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Last verified: Thursday, 21. November 2019 at 07:21 AM

Ethiopia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Ethiopia

Local Situation: 2.6 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Ethiopia. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Ethiopia shares a land border with 5 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Ethiopia), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Somalia (5), Sudan (4.1), Eritrea (3.3), Kenya with 2.6 and Djibouti with 2.2 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for Ethiopia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Ethiopia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Ethiopia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.6 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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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: Border area with Somalia due to potential for terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, ...

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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

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

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Ethiopia.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: 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. 

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Ethiopia.

Issued by: New Zealand government

Info: 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).

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Äthiopien.

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Finska medborgare som är bosatta i Etiopien eller som tänker resa dit uppmanas vara försiktiga i hela landet på grund av säkerhetsläget. Undvik stora folksamlingar. Det förekommer en risk för terrorism. Undvik resor till gränsen mot Eritrea, Somalia och Sydsudan om de inte är nödvändiga.

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Når du rejser i Etiopien bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed, og udvise ekstra forsigtighed især pga. risikoen for voldelige uroligheder og terror. Sikkerhedssituationen i regionen er generelt ustabil. De fleste danskere har dog ingen problemer under besøg i landet. Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til distrikterne ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/etiopien/

Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Ethiopia.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Gambella-regionen. Distrikterne Mirab Armacho og Tach Armacho i det nordlige Gondar i Amhara-regionen. Tsegede distriktet på grænsen mellem Amhara og Tigray-regionen, distrikterne i Guji samt øst og vest Wollega i Oromia-regionen; Gedeo distriktet i SNNP-regionen; og også Kamashi distriktet i den sydligste del af Benishangul-Gumuz regionen.

Info: Risiciene er så alvorlige, at du bør have særlige grunde til at besøge området/landet. Vigtige forretningsrejser og presserende familiebegivenheder kan få rejsende til at vurdere, at et besøg er nødvendigt.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Ethiopia.

Issued by: Danish government

Coverage: Somali-regionen og alle Etiopiens grænseområder.

Info: Meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Individual rating changes for Ethiopia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Ethiopia. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Ethiopia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Austrian government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 2.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 3.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Ethiopia with a rating of 3.0.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia with its capital Addis Ababa is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa), slightly less than twice the size of Texas (1,127,127 km²). The country is located Eastern Africa, west of Somalia. The climate can be described as tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variation. The landscape is high plateau with central mountain range divided by Great Rift Valley. With a population of about 78.25 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Addis Ababa
Population about 78.25 million
Size 1.127.127 km²
Size comparable to slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Common languages Amharic, English, Oromo, Sinhala, Somali, Tigrinya
Currency Birr (short: ETB)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +251
Internet Top Level Domain .et
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 ET
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ETH
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 231

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Ethiopia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • overgrazing
  • soil erosion
  • water shortages in some areas from water-intensive farming and poor management

Natural hazzards

  • frequent droughts
  • geologically active Great Rift Valley susceptible to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions
  • volcanic activity in the Great Rift Valley; Erta Ale (613 m), which has caused frequent lava flows in recent years, is the country's most active volcano; Dabbahu became active in 2005, forcing evacuations; other historically active volcanoes include Alayt

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Ethiopia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. beverages
  2. cement
  3. chemicals
  4. food processing
  5. garments
  6. leather
  7. metals processing
  8. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. cattle
  2. cereals
  3. coffee
  4. cotton
  5. cut flowers
  6. fish
  7. goats
  8. hides
  9. khat
  10. oilseed

Ethiopian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Ethiopia.

Export products

  1. by value)
  2. coffee
  3. edible vegetables
  4. flowers (7%)
  5. gold (13%)
  6. khat (17%)
  7. live animals (7%)
  8. meat products (3%)
  9. oilseeds (17%)
  10. raw leather products (3%)

Import products

  1. (10%)
  2. (13%)
  3. (14%)
  4. aircraft
  5. by value)
  6. chemicals
  7. electrical materials
  8. fertilizers (4%)
  9. machinery
  10. metal

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is currently rated at 2,6 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Ethiopia.

Is it safe to travel Ethiopia in 2019?

Visiting the country Ethiopia is usually fine. The score is at 2,6 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Ethiopia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 7 individual sources for Ethiopia.

What is the size of Ethiopia?

Ethiopia has a size of 1,127,127 km² or 435,186 mi² which is slightly less than twice the size of Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.