Djibouti Travel Health Advice

Malaria is a problem in Djibouti and some form of prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers in all areas. A yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Djibouti for all travellers arriving from yellow fever areas. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. Those planning to spend a lot of time outdoors who may be at risk of animal bites should consider a rabies vaccination as well. Visitors should be up to date on vaccinations for polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria.

Travellers should not drink tap water in Djibouti unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected, and should avoid ice in beverages. Don't eat fruit and vegetables unless they have been cooked or peeled, and eat all cooked meals while still hot.

Medical facilities are extremely limited in Djibouti, even in the capital city, and visitors should ensure that they have comprehensive travel insurance. As the availability of medicine is limited visitors should take along any medication they may need, in its original packaging and accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what the medicine is and why it is needed.

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