Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 1 December 2016, 10:52 NZDT
  • Still current at: 22 March 2018

Extreme Risk

There is extreme risk to your security in the area bordering Eritrea and we advise against all travel to this area. A long-running border dispute has caused tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea. The security situation remains fragile and further conflict is a possibility.

Some Risk

There is some risk to your security elsewhere in Djibouti due to the threat from terrorism and we advise caution.

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There is an ongoing threat from terrorism in Djibouti. The Somalia-based terrorist group Al-Shabaab has issued public threats against Djibouti. Past attacks have resulted in foreign fatalities and the possibility of future attacks, particularly in areas frequented by foreigners, cannot be discounted.
New Zealanders in Djibouti are advised to be security conscious at all times, monitor the media, and follow any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities. Particular care should be taken in crowded and public places and in areas known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations occur from time to time in Djibouti, mostly linked to domestic political developments. New Zealanders should avoid large crowds and public demonstrations as they have the potential to turn violent.

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.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in Djibouti should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Djibouti are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The New Zealand Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is accredited to Djibouti

Street Address New Zealand Embassy, Apartment 381, Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Postal Address P.O.Box 25656 code 1000 Telephone +251-11-515-1269 Fax +251-11-552-6115 Email Web Site Hours Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm Note In case of an emergency outside of office hours, please call the after-hours duty service on +251 935 021 436

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Ethiopia

Street Address
New Zealand Embassy, Apartment 381, Hilton Hotel, Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Telephone: +251-11-515-1269

Fax: +251-11-552-6115



Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

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