Current travel advisories for Ethiopia

Last Update: Monday, 15. July 2019 at 07:22

We advice caution when travelling to Ethiopia.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 2.9 / 5

Ethiopia is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa) with around 79 million citizens and a land mass of 1,127,127 km². We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 3.5 / 5

Ethiopia shares land borders with 5 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.5 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Somalia (5.0), Sudan (4.3), Eritrea (3.4), Kenya with (2.6) and Djibouti with (2.4 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Single advisories / travel warnings

US American government

http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/ethiopia-travel-advisory.html

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel To: Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. Reconsider Travel To: The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence may occur without warning. The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest. These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa. As a precaution, U.S. government personnel must request permission for any travel outside of Addis Ababa (personal and official), and are required to carry personnel tracking devices and, in some cases, satellite phones. U.S. government personnel and their families may not travel to the areas listed as Level 3 and Level 4 in this Travel Advisory except for official business and with prior approval from the Embassy. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Danger level: 2

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Canadian government

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ethiopia

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

Danger level: 2

Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories).

New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ethiopia

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Ethiopia, including Addis Ababa, due to violent crime, the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation.

Danger level: 2

Exercise increased caution / Some Risk.

New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ethiopia

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
Avoid non-essential travel to the Danakil desert area (east of the Dessie-Adigrat road and north of the Dessie-Djibouti road).  There is a significant threat to your security in these areas due to cross border tensions, the activities of armed militant groups, the risk of kidnapping and armed banditry, and the presence of landmines. 

Reisewarnstufe: 4

Avoid non-essential travel / High Risk.

New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ethiopia

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
Do not travel within 10 kilometers of Ethiopia's borders with Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Eritrea, with the exception of Highway 80 and the Moyale border crossing along the Kenyan border. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy’s peace overtures to Eritrea from June 2018 have resulted in the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea being reopened, although it remains a militarised zone pending withdrawal of forces. Do not travel to most parts of the Somali region, specifically the Nogob (previously Fik), Jarar (previously Degehabur), Shabelle (previously Gode), Korahe and Dollo (previously Warder) zones and within 100 kilometres of the border with Somalia in the Afder and Liben zones. Do not travel to certain parts of the Gambella region (the districts of Akobo, Wantawo, Jikawo and Lare in the Nuer zone and Jore district in the Agnuak zone).

Reisewarnstufe: 5

Do not travel / Extreme Risk.

Austrian government

https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/aethiopien/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Austrian Government advises again travelling Äthiopien.

Danger level: 3

Regional Travel Warning.

Irish government

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/ethiopia/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
High degree of caution

Danger level: 3

High degree of caution.

Maltese government

https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese travellers that, folowing some armed attacks on the 22nd June 2019 against the Amhara Regional State in Bahar Dar and the Armed Forces leaders in Addis Ababa, the security situation in Ethiopia still appears fluid. Travellers are advised to avoid the area of Bahar Dar where there are numerous checkpoints and some roads may be closed to traffic without warning. Maximum prudence is advised and one has to limit trips in the city.

Danger level: 4

Avoid all travel to certain areas.

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information.


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Basic facts

Citizens
around 79 million
Covering landmass
1,127,127 km²
Electricity
220V - 50Hz
Currency
Birr (ETB)
ISO 2-Letter Code
ET
Phone prefix
+251
Top Level Domain
.et
Mobile frequencies (MHz)
900

Airports in Ethiopia (extern)

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Note of the displayed travel advisories
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