Messages for U.S. Citizens
This is the most recent message for U.S. Citizens:
17 October 2013
On October 13th, an explosion occurred in a residential area in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Press reports indicate the regional terrorist group al-Shabaab has taken credit for the explosion. In light of this and the recent attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, U.S. citizens should continue to be vigilant while going about their activities and make the following safety tips a part of their daily routine:
- When in a public place, be aware of the various exit points.
- Avoid potentially risky situations like street protests. Refrain from taking pictures of such events.
If you witness any suspicious activity, please dial 18 to report it to the police.
If you live in or travel to Djibouti, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Djibouti Website. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Embassy is located at Lot number 350-B, Lotissement Haramous, Djibouti City. The mailing address is B.P. 185, Lot number 350-B, Lotissement Haramous, Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti. U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy during regular work hours, Sundays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. by dialing (253) 453-000. For after hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, dial (253) 453-010 or (253) 877-229.
In the event of an arrest, death, medical or other emergency involving a U.S. citizen in Djibouti, contact the Embassy immediately at (+253) 21-453-000 during business hours or (+253) 77-877-229 after hours. You may also contact the Bureau of Consular Services in Washington, DC, toll free, at 1-888-404-4747 from the U.S. or Canada or using the toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.
These contact numbers are for U.S. Citizen Emergencies ONLY. They are not for visa inquiries.
To contact the Government of Djibouti's Emergency Assistance Services you can dial the following from a local phone (Services offered in French):
. Police - 17
. Firefighters/Ambulance - 18
. Hopital Général Peltier - 21-35.09.62 / 21-35.27.12 (switchboard)
. Force Armée Djiboutienne - 21-35.03.45
. Djibouti Telecom Information Desk - 12
To contact the private French Military Hospital (Bouffard) you can dial the following from a local phone (Services offered in French):
. Emergency service - 21-45.01.15
. Reception / Billing office - 21-45.04.47 (Business hours only - Sat-Thu, 06:30-13:00)