Djibouti visa in addis ababa

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 on how you can get a Djibouti visa in Addis Ababa.

NOTE: Visa on Arrival is ONLY available at 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 usually book a refundable hotel at or Expedia, then cancel it or keep it once you get your visa)
  • Copy of your flight out of Djibouti (if you travelling overland, then make 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 euros 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 to 12 pm. 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 the below hotel located nearest to the embassy.

  • Azzeman Hotel is located on Namibia St (near Tomoca Coffee, where we often enjoy coffee).

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.

Join a Food Tour in Addis Ababa

If you have some spare time in Addis Ababa, we highly recommend a food tour of this delicious city. Find out more in our blog post – The Best Food in Addis Ababa – A Delicious Food Walk

If you’re travelling in Ethiopia, check out our post on how to spend an ideal two days in Lalibela – Everything you need to know. We’ve also taken a day trip to Simien Mountains and meeting the Galata monkeys was a highlight for sure!

Our guide was wonderful in the Simien Mountains, and we’ve included his contact information in this blog.

I recommend this 3 Day Tour in Djibouti

Djibouti isn’t the easiest country to navigate around for visitors and tours are expensive whether you’re a solo traveller or travelling with someone else.

This 3-Day Djibouti Tour is a good option as it covers the country’s main highlights. You can visit the Moucha Islands, Arta Beach, Whale Sharks, Sables Blancs, and Tadjourah region on this tour.

Travel Tips for Africa

We’ve got some comprehensive blogs about travelling in Africa – what a massive continent this is! Have you ever wondered, how many countries in Africa are there? 54 or 55? We cover them in depth in our Ultimate Africa Bucket List.

It’s worth reading these 17 ESSENTIAL Things to know before travelling to West Africa and be sure to take a look at our delicious Food Map of Africa! 

You may be interested to read about our experience travelling in Central Africa and why we were moving faster through this region. 

Our recap of our Travels in West Africa in 2019 may give you a better insight into what it’s really like to travel overland across Africa.

Check out our AFRICA Page for detailed blogs about individual countries and if you’re simply looking for a place to find our best advice, tips, and suggestions on travel gear and products we use and love, then our Travel Resources Page is for you.