Djibouti Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Djibouti
Before driving abroad in Djibouti be sure to check your government’s website for up to date advice on the situation in the country. There are often travel advisories in force rgarding the area bordering Eritrea. Road and driving standards are poor. Some main roads in Djibouti are well maintained, but most roads are narrow, poorly lit, or washed-out. The two main roads to the capital city, via Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, and Yoboki, Djibouti both have a high volume of Ethiopian trucks transporting large cargo , and driving standards from lorry drivers is often poor. The route towards Dire Dawa is also in very poor condition. Excessive speed, unpredictable local driving habits, pedestrians and livestock in the roadway, and poorly maintained, overloaded vehicles are daily hazards. Avoid travelling outside of the city after dark as there is a risk of robbery (also present to a lesser extent in daylight); vehicles often have no lights and animals may be roaming the roads. Roads are poorly lit or unlit at all. Police set up wire coils as roadblocks on some of the major roads, which are not clearly visible at night. The narcotic leaf khat is widely used, particularly in the afternoons, which can lead to unpredictable driving habits.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Djibouti Car Rental –
Europcar, Alamo and  National have branches here.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Djibouti. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Djibouti Self Driving Rules-
Alamo don’t allow cross border rentals. The Europcar website indicates that they might but with restrictions to some countries. Nationals website doesn’t specify.

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