Djibouti visa

Getting a Djibouti Visa in Addis Ababa

Our travels in the horn of Africa included a few countries that require a visa so we have decided to put together some practical information for other travellers who are travelling to Addis Ababa and are planning to visit Djibouti and Somaliland.

Find all the information here for how you can get a visa for Djibouti in Addis Ababa.

NOTE: Visa on Arrival is ONLY available @ Djibouti Airport

You can obtain your visa on arrival at the international airport in Djibouti, however, you need to pre-arrange a letter of invitation from a sponsor or a hotel.

There are currently two options for visa on arrival: 3 days for 55 euro and 30 Day visa for 80 euro. As we were travelling overland, we had to apply for one beforehand.

Our Visa Djibouti

What you need:

  • Completed application form supplied by the embassy
  • Copy of your Yellow Fever Certificate
  • 2 Passport Photos
  • Copy of your hotel reservation (you can book a refundable hotel online here, then cancel it or keep it once you get your visa)
  • Copy of your flight out of Djibouti (if you travelling overland, then simply get a reservation online for a flight that you can cancel or visit the Ethiopian Airlines office in Addis to make a reservation)
  • Original Passport
  • Photocopy of your passport page
  • 85 Euro or 90 USD for 30 Day visa. Cash only, but you can also pay in local Ethiopian Birr.

Details of the Embassy:

Opening Hours: You can apply for a visa from 8 am – 12. Pick up is after 3.30 pm.

Address: The location of the embassy is correct on Google maps and there is a sign for the embassy on the main street as well.

Other tips:

If you need to print or copy any documents we recommend using these two hotels located nearest to the embassy.

  • Desalegn Hotel on Cape Verde St
  • Azzeman Hotel is located on Namibia St (not far from Tomoca coffee, where we enjoyed coffee many times).

Have your documents on a USB stick as you can easily print them out as well as on email if they prefer to print it for you from their email.

Bring USD and Euros in cash for your visas as most embassies accept both currencies.

DANESH Bank accepts all international cards and you can withdraw your daily limit (300 USD). When selecting the account, choose ‘Credit Card’ instead of ‘Savings/ Current’, it will then work for you.

Please Note: There is a working DANESH ATM machine and bank located just next to Tomoca coffee on Namibia St.  We frequently withdrew cash from this reliable machine during our stay in Addis Ababa.

If you’ve got some spare time in Addis Ababa, we highly recommend doing a food tour of this delicious city.  Find out more in our blog post – Where to find the best food in Addis Ababa.