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Reviewed: 28 July 2010, 15:45 NZDT
Still current at: 18 May 2013
There is extreme risk to your security in the area bordering Eritrea due to the possibility of military conflict. We advise against all travel to the border area with Eritrea.
There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Djibouti due to the uncertain security situation and we advise caution.
In June 2008 there were military clashes between Djibouti and Eritrea in the disputed border region. The security situation in this region remains fragile and could deteriorate further with little warning.
The security situation elsewhere in Djibouti is stable, however civil unrest in neighbouring countries may have an adverse affect on the region. New Zealanders in Djibouti are advised to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness at all times. You should avoid travelling to remote areas of Djibouti including the borders with Ethiopia and Somalia where the presence of security forces is low.
New Zealanders should avoid large crowds and public demonstrations, which occur frequently, as these have the potential to lead to politically-motivated violence and opportunistic crime.
Piracy is a problem in the coastal areas of Djibouti. Attacks against all forms of shipping are common in and around Djibouti’s waters and the Gulf of Aden. Mariners are strongly advised to take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Djibouti should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Djibouti are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.