Filming the History and Culture of Djibouti

Djibouti is a very diverse country strategically located in the Horn of Africa. The culture of Djibouti has a variety of ethnic tribes and dominant groups are the Afar and Issa-Somali. 

The Issa Somali make up 60 percent of the Djibouti population, though their language is not considered an official tongue. The Afar people live in the desert and the mountains, and make up 40 percent of the country’s population. They are classified into two subgroups, the Asaemara and Adaemara. Ethnic traditions are very much alive, alongside European and French influences.

Djibouti’s history was shaped by its original inhabitants (the Afars and the Issas) and the French. Modern and Standard Arabic are also spoken, while good portions of the population also uses Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic, Amharic, Omani Arabic, Greek, and Hindi. Best places to shoot the History and Culture of Djibouti include Djibouti region and the Tadjoura region among others however you can shoot the History and Culture of Djibouti in all parts of the country.

History and Culture of Djibouti

Requirements and fees to film the History and Culture of Djibouti

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film the History and Culture of Djibouti. Contact us here and we will help you secure a filming permit for filming in Djibouti.

Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls, bridges, and public buildings, as well as of religious sites such as mosques is illegal while filming in Djibouti. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your filming equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming the History and Culture of Djibouti.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot of the History and Culture of Djibouti as below;

Djibouti Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase the tourist visa or business visa to allow you entry in Djibouti. Crew of all nationalities travelling to Djibouti can obtain a visa on arrival. The visa must be applied for at your closest Djiboutian embassy prior to travelling. The visa is valid for up to 30 days. US passport holders see here for more information. 

Journalists require a letter of accreditation approved in advance by the Ministry of Communication and Culture Djibouti. U.S. journalists and other journalists working for U.S.-based media institutions should contact the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs section at least two weeks prior to travel to facilitate this accreditation process. Journalists who fail to receive an accreditation letter risk arrest, seizure of equipment and/or expulsion. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local South Sudan embassy or Contact us here for the latest travel information to Djibouti. 

Vehicle Hire Services in Djibouti

Africa Fixers Ethiopia will help you organize transport for film crews to film the History and Culture of Djibouti depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4x4WD Land Cruisers. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled. 

Film Fixers in Djibouti to help you film the History and Culture of Djibouti

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Djibouti and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Djibouti. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Djibouti to help you film the History and Culture of Djibouti.

Where to Stay during filming the History and Culture of Djibouti

Lodge options to stay in during filming the History and Culture of Djibouti range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. This will depend which region and location you choose to film in, contact us here for booking and reservation details.

What is the best time to film the History and Culture of Djibouti

Filming the History and Culture of Djibouti is done throughout the year and the best time is during the dry season between June to September. 

Why use Africa Fixers?

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company in East Africa. We assist filming companies and Production agencies to film in Djibouti. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies in Djibouti to make sure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Djibouti are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming of the History and Culture of Djibouti.