Djibouti - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.

I have never felt unsafe here. It is very quiet and there are no significant crime issues. - May 2022

Technically the eye of the hurricane; surrounded by Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Yemen. Djibouti itself is a gem and I rarely felt unsafe. - Sep 2020

No, more safety concerns with drivers speeding down school zones. A young French girl was killed by a local driver who sped through a school zone as school kids were coming out. - Apr 2018

Based on informal conversations with colleagues, we all feel pretty safe here. I think the Camp presence (and other foreign militaries) helps with that sense of security. But common sense and intuition should prevail wherever you are, and Djibouti's no different. You can read the latest security message on our Embassy website. - Jun 2016

Aside from paranoid RSO's, not really. Djiboutians are opportunistic but not mean. Probably pickpockets and stuff like that. - Aug 2015

Not particularly. - Feb 2013

Not really. Crime here is very low, although you do have to retain your street smarts. Lock the doors, don't have valuables out in plain sight, don't wave wads of cash around, etc. - Apr 2010

While I was there, Djibouti felt very safe. There were some incidences of minor crimes of opportunity against Expats, but I could walk or jog alone at any time and not feel unsafe. Due to proximity to other national conflicts and terrorist interests, and due to rising levels of refugees from both political violence and famine, the security situation will probably slowly become more dangerous. Proximity also made for a regular terrorist threat but our lifestyle was not curtailed. - Aug 2008

Very little crime, but because of location there is a very real terrorism concern. - Apr 2008

Subscribe to our newsletter

New book from Talesmag! Honest and courageous stories of life abroad with special needs.

Read More