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COVID-19 Vacc. -9.3%
Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates
Published on 13.01.2022, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines could reach pre-Covid capacity level in 2022

Published on 11.01.2022, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines is profitable as cargo demand booms, CEO says

Published on 05.01.2022, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines revises refund and rebooking COVID policy.

Published on 04.01.2022, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines receives authorization to return to Argentina from 08JAN22.

Published on 31.12.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines set to commence flight to Lalibela.

Published on 30.12.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines receives IATA pharmaceutical certification.

Published on 30.12.2021, Ethiopian:

China Civil Aviation suspends Ethiopian Airlines' Addis Ababa-Shanghai service for two weeks, from 03JAN22.

Published on 29.12.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines says to resume using Boeing 737 Max planes on 01FEB22

Published on 21.12.2021, Ethiopian Airlines:

Africa's international powerhouse: 76 Years of Ethiopian Airlines

Published on 20.12.2021, Ethiopian Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines’ surprising penalty for misbehaving in lounge.

Published on 16.12.2021, Ethiopian:

Kinshasa-Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Airlines flights maintained.

Published on 09.12.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian launches car hire and transfer service in partnership with CarTrawler.

Published on 02.12.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines wins 'Best African Airline' Award at the 2021 Business Traveller

Published on 29.11.2021, Ethiopian:

US urges citizens to leave Ethiopia amid deteriorating security situation.

Published on 22.11.2021, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian, Kenya Airways, Rwandair, Uganda Airlines:

Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda carriers expand as Ethiopian, Kenyan Airways falter.

Published on 22.11.2021, Ehiopian:

Ethiopia insists airspace safe after US warning.

Published on 18.11.2021, Ethiopian:

US warns pilots of weapon fire as war nears Ethiopia capital.

Published on 16.11.2021, Ethiopian:

US judge OKs Boeing agreement to settle Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash claims.

Published on 11.11.2021, Ethiopian:

Boeing to compensate victims in Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash.

Published on 04.11.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines commits ongoing lead support of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.

Published on 03.11.2021, Ethiopian:

Inside Ethiopian Airlines’ plan to dominate African skies.

Published on 02.11.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines honored with multiple prestigious awards at SKYTRAX 2021 World Airline Awards.

Published on 28.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Interview with Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Launching a New Airline in Africa.

Published on 21.10.2021, Ethiopian Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines Partners with Aero HygenX for Deployment of Autonomous UV-C Disinfecting Solution.

Published on 21.10.2021, Ethiopian Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines to resume B737 MAX ops in 1Q22.

Published on 20.10.2021, Ethiopian:

The families of victims of Ethiopian crash ask DOT to terminate Boeing’s ability to certify aircraft.

Published on 19.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines, Airlink sign interline agreement: What does this mean for passengers?

Published on 14.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines enter into an interline agreement with South Africa’s Airlink.

Published on 12.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines renews USD 110 million deal with Sabre and adopts set of solutions to power recovery.

Published on 07.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines denies transporting weapons for Tigray War.

Published on 07.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian inks partnership with AccessRail to provide intermodal transportation.

Published on 06.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopia used its flagship commercial airline to transport weapons during war in Tigray.

Published on 06.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing sign strategic MoU to position Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub.

Published on 06.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian Lines Up New North American Routes (Addis, via Abidjan to Washington Dulles; Addis, via Dublin to Montreal).

Published on 04.10.2021, Ethiopian:

Ethiopian still considering another widebody order.

Published on 28.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines plans the return to the air of the Boeing 737 Max by January 2022.

Published on 22.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

IATA urges Ethiopian Government to maintain support for aviation.

Published on 21.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

UAE suspends Ethiopian Airlines over carrying travelers from Uganda.

Published on 20.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines Resumes Enugu Flights 01OCT21

Published on 17.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines plans to resume flights to Buenos Aires

Published on 15.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of 32nd Dash 8-400

Published on 15.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

DRC wants to launch new joint venture airline with Ethiopian Airlines.

