JIB | Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport

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  1. rockyrock

    rockyrock Silver Member

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    Djibouti is a small country in eastern (Horn of) Africa; bordered by Somaliland to the south, Ethiopia to the west and Eritrea to the north. It is also the piece of land that creates the bottleneck between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

    The country and airport are so small I have never heard of anyone visiting unless this was their final destination. For sure you can reach Djibouti via Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air France, KLM, Yemen Airways, and a few other regional airlines.

    Primary language is Somali but French and English are pretty prominent as well.

    The airport itself is very small. There is only one main lounge area with a small sparsly stocked bar. They accept US dollar, Djiboutian Franc, and I think Euros--but don't quote me on it.

    Arrival:
    You will deplane via ladder to the ground and be herded into customs where you will need to fill out a short customs form and probably pay for a visa even if you already have one. After customs you will exit to the baggage claim area. After collecting your baggage you will exit into a parking lot swarmed with taxi drivers high on khat. :eek:

    Warning: do not let anyone touch your bags or you will be required to pay. Failure to pay will result in local police getting involved and they are not on your side--ever.

    Departure:
    Warning: do not let anyone touch your bags or you will be required to pay. Failure to pay will result in local police getting involved and they are not on your side--ever.

    Keep tight hold of your bags unless you want to pay a few hundred francs ($1-$2) for someone to move your bag 10 feet. Once you clear security you will be permitted to enter the building and advance to the ticket area. Once again someone will try to "help" you with your bag, they have no mal-intent just trying to make a few bucks--its part of the culture. If you have a connecting flight you will have to stand in two lines to get your connecting boarding pass :confused:
    Once through you will pass through another layer of "security" and be directed upstairs to the lounge/gate area. The final layer of security is at the gate where your carry-ons will be scanned and you will go through a metal detector. When it is tiem to board you will go back down to ground level and walk out to the plane for boarding.
     
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