Special Travel Circumstances in Djibouti

Although the narcotic khat is legal and widely chewed in Djibouti, it is illegal in many countries, including the United States. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol could result in legal penalties.

Djiboutians are generally conservative in manner and dress, especially in rural areas. Photography of public infrastructure (including, but not limited to, public buildings, seaports, the airport, bridges, military facilities, or personnel) is not allowed in Djibouti. Use extreme caution when photographing anyone or anything near prohibited areas. Photographic equipment will be confiscated, and the photographer may be arrested. It is generally a good idea to ask permission before taking pictures of people as they may object to having their photo taken.

Djibouti uses the Djiboutian Franc (DJF), which is pegged at 177 DJF to the dollar. Djibouti is a cash-based economy and credit cards are not widely accepted. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are limited. Changing money on the street is legal, but be aware of possible scams as well as personal safety considerations if people observe you carrying large amounts of cash. The exchange rate on the street will be similar to that at a bank or hotel. U.S. banknotes printed before 2003 may not be accepted at many currency exchanges.

Djiboutian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation and exportation of firearms. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Djibouti in Washington, DC, for specific information regarding customs requirements.

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