Djibouti has had about 11,542 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 2, 2021, and has registered 147 deaths. The government maintains various prevention measures, including obligatory mask wearing in public and measures to promote social distancing, but has shifted away from a confinement strategy to vaccination. So far about 16,300 people have been at least partially vaccinated, and the authorities offer both mass vaccination sites and targeted distribution in the regions. The authorities require that all international visitors take a COVID-19 test before arrival.
The Ministry of Health and its partners have increased their preparedness by building surveillance, testing, quarantine, and health worker capacity. The WHO has delivered protective and medical equipment, including tests and respirators. The Ministry of Health is strengthening the capacity of the medical facilities, and the government is deploying three different vaccines from various sources.
Reopening of the economy. The government has generally relaxed confinement measures. Transport, retail, services, construction, and public administration have reopened. Wearing a mask is mandatory in public spaces as well as other hygiene measures such as hand washing and regular sanitization of public places. The borders were reopened and international travel permitted in starting in July 2020, but a recent uptick in cases led the authorities to reimpose restrictions for a two-week period ending November 4. The authorities now also require travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test) taken 72 hours before departure. The government continues to target those who have potentially been in contact with people who have tested positive.