Travel Warning Djibouti June 2014
Reference: This warning comes directly from US State Department –> http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/djibouti-travel-warning.html
A travel warning in Djibouti for US citizens has been updated due to recent terrorist attacks.
US citizens and other Westerners that are currently in Djibouti are advice to cogitate for their personal security.
The U.S. Government are continuously receiving potential terrorist threats targeting Westerners and Djiboutian interests in Djibouti Terrorist acts can include suicide operations, bombings (to include car bombings), kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Djiboutian ports. Attacks may target official government facilities, including Embassies and military installations, as well as soft targets such as restaurants, clubs, and commercial entities.
Last May 24,2014, a restaurant packed with Westerners were attacked by two suicide bombers in Djibouti’s city center. One victim died and others were severely injured. Al Shabaab claimed responsible for this attack and renewed the stated intent to conduct similar attacks in Djibouti against both Djiboutian and Western targets. These threats have been going since 2011, following Djibouti’s commitment to contribute forces to the African Union Mission in Somali (AMISOM).
Us embassy has travel restriction for their employees in places like Menelik Area and are advised to avoid large gatherings in restaurants and other public places. these restrictions do not apply to non government employees. However, US citizens are encouraged to take the same safety precaution.
US citizen that are in Djibouti are advised to be alert and be aware at all times in residential areas, lodging houses, during outdoor events and generally in all public places.
U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Djibouti despite this Travel Warning are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive the most up-to-date security information. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. U.S. citizens are also advised to monitor the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and local and international news outlets.
The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is located at Lotissement Haramous Lot # 350B, tel. +(253) 21-45-30-00. You can contact the Consular Section of the Embassy via email at ConsularDjibouti@State.gov. For after-hours emergencies, please call +(253) 77-87-72-29 or 21-45-30-00.
U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Djibouti, as well as the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, which are all available on the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.