitors might need to pick up some Arabic or French phrases before they visit.
  • Djibouti is home to an interesting, unique and fascinating culture and history. Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Djibouti visa??
A Djibouti visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials of Djibouti on a passport that allows the bearer to visit Djibouti.

Do I need a Djibouti visa??

Yes, all South Africans require a Djibouti visa to visit Djibouti.

How long does it take to obtain a Djibouti visa??

A Djibouti visa generally takes 4 days to be processed.

Is Djibouti safe for tourists??

Tourists should beware of pickpockets in crowded areas and avoid walking alone in dark areas.