Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Djibouti
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have an embassy in the capital of Djibouti. On consular matters Bulgarian nationals staying in Djibouti for shorter or longer periods, may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Embassy of Republic of Bulgaria in Ethiopia
Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; P.O.Box 987
Office hours: 09.00 - 18.00 h
E-mail: [email protected]
There is no accredited embassy of Djibouti for Bulgaria. The nearest to Bulgaria is the consulate representation of Djibouti in Athens.
Djibouti Consulate in Athens, Greece
Address: 253, Ave Syngrou, 171 22Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 923 6500; +30 210 921 0144
Fax: +30 210 921 0145
Bulgarian nationals may obtain visa for Djibouti at the embassy of France in Sofia.
Embassy of France in Sofia
Address: 1504 Sofia, 29, Oborishte Str.
Telephone: +359 2 9651100
Fax: +359 2 9651120
Office hours: 09.00 -13.15h; 14.45 -18.15h
E-mаil: [email protected]
Address: Sofia, 21 A, Oborishte Str.
Telephone: +359 2 965 11 00
Fax: +359 2 965 11 71
Office hours: 09.00 -12.30h; 15.00 -18.00h
Visa service: 09.00 -11.00h
E-mail: [email protected]
Djibouti Franc (DJF)
Carrying large amounts of money is not recommendable. Exchange of currency in the street is allowed.
Crime and security
The political situation is stable.
It is recommendable to avoid travelling to the border with Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. There are areas with concentration of mines.
Risk of terrorist attacks, especially by the terrorist group Al Shabab, based in Somalia.
When out of the capital city you are required to carry a copy of your passport, because you might be stopped by a police guard.
Criminal offence level is low, however there is the risk for street pick pocketing and home robbery.
Risk for pirate attacks!
Travelling by sea to the country should be in a convoy of ships, due to the pirate attacks along the shores of the Horn of Africa countries. For further information visit HERE.
Taking photos of military objects, staff, ports, airports, administration buildings and bridges is prohibited.
Although some narcotic substances are legal in Djibouti in the EU countries such substances are illegal.
Travelling outside the capital, where there is no mobile connection, should be undertaken with special precaution.
The number of the police in the country is 18.
Medical service in the hospitals is unsatisfactory. Hospitals are few in number and extremely expensive.
It is recommended to take measures against malaria, dengue and polio.
Risk for infection with tuberculosis.
As a result of the measures against infection with H1N1, the airport is equipped with devices for measuring the temperature.
Travel papers and visas
International passport, valid at least for the duration of the stay in the country.
Vaccination against yellow fever is obligatory upon entry in the country.
Up to date information regarding the vaccination required can be obtained from the National Centre for Contagious and Parasitic Diseases at telephone: +359 2 944 69 99 / 221.
Bulgarian nationals travelling to Djibouti (holders of ordinary, service and diplomatic passports) need a visa, which they can obtain at the Embassy of France in Sofia.
A visa with a validity of up to 30 days of stay in the country can be issued at the airport too, however it is recommendable to issue it prior to the travel.
It is necessary to stop reliable taxis.
It is recommendable to avoid objects with concentration of people, such as restaurants, and tourist sites.
Driving at night is dangerous.
Observe strict personal hygiene.
It is desirable to consume bottled water.
Travelling of children
There are no special requirements, however it is recommendable for children to travel with their own passports.
Certification and legalisation
In order to be valid in Bulgaria and so that they may serve before the Bulgarian institutions all documents of Bulgarian individuals issued by the competent authorities of Djibouti need to have the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Djibouti affixed on them. They need to be certified at the Consulate office of Djibouti in Athens, and then by the Bulgarian embassy in the Greek capital.
So prepared, the documents should be translated into the Bulgarian language by an authorised company in Bulgaria and certified by the Certification and Legalisation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme events – in case of ruined, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals may apply for the issue of an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of an EU member-state in the capital city Djibouti.