Current travel advisories for Ethiopia

Last Update: Wednesday, 28. September 2022 at 08:20

Please reconsider your need to travel to Ethiopia.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 3.6 / 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: 3.8 / 5

Ethiopia shares land borders with 5 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.8 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Somalia (5.0), Sudan (4.3), Djibouti (3.2), Eritrea with (3.2) and Kenya with (3.1 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports of no cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

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.  Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in the Oromia region, except for the city of Addis Ababa, due to ethnic conflicts and the unpredictable security situation. Avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in Ethiopia, except for the city of Addis Ababa, due to ongoing civil unrest and armed conflicts in the northern part of the country, which could spread to new areas without warning. 

Danger level: 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:
If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Reisewarnstufe: 0

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New Zealand government

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

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution in the city of Addis Ababa due to the unstable political situation and ethnic tensions.

Reisewarnstufe: 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:
Do not travel to more remotes regions or 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 due to the high risk of violence, kidnapping and landmines. Despite a peace agreement in 2018, the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains a heavily militarized security corridor. Border roads with Eritrea are closed due to the conflict in Tigray. Conditions at the border may change with no warning. Do not travel to the Regional State of Tigray and bordering areas of Amhara and Afar states due to the ongoing military conflict and uncertain security situation, which could deteriorate with little warning. 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, due to the high risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, violence and landmines. 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) due to the high risk of violence and the volatile security situation. Do not travel to parts of the Oromia regional state (the West Wollega Zone, East Wollega Zone, Kelem Wollega, Horo Gudru Wollega) due to high degrees of violent civil unrest.

Reisewarnstufe: 5

Do not travel / Extreme Risk.

Finnish government

Quelle: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/ET

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Undvik alla resor - Undvik alla resor utanför huvudstaden Addis Abeba. Var mycket försiktig när du rör dig i Addis Abeba.Undvik att röra dig utomhus efter mörkrets inbrott och var försiktig också under dagtid. Ambassaden rekommenderar att alla som reser till och från landet gör en reseanmälan på adressen https://reseanmalan.fi(Länk till en annan webbplats.).

Danger level: 5

Avoid Travelling..

Finnish government

https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/ET

Regional warning: This advisory covers a specific region.

Brief summary:
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Reisewarnstufe: 0

No warnings given..

German government

Quelle: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/aethiopiensicherheit/209504

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Äthiopien: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise (Teilreisewarnung). The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Danger level: 3

Regional Travel Warning.

Canadian government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Danger level: 3

Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Australian government

Quelle: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/ethiopia

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
We've reviewed our advice for Ethiopia. We haven't changed the overall level, reconsider your need to travel. The security situation in Ethiopia remains uncertain. Some areas have an increased risk and we have raised the level of advice. We continue to advise do not travel to the Regional States of Tigray, bordering areas of Amhara and Afar States, Somali region and most international land borders. We now advise do not travel to East and West Wollega in Oromia Region or Metekel Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State. We advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing civil unrest and armed conflicts in the north of the country and the risk of them spreading to new areas without warning. Other levels apply in some areas.

Danger level: 4

Reconsider your need to travel.

US American government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to “Do Not Travel” areas Reconsider travel to Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas. Do Not Travel To: Tigray Region and border with Eritrea due to armed conflict, civil unrest, and crime. Amhara Region due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Afar Region due to armed conflict and civil unrest. Border area with Somalia due to potential for terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. Border areas with Sudan, and South Sudan due to crime, kidnapping, civil unrest, and ongoing clashes between various armed groups. Border areas with Kenya due to potential for terrorism and ethnically motivated violence. The Wollega Zones of the Oromia Region due to violence and civil unrest. The situation in Addis Ababa is stable. However, there is armed conflict and civil unrest in other areas of Ethiopia, and the security situation may deteriorate without warning. The U.S. Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist with departure from the country if the security situation deteriorates. Due to armed conflict and civil unrest throughout parts of Ethiopia, travel by U.S. government personnel is routinely assessed for additional restrictions. Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis. U.S. officials have very limited consular access to U.S. citizens detained by Ethiopian authorities. The government of Ethiopia has previously restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services before, during, and after civil unrest. Telecommunication, electricity, and other public services remain largely unavailable in the Tigray region as well as other areas affected by conflict. 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 services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa. Please contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at AddisACS@state.gov for further information. Read the country information page for additional information about travel to Ethiopia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Ethiopia has an unknown level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

Danger level: 4

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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. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


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Country 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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Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in Ethiopia.

Is Ethiopia safe to travel in 2020?

There are some travel advisories for Ethiopia. With a risk index of 3.6 out of 5 possible point, we suggest you consult your local authorities before booking a flight.

How many countries have issued advisories for Ethiopia?

We currently know of 7 countries having issued advisories for Ethiopia.

What countries does Ethiopia share land borders with?

Ethiopia shares land borders with 5 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 3.8 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Somalia (5.0), Sudan (4.3), Djibouti (3.2), Eritrea with (3.2) and Kenya with (3.1 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!