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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 world.


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.


Visitors 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 country.


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 impossible.


Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa


Sheraton 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.


The 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 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 Federation
Brazil                 JapanSouth Africa
Canada              Korean RepublicSpain
China                Kuwait                 


Denmark           Luxembourg           Switzerland
Finland              Mexico                   United Kingdom
France               Netherlands            United States of America
Greece                    New Zealand



 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.