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Mar 26, 2019 at 10:12 AM

Tips for Travelers to Ethiopia

Informer : Wegen

General Information
Full Name of the Country: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Capital City:Addis Ababa

Land:Ethiopia covers an area of 1.14 million square kilometers (944,000 square miles).


There are two major seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September.


Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and centre of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise over 4,000 meters. The most famous Ethiopian river is the Blue Nile (or Abay), which runs a distance of 1,450 kilometers from the source in Lake Tana, to join the White Nile at Khartoum.


About 85 per cent of the population earns living from the land, mainly as subsistence farmers. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principal exports from this sector are coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals. There is also a thriving livestock sector, exporting cattle on the hoof, hides and skins.


Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. Amharic is the working language of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia while Oromigna, Tigrigna and Guragina are widely spoken. Moreover, English, Italian, French and Arabic are widely spoken in the spheres of commerce and education.


Major religions in the country are Christianity and Islam.


Internet domain or country code suffix .et Numerous internet cafes are available in Addis Ababa and in other cities.

Electric supply

Ethiopia uses 220 volts 50 cycles AC.


International dialing code: +251


Ethiopia is in the GMT + 3 hours time zone. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar.


The population is estimated at 83.1 million (UN 2007)

Main Exports

Coffee, hides, oil seeds, beeswax, meat, sugarcane, and flowers.


Excursions within Ethiopia, whether for a day or for a month, may be organized for you by any of the travel agencies or by the National Tour Operation.


In general between seasons clothes are appropriate. At higher altitudes, woolen clothes or a coat are needed in the evenings. Travelers should take rain coat or other rainwear, particularly when visiting the country during the period from February to October. It is usually possible to have clothes laundered at or near hotels within a short period of time (frequently services are offered 24 hours a day).


Addis Ababa has hotels that cater for all pockets, from the luxurious Sheraton and Hilton hotels to the tourist-class hotels such as the Ghion, the Ethiopia and the Wabi Shebelle. All tourist resorts offer a choice of modern hotels.

Banking Hours

Banking hours are usually from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday and from 8:00 am – 11:00 am on Saturdays. Closing times may be an hour longer in some private banks. Most banks work through lunchtime; however foreign exchange services are closed during lunch hours (12:00 noon – 1:00 pm).

Shopping Hours

Shops are open Monday to Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-very flexible, often longer opening hours; some shops are also open on Saturday. These days a few supermarkets and beauty salons in the capital are working 24 hours.


Telephone, fax and Internet access is available in Addis Ababa in most hotels, at the Ethiopian Telecommunications Authority main office and at private Internet service centers situated around the city.

Courier and Money Transfer Services

Money transfers can be made through Western Union and Money Gram. Both have representative branches in Addis Ababa and also make their services available from private and national banks.

Four courier service providers DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT and EMS have offices in Addis Ababa.


The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB), made up of 100 cents. Birr notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 50 and 100. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency but this must be declared on arrival to the customs authorities on the appropriate blue-colored form.

Foreign currency may only be exchanged at authorized banks and hotels, and a receipt must be obtained. The currency declaration form must be retained as this will be required by customs on departure. Visitors may change back any surplus Ethiopian Birr to cash at the airport before departure.

In addition to any Ethiopian Birr, along with the currency exchange form you must bring with you all receipts for exchange transactions.

Currency Importing:

Local currency (ETB) up to ETB 10.00 per person. Foreign currencies unlimited, provided declaration is made to the customs on arrival.

Currency Exporting:

Allowed local currency (ETB), provided passengers holds a re-entry permit ETB 10.00 per person. Foreign currencies up to the amounts imported and declared.

Public Holidays

Sunday is the weekly day of rest.

Public holidays are celebrated according to the Ethiopian (Julian) Calendar which consists of twelve months of thirty days each and a thirteenth month of five days (six days in leap year). The calendar is seven years behind the Western or Gregorian Calendar, with New Year falling in the month of September.

Months Holidays
September 11 Ethiopian New Year
September 26 The finding of the True Cross (Meskal)
October 2 Id ul Fitr (Ramadhan)
December 9 Id ul Ahda (Sacrifice)
January 8 Ethiopian Christmas
January 20 Ethiopian Epiphany
March 2 Victory of Adwa
March 20 Birth of Prophet Mohammed (Mauwlid)
April 25 Ethiopian Good Friday
April 27 Ethiopian Easter
May 1 International Labour Day
May 5 Ethiopian patriots’ victory day
May 28 Downfall of the Dergue Regime
*The holidays of Id al Fater and Id al Adaha and the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.) are subject to moon sighting.

Duty-free imports are permitted for up to:

1. 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 1/2 lb of tobacco
2. liters of alcoholic beverages
3. Half-liter or two bottles of perfume.
Visitors may export souvenirs, although some articles (such as animal skin and antiques) require an export permit.

Health requirements

Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.

Visa and immigration requirements:

Visa are required for all foreign visitors to Ethiopian, with the exception of nationals of Kenya. Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas. However, nationals of 36 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge.
Czech Republic
Republic of Korea,
New Zealand,
North Korea
Russian Federation,
South Africa,
Citizens of United Kingdom and United States.
For China including passports issued in Hong Kong (SAR China)
and MACAO (SAR China), Visa is available on arrival.

