Home to over 65 million people from as many
as 80 different ethnic tribes on a land mass twice the size of Texas, Ethiopia is one of the most friendly countries in the
Euro,US Dollar and major travelers checks are easily convertible in banks and some hotels. ATMs are not in use. Credit card
use is only available in 4 & 5-Star hotels in Addis Ababa.
In order to change birr back to dollars on leaving
the country, visitors will be asked to produce bank receipts.
coming to Ethiopia should have in their possesion a valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever. Cholera vaccination
is required for any person who has visited a transited cholera infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.
Malaria precautions should be taken two weeks before if traveling at an altitude below 2000 meters. Visitors should bring
a simple first-aid kit with different size bandages, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream and/or tablets for insect bites,
sun barrier crean and an anti-diarrheal such as Immodium. Visitors may wish to take out holiday health insurance in their
The weather has a year round temperature of 70F/25C in
most of the country, although the southern areas can be warmer during the dry season. Clothing should be conservative, but
casual. Good walking shoes are essential. A sweater or light jacket is needed for the cooler evenings.
When planning your
visit to Ethiopia you may considered that the rainy season is from June thru August making some travel difficult but not
Hotel, Addis Ababa
Hotel, Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa has two 5 star hotels: the Hilton and the Sheraton.
There are also, a growing number of tourist class hotels.
Outside the capital standards vary (the hotels in the
north are generally better than those in the south). Apart from the Omo and Mago areas where camping is unavoidable it is
generally possible to get relatively clean rooms with toilet and shower.
traditional food consists of injera ( a spongey, pancake like bread made from an indegenious grain, teff) and a variety of
sauces and vegetables. The vegetarian will have a wide variety of foods to choose from. Fruits are the best in the world.
Bottled water is widely available.
VISA AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS:
applications may be obtained at the Ethiopian Embassy in your country however, there are 33 countries which are now allowed
to obatin tourist visas upon arrival at Ethiopia's Bole International Airport. ENTTO will meet you at the airport and process
the visas for your group when you arrive. Those countries who are allowed to obtain visas upon arrival are:
|Argentina ||Germany ||Norway|
|Australia ||Ireland ||Poland|
|Austria ||Israel ||Portugal|
|Belgium ||Italy ||Russian
|China ||Kuwait |
|Denmark ||Luxembourg ||Switzerland|
|Finland ||Mexico ||United
|France ||Netherlands ||United States of America|
Duty free import are permitted for up to: 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or
1/2 lb of tobacco 1 liter of alcoholic beverages 1/2 liter, or two bottles, of perfumes
Visitors may export souvenirs
with a value not exceeding Birr 500.00, although some articles (such as animals skins and antiques) required an export permit.