Buying a Prepaid SIM Card in Djibouti Guide

Djibouti is a country located in, what many call, the Horn of Africa in East Africa, with the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the northeast of the country. It is also one of the safest countries in Africa, and certainly the safest in the region.

Djibouti, the capital city of Djibouti (yes, it is true), has many cultural sites like the Hamoudi Mosque. Lac' Assal is a desert with salt beds and black lava, which looks impressive.

The Day Forest National Park is something you have to visit, and the Khor Ambado Beach is a popular beach. You will have a good time in Djibouti.

What may ruin your good time is dealing with an expensive roaming bill you may get from roaming with your provider in Djibouti. Roaming can be expensive in many cases, which is why many travelers prefer to buy local SIM cards to enjoy domestic rates, including Djiboutian ones, and why you searched for buy SIM card Djibouti.

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Djibouti. Let's get started.

Telecom Operator in Djibouti

Djibouti has only 1 telecom operator, and that is Djibouti Telecom with their mobile brand called Evatis. It has 2G and 3G networks, and 4G/LTE has been tested for a long time right now.

Best SIM Card in Djibouti

If you want to buy a SIM card in Djibouti, Djibouti Telecom would be your only choice.

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SIM Card Registration Regulations in Djibouti

Like most countries in Africa, you have to show your passport when buying a Djiboutian SIM card.

Because Djibouti Telecom has a monopoly on mobile internet, mobile data in Djibouti is one of the most expensive in East Africa. However, it can still be seen as affordable, depending on the prices back at home.

There is not much more to say about Djibouti, so let’s see what Djibouti Telecom has to offer to us.

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Evatis by Djibouti Telecom

Djibouti Telecom Logo
Evatis by Djibouti Telecom Logo

Evatis by Djibouti Telecom is the sole operator in Djibouti. Their 3G network reaches most parts of the country, and you can expect decent 3G speeds at around 10 Mbps.

You can buy an Evatis SIM card for 1000 DJF ($5.60) in Djibouti Telecom stores or various electronics shops. You can buy top-up vouchers ranging from 500 DJF to 10 000 DJF in multiple stores. To check your Evatis credit balance, you have to dial *168#. Additionally, dial *165# to see your data balance.

Evatis has various data and combo packs available, which can be purchased by dialing *164#:

  • 100 DJF: 50 MB for 1 day
  • 300 DJF: 250 MB for 2 days
  • 500 DJF: 1 GB for 3 days
  • 500 DJF: 20 MB, 30 minutes, and 20 SMS, for 30 days
  • 2000 DJF: 100 MB, 120 minutes, and 50 SMS for 30 days
  • 5000 DJF: 500 MB, 180 minutes, and 100 SMS for 30 days
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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Djibouti

Getting a SIM card from Evatis by Djibouti Telecom would be your only option when considering a Djiboutian SIM card. Be sure to explore the roaming options your provider offers you, as they may offer free or cheap roaming bundles.

You could also consider getting an international SIM card or using a portable hotspot. International SIM cards like OneSimCard, SimOptions, Surfroam, BNESIM, and SimCorner are attractive for those visiting multiple destinations at once or within a year. Portable hotspots like Skyroam, Vision Global Wireless, and Travelwifi will be useful when traveling with multiple people so that not each individual has to get a SIM card but can use the hotspot.

Going to other countries in East Africa and Southeast Africa? Check out my East Africa SIM card buying guide, covering other East African nations, such as Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eswatini (Swaziland) Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

What about other places in Africa? My Africa SIM card buying guide covers all African destinations, such as Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, and Tunisia.

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

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