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United States Embassy Djibouti
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

To: All U.S. Citizens

From: U.S. Embassy Djibouti

Embassy Closure August 5 - 11, 2013

The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates, which include the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, to close for days not previously scheduled as holidays in the period Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August 11.  These Embassies and Consulates will continue to provide emergency American citizen services.  As previously noted, the Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, indicates we should institute these precautionary steps.  The current list of Temporary Post Closures and the text of the World Wide Travel Alert can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov/.

The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety considerations.  However, beyond this announcement we do not discuss specific threat information, security considerations or measures, or other steps we may be taking.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Djibouti enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov/, where you can find current Worldwide CautionTravel Warning, and Travel Alerts. Read the Country Specific Information for Djibouti here. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android Marketplace, 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 at any time by dialing (253) 21-453-000.  Regular business hours are Sundays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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February 20, 2013


The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to practice caution in light of potential demonstrations in Djibouti following the events unfolding in the world, including a video circulating on the internet and the recent publication of cartoons in France.

U.S. Embassy Djibouti is monitoring the situation closely, including the potential for protests in response to these events.  Currently, no demonstration permits have been granted by the Government of Djibouti.  We continue to monitor the possibility that spontaneous protests could occur in parts of the city on Friday, September 21, or in the following days.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  If you inadvertently end up in the midst of one, extricate yourself as quickly and safely as possible and maintain a low profile.  If you witness any suspicious activity, please dial 18 to report it to the police.  We will notify U.S. citizens of security threats as we become aware of them.

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 at any time by dialing (253) 21-453-000.  Regular business hours are Sundays - Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.