Published on 06.09.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines settles with Boeing following 737 MAX crash and expects to fly the jet again by January

Published on 30.08.2021, Ethiopia Airlines:

Ethiopian Airlines disappoints with Abidjan-Newark line closure

Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Ethiopia
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 120 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 10 years.
– This does not apply to family members of passengers with a diplomatic or service passport.
– This does not apply to family members of passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by an African Union State or the United Nations.

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Flight Restrictions
Published on 02.09.2021

1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 120 hours before arrival. - This does not apply to: - passengers younger than 10 years; - passengers with a
diplomatic passport and their immediate family members; - passengers with a service passport and their immediate family members; - passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by an
African Union (AU) state and their immediate family members; - passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations and their immediate family members.

2. Residents of Ethiopia are allowed to enter with an expired residence permit.

3. Passengers with a valid ID card issued to foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin can obtain a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa (ADD).

4. Children traveling with foreign parents of Ethiopian origin can obtain a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa (ADD).

5. Passengers with a foreign passport stating Ethiopia as place of birth can obtain a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa (ADD).

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation or government facility.

Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
Anyone who has a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within 90 days or who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to complete 7 days self-quarantine.
Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test.
Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. They will likely have to remain in isolation until they test negative. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 may be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.

Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted.
Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.

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Vaccination
COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2022-01-12
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 10958596
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 430
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 9.3
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 4

Digital negative COVID-19 certificate required to enter, exit or transit country from 7 June.

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Full Restrictions

  • Ethiopia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Ethiopia: There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Ethiopia: Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
    While you don’t need a negative COVID-19 test to transit Addis Ababa, you should ensure that you have the correct tests for your onward journey.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa.
    Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. See below. If you have any further questions, you should contact your airline.
    *Screening on arrival: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include checking COVID-19 test results, temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials on recent travel and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below).
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. They will likely have to remain in isolation until they test negative. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 may be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    *COVID-19 Test and Quarantine requirements: Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    You will need to complete 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. However, passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Land border quarantine: Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) with digital reference code (see Entry to Ethiopia) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who has a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within 90 days or who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to complete 7 days self-quarantine. Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You should check for the latest information with local authorities before travelling to the border.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Ethiopia: Travel to the airport: Addis Ababa (Bole International) airport remains open, including for transit passengers. You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
    • Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
    • Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive)
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates. There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    07.01.2022
  • Ethiopia Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Ethiopia: There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating Covid-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Ethiopia: Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa.
    Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. See below. If you have any further questions, you should contact your airline.
    *Screening on arrival: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include checking COVID-19 test results, temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials on recent travel and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below).
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    *COVID-19 Test and Quarantine requirements: Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    You will need to complete 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. However, passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating COVID-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel
    or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers arriving into the country (except diplomats) are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate, dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    Most passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. Passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based RT COVID-19 test on arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    *Land border quarantine: Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) with digital reference code (see Entry to Ethiopia) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who has a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within 90 days or who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to complete 7 days self-quarantine.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You should check for the latest information with local authorities before travelling to the border.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Ethiopia: Travel to the airport: Addis Ababa (Bole International) airport remains open, including for transit passengers. You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
    • Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
    • Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive)
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates. There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    13.12.2021
  • Ethiopia Latest News: Movement in urban areas restricted as authorities declare state of emergency for six months (MWA, 03.11.2021)

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Ethiopia: There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating Covid-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Ethiopia: Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa.
    Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. See below. If you have any further questions, you should contact your airline.
    *Screening on arrival: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include checking COVID-19 test results, temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials on recent travel and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below).
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    *COVID-19 Test and Quarantine requirements: Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    You will need to complete 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. However, passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating COVID-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel
    or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers arriving into the country (except diplomats) are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate, dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    Most passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. Passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based RT COVID-19 test on arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    *Land border quarantine: Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) with digital reference code (see Entry to Ethiopia) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who has a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within 90 days or who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to complete 7 days self-quarantine.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You should check for the latest information with local authorities before travelling to the border.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Ethiopia: Travel to the airport: Addis Ababa (Bole International) airport remains open, including for transit passengers. You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include.
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
    • Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
    Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive)
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    05.11.2021
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    15.09.2021
  • Ethiopia Latest News: Digital negative COVID-19 certificate required to enter, exit or transit country from 7 June (Xinhua, 03.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Ethiopia: There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating Covid-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Ethiopia: Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa.
    Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. See below. If you have any further questions, you should contact your airline.
    *Screening on arrival: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include checking COVID-19 test results, temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials on recent travel and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below).
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    *COVID-19 Test and Quarantine requirements: Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    You will need to complete 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. However, passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based COVID-19 test upon arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating COVID-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel
    or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers arriving into the country (except diplomats) are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate, dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    Most passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival. Passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based RT COVID-19 test on arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate. If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    *Land border quarantine: Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) with digital reference code (see Entry to Ethiopia) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who has a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within 90 days or who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to complete 7 days self-quarantine.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You should check for the latest information with local authorities before travelling to the border.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Ethiopia: Travel to the airport
    You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
    Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
    Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive )
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.

