Country Guide: Djibouti

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Updated: November 14, 2016

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Residency permit, if applicable
  • Evidence of yellow fever vaccination
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / sea waybill / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed and valued inventory
  • Packing list
  • Letter of transfer / letter of employment
  • Letter of change of residence (returning citizens)
  • Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)


Specific Information

  • Visas may be obtained after entering the country, but it is strongly recommended to obtain one prior to entry.
  • The time indicated on the Djiboutian visa is the amount of time a person is permitted to stay in Djibouti without a residency permit. 
    • For stays past the date indicated on the visa, an exit tax of USD 60.00 is generally added to the cost of an airline ticket by travel agents (if traveling by air). 
    • All fees must be paid in cash.
  • Owners of the goods traveling to Djibouti are encouraged to research and consider travel warnings regarding safety and security.

Motor Vehicles

IAM Note:  Contact the destination agent for information.


IAM Note:  Contact the destination agent for information.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The items below may qualify for free import by persons 17 years of age and older:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (250)
    • Alcohol up to 22% (2 L), more than 22% (2 L), wine (2 L)
    • Perfume (50g), eau de toilette (250 ml)

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Knives and other deadly weapons
  • Pornographic or subversive materials
  • Photographic equipment (may lead to confiscation or arrest)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Djibouti

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.