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Djibouti Djibouti

This little-known country in Africa more than makes up for its obscurity with its geological oddities, making it the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. Located on the eastern African coast on the Gulf of Aden, Djibouti is a multi-ethnic nation located near one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Its proximity to the coast makes it a popular spot for kitesurfing, snorkelling and diving, and its diverse geography makes it the perfect destination for hiking. You can walk on some of the lowest points on Earth, enjoy time on the beach and explore the wilderness at this ecotourism destination. Regardless of which adventures you have planned, ensuring you have travel insurance for your trip will give you the confidence to travel knowing you can get help if you need it.

Travel advice and information for Djibouti

Canadians must present a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended departure date. Tourist, business and student visas are required.

Travel with safety in mind. Petty crime is becoming more common, and piracy is possible in coastal waters. Take extra precautions to protect yourself and your personal items at all times. It’s recommended that you ask for permission before taking photos, and do not take any photos of military property. Be discreet, dress conservatively and respect all local customs.

The currency in the country is the Djiboutian franc (DJF). Credit cards are accepted by some hotels and airlines, and US traveller’s cheques can be cashed at most banks. The official languages in the country are French and Arabic, and Somali and Afar are also commonly spoken.

The best time of the year to visit the country is between November and April, when the average temperature is about 25°C.

Djibouti travel experiences

The country’s capital, Djibouti City, is popular among tourists. It’s known for its eclectic mix of old buildings, markets and beaches. If you are looking for something more low key, check out Tadjoura, a great place for fishing, sightseeing and playing golf.

Most people visit the country to experience its beautiful landscapes. During your stay, consider visiting Moucha Island to explore the coral reef, go snorkelling or diving, or even camp; Lake Assal, at approximately 157 m below sea level, which is surrounded by salt pans and is home to the Ardoukôba volcano; and Lake Abbe, known as a salt-water haven. Other places worth visiting include Khor Ambado Beach, the Gulf of Tadjoura and Day Forest National Park – a place where you can see rare species of plants and wildlife.

Get travel insurance for your trip to Djibouti

Travel insurance is an important part of trip planning. Having full travel insurance provides you with access to travel assistance, emergency medical care and coverage for lost baggage, trip delays and more. You never know what you could experience when you travel to Africa, but when you choose Blue Cross, you will know that we have you covered and are available to help 24/7. Contact us to learn more about your travel insurance coverage options or get a free quote today.

General Djibouti Canada
Continent: Africa
Population (2012): 859,652 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 232 9,984,670
Capital: Djibouti
Currency: Djiboutian franc
Official language(s): French, Arabic
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 1.18 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 1.75 1.23 (2013)

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