How to get Djibouti Visa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

If you’re looking for information about getting a Djibouti visa in Addis Ababa, then you’re in the right place.

Follow these practical steps to apply for a Djibouti visa in Addis Ababa too.

How to get Djibouti Visa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

If you’re looking for information about getting a Djibouti visa in Addis Ababa, then you’re in the right place.

Follow these practical steps to apply for a Djibouti visa in Addis Ababa too.

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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 Djibouti visa

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 Booking.com 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.

Recommended Tours 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.

If you need more comfort on a tour and want it to be slightly longer in duration, I recommend this 5-day/4-night tour in Djibouti.

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Have you ever wondered how many countries in Africa there are? 54 or 55? We cover them in depth in our ultimate Africa bucket list.

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If you’re wondering what they eat for breakfast in Africa, check out these 20 popular breakfast foods.

For food lovers, our Food Map of AFRICA lists the quintessential dish you need to eat in every nation!

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5 Comments. Leave new

  • Addis..I think you ,ran Dashen Bank not danesh…

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  • Thank you Marty for your feedback on getting a visa for Djibouti in Addis. I followed your directions which were quite helpful.

    A few updates post covid, or at least as of June 17, 2022 as I write this… the morning hours are 8.30a – 1130a to drop off passport and from 2.30p to pick up. I showed up the first time at 11.40a and was told of the new visa office hours. Also, a confirmed (purchased) flight itinerary (not reservation) is now required along with a negative covid test. I simply did a PCR the day before I went to request a visa. I think the non PCR (antigen) test may do, as they just want to know one is not positive at the time of application, and not necessarily for travel. There was no request for proof of yellow fever vaccine or hotel reservation but I submitted one and it was taken. I was asked for a copy of passport page and one passport photo and of course a completed application. After submitting required documents, the applicant is called for fingerprinting and picture taking. The visa now includes a picture taken on site. I picked up my passport in the afternoon. The fee was $35 payable in USD not Birr because I have a US Passport. It was really an effortless process. Spent about 40 minutes at embassy in the morning and less than 2 minutes in the afternoon picking up the passport. Djibouti will be my 49th country from where I plan to drive overland into Somaliland my 50th country.

    BTW, I also got a Somaliland visa in Addis. Only thing asked was completed application, copy of passport page, one passport picture and $100 plus an interview by the deputy ambassador. Total time, under one hour.

    Cheers to all world travelers, stay safe, stay blessed.

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    • So, Nik, you have purchased two way ticket and then crossed the border overland from Djibouti to Somaliland?

      Then, your ticket out of Djibouti was wasted?

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  • Hi Marty. Thank you so much for you information although I am very confused now . Because I thought there is not visa on arrival but e-visa to Djibouti . And on the official site of this e-visa says you can enter with it both by plane or by land borders . Do you know something about it ?

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    • Hello Yuliia, you are correct.
      You can either obtain visa beforehand at the embassy or consulate of Djibuti or you obtain an electronic visa for Djibouti. The website is https://www.evisa.gouv.dj.

      Before the e-visa was launched in 2019 there was also the option to get visa on arrival, but as many travellers visit Ethiopia too it was easy to pick up visa at the embassy in Addis Ababa. Hope this helps. I will try to update this blog.

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