Working in Djibouti

Djibouti has an economy built on its strategic geographic position. With limited natural resources, the main industries are in shipping and refuelling for transport entering the Red Sea. Regional partners are key for export, where onwards journeys often send goods deeper inland to Ethiopia.

Why work in Djibouti?

Djibouti has been beset by social and political factors which have previously hampered development, but several industries show growth and offer good opportunities for employment. The economy is driven by the Red Sea, and jobs for early career and senior talent often revolves around export and transport. Taxes are set at a flat rate and are lower than other countries in the region. Healthcare and education systems are underdeveloped, and access to private options is essential. Security can be complex, with high crime rates in cities, and following advice of your employer is essential.

Djibouti - Useful Information




Djiboutian Franc (DJF)

Dialling Code


Official Languages

Arabic, French

Main Airport

Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport


Djibouti (UTC +03:00)

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How Do I Work In Djibouti?

Work Authorisation and VISA requirements
You will need a VISA to work in Djibouti. It is recommended to obtain employment there before applying, as your new employer can often sponsor your application. You can find out more information by visiting your local embassy website. More information is available using the button below.

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