Djibouti is around 12 hours flying time from the UK.
Djibouti is famous for the annual whaleshark sightings. Each year, these magnificent creatures are spotted in the Bay of Tadjoura from late October to mid February. Grab your snorkel and fins - whalesharks are waiting for you!
Covid Travel Information
Travel to the Djibouti is approved by the UK government
View the up to date rules here
View entry requirements here
On arrival at all entry points (land, air or sea), if you are older than 11 years, you will be tested for COVID-19 which can take up to an hour. You will have to pay for the test either by credit card, but as the credit card machines do not always work, cash (dollars, euros accepted) is a more reliable method of payment. If the test result is positive, foreign travellers will have to go into quarantine, at their own expense, at a hotel agreed with those conducting the test or if showing symptoms into the hospital, until testing negative.
With effect from 21 June, all passengers arriving in Djibouti who cannot show evidence of having been vaccinated, will have to spend 10 days in quarantine in their own accommodation.
Passengers who started their journeys or transited South Africa, India or Brazil will not be allowed to enter Djibouti due to increasing concerns about COVID-19 variants.
All travellers must present a negative PCR test when leaving Djibouti.
From October 24th, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 lateral flow test on your return in the UK.
Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5
Everyone has to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK
Updated 25th Oct 2021
Weather and Climate
Djibouti is a fairly dry country, with minimal rainfall Average high temperatures range from 29C during the months of December, January and February, to about 42C in July. Water temps range from 26 to 31 - during the whaleshark season the average temperature is 26-27C
Flights are usually with Air France or Ethiopian airlines from London.
Emirates and Turkish airlines operate regional departures. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Djibouti, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
Flights are usually with Emirates, Turkish airlines, Air France or Ethiopian. You can add a stop over in any of these capital cities en route
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders need a visa for Djibouti, issued on arrival. The visa is currently around $90 (subject to change) and must be paid for in cash. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting and holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have a night or day use at a hotel before embarkation.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
The transfer to the harbour is around 30mins - where possible all transfers are prepaid for you
If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Djibouti, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
You will be advised of your return transfer details locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Djibouti
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Euros and US dollar are recommended and the visa fees must be paid on board in cash. Credit and debit card payments can be unreliable so we recommend you do not rely on this locally.
Plugs and electricity
2 pin European sockets.
If you need to rent equipment, Lucy offers BCD, wetsuits, dive lights and regulators with octopus, gauges and extra tanks available for rent. All rentals must be arranged at least 7 days prior to departure.
Please speak to your travel consultant for current prices and options for extras.
At the moment there are no boat specific souvenirs for sale onboard. More generic local souvenirs will be available to buy at the airport.
Deposits and Balances
Normally £400 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure. Your deposit may be higher if we are adding international flights to your holiday package.
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
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Your holiday is based on 7 nights on board Lucy in a standard cabin on a full board basis.
An average week will offer 16 dives, on 12lt tanks with air fills and weights.
This holiday excludes international flights to Port Sudan. Please ask your travel consultant to add international flights at a competitive cost.
To pay locally are the Sudanese visa costs, transfers, nitrox, fuel surcharge and additional drinks not included in your board basis.