Area: 23,200 sq km
Climate: desert; torrid, dry
Population: 757,074 (July 2011 est.)
Languages: French (official), Arabic (official), Somali, Afar
Government type: republic
Independence Day: 27 June 1977 (from France)
Currency: Djiboutian francs (DJF) ; 100DJF= 0.56USD ; 1USD= 172.20 DJF
GDP: $2.099 billion (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,800 (2010 est.)
Information for Foreign Students in Djibouti
Obtaining a Visa
Nationals from EU country members, USA, Canada and Australia need a visa. There are different types of visas: entry, tourist, Business and transit. All visas cost between $ 55-57, depending on the exchange rate. For further information, go on Djibouti embassy website.
Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in France- 26 rue Emile Menier, 75116 Paris, France - Tel: (01) 4727 4922. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1600.
Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in the USA- 1156 15th Street, Suite 515, NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA - Tel: (202) 331 0270.
Estate agency website in French: http://www.immoloch.com/immobilier-djibouti-dj.html
Mains water is normally heavily chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available and is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Drinking water outside main cities and towns is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from infected areas.
Health insurance is advisable. GPs and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for any form of medical treatment
There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars. Euro and Sterling cheques are not accepted unless marked as 'External Account' or 'Pour Compte Etranger'. The majority of banks are in the place du 27 juin area.