✔Bole International Airport

The New Bole International Airport is situated 8 kilometers from the centre of the city (a 15 minute drive under normal conditions). Paid parking, luggage carts and uniformed porters are available at the airport terminal.

Taxis are readily available. The National Tour Operator (NTO) has yellow Mercedes sedans which can be ordered at their airport desk. The rates for these taxis are fixed and receipts will be given if requested. Privately-owned blue cabs and yellow cabs are also in abundance, but do not have fixed rates; establishing their fare is advisable before getting into the vehicle.

Foreign exchange service is available at the arrivals lounge.

Security at the airport is tight and travelers need to produce their air ticket and passport to enter the terminal building. All other visitors are required to pay a fee of two Ethiopian Birr at the booths located in the parking lot and need to show identification cards at the guard post. 

Info source: Ethiopian airlines

Mar 26, 2019 at 09:43 AM

Travel Tips and Information

Informer : Wegen

Passport, Visa & Health Requirements

Passport, visa and health requirements vary from country to country. Contact your travel agent or the nearest Ethiopian ticket office for current passport, visa and health requirements of the countries you are planning to travel to.

Many countries require proof of return/onward and sufficient funds for your stay. Please contact the nearest Consulate of the country to which you are traveling to for additional information.

Passengers traveling on Ethiopian Airlines between Vienna and Stockholm who require entry visa to Schengen countries must have a valid multiple Schengen visa.Passengers holding a single country Schengen visa to enter Sweden or another Schengen country cannot travel on Ethiopian Airlines flight between Stockholm and Vienna. A multiple Schengen visa is required.
This is because the flight is operated as transit flight carrying international passengers beyond European airports.

Passengers traveling on Ethiopian Airlines between Rome and Stockholm who require entry visa to Schengen countries must have a valid multiple Schengen visa.Passengers holding a single country Schengen visa to enter Sweden or another Schengen country cannot travel on Ethiopian Airlines flight between Stockholm and Rome. A multiple Schengen visa is required.
This is because the flight is operated as transit flight carrying international passengers beyond European airports.

passport or National identity cards requires for all passengers with resident permit or citizen in one of Schengen countries traveling on Ethiopian Airlines between Stockholm and Oslo

Passengers with entry visa to Schengen countries must have a valid multiple Schengen visa to traveling on Ethiopian Airlines between Stockholm and Oslo.

Passengers who already used a single Schengen visa to enter Sweden or another Schengen country cannot travel on Ethiopian Airlines flight between Stockholm and Oslo.

Minors/Children Birth Certificate
If you are traveling with children, please make sure to be in possession of valid unabridged birth certificate and/or adoption certificate or certificate of guardianship as applicable, to avoid last minutes inconvenience.

Note that the rules are valid for all children whether they are biological, adopted or just travelling together!!

Identification Cards (ID)
Please remember to have your government-issued picture ID card available at all times. Note also that you may be required to present proof of age (such as a birth certificate) at the airport for children whomay be traveling with you.

Customs Regulations
Customs regulations and procedures that apply to travelers entering or exiting vary from country to country and are changed frequently. Contact your travel agent or the nearest Ethiopian ticket office for current customs regulations of countries you are planning to travel to.

Agricultural Products
Several countries have restrictions regarding importation of agricultural products. Contact your travel agent or the nearest Ethiopian ticket office for current restrictions on importation and export of agricultural products.

Suggested Arrival Times
To make your trip as enjoyable as possible, please allow enough time for check-in, security screening and boarding.

Due to some lengthy security checkpoint waiting times, earlier arrivals are recommended. We recommend that you check in at least 3 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.

Tips for a Comfortable Flight
For your own comfort try and travel light.
Wear loose clothing and elasticated stockings made of natural fibre.
Increase your normal intake of water and only if need be drink alcohol but in moderation.
Use moisturizing cream to keep your skin from drying out.
Take off shoes in the plane to prevent your feet from swelling up or wear shoes that will cope with expanding ankles.
Avoid heavy meals during the flight.
Short walks once every two hours are excellent for circulation.
Try to touch your toes when waiting in the aisle to stretch your hamstrings.
On arrival at your destination, have a hot shower or a relaxing bath.
On arrival a quick jog, brisk walk, or a vigorous scrub will help stimulate your circulation.
These pages are for informative purposes only and do not form a contract. As such, any information contained within this site is subject to change with or without notice. Ethiopian Airlines assumes no liability for these changes. Ethiopian also reserves the right to interpret and apply these policies and procedures. In each case, Ethiopian’s interpretations and applications shall be final and conclusive.
New Rule: Entry to South Africa
1. Passengers travelling with child to South Africa

All children under the age of 18 years who travel into or out of South Africa need the consent of both their parents, and to produce a full birth certificate at a port of entry.

For more information, please follow the link below:

2. Acceptance of Minors travelling to South Africa

If the child is travelling alone or with only one parent, then they must also carry an affidavit filled out by the missing parent or parents. 

Info source: Ethiopian airlines

Mar 10, 2019 at 01:45 PM

Accident to Ethiopian Airlines

Informer : Space

Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).

The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am. At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.

It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.

Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information center and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March.

Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at

ET 302 Accident Information hot lines
For all residents in Addis Ababa and surrounding areas use telephone numbers : +251115178945/+251115178987/+251115178231/+251115178558

Airport Emergency Team : +251115178733/+251115174735/+251115178601 

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