    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.

    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    06.09.2021
  • Ethiopia Latest News: Digital negative COVID-19 certificate required to enter, exit or transit country from 7 June (Xinhua, 03.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Ethiopia: There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia.
    Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine.
    Ethiopia has announced its intention to use the Africa Union Trusted Travel process for validating Covid-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel orUNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request.
    You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Ethiopia: If you are planning to travel via Ethiopia to reach the UK, you should be aware that restrictions apply. Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa.
    Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. See below.
    If you have any further questions, you should contact your airline.
    *Screening on arrival: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate with digital reference code prior to entry. Additional screening may include temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials. This will include checks on recent travel to affected areas and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below).
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia.
    Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers arriving into the country (except diplomats) are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate, dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days). Only RT PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    Most passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation on arrival. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival.
    Passengers who have a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within the last 90 days or have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate as above. If they do not present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test certificate, they will be expected to get an RT PCR or Antigen-Based RT COVID-19 test on arrival. If the result is negative, they will not be required to self-isolate.
    If diplomats do not present a negative test certificate or refuse to get the test on arrival, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    *Land border quarantine: Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders.
    Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) with digital reference code (see Entry to Ethiopia) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who has a certificate of recovery from COVID -19 within 90 days or who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to complete 7 days self-quarantine.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country.
    You should check for the latest information with local authorities before travelling to the border.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel in Ethiopia: Travel to the airport
    You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
    Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
    Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive )
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.

    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.

    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

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    03.09.2021
  • Ethiopia Latest News: Digital negative COVID-19 certificate required to enter, exit or transit country from 7 June (Xinhua, 03.06.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to Ethiopia: *Entry to Ethiopia: There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine.
    From 7 June 2021, all passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia must validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which must be presented. Paper certificates will not be accepted without a digital reference code from 1 July 2021. You should arrange to take a private test.
    *Transiting Ethiopia: If you are planning to travel via Ethiopia to reach the UK, you should be aware that restrictions apply. Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for COVID-19. The maximum transit time is 72 hours.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa.
    Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit. See below.
    If you have any further questions, you should contact your airline.
    *Screening on arrival: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate with digital reference code prior to entry (see Entry to Ethiopia). Additional screening may include temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials. This will include checks on recent travel to affected areas and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below).
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia.
    Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    *Quarantine requirements: All passengers arriving into the country (except diplomats) are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate, dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) . Only RT 2PCR tests will be accepted. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight.
    All passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate. Where they do so, they will need to self-isolate at their residence for 7 days. Where they do not present a negative test certificate, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    *Land border quarantine: Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders.
    Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) with digital reference code (see Entry to Ethiopia) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country.
    You should check for the latest information with local authorities before travelling to the border.
    *Visas: You will need a visa with a valid travel document to enter Ethiopia.
    The Ethiopian authorities have temporarily suspended visas-on-arrival and e-visas. All visitors must get a visa from the Ethiopian Embassy closest to their place of legal residence before travelling. You will need to show a valid visa before boarding your flight and upon entry. Holders of valid Diplomatic ID, Ethiopian Temporary Residents Permits or Ethiopian Origin ID (Yellow Cards) will continue to be allowed entry.
    The penalty for overstaying your visit visa is $US10 per person per day. If you overstay you will have to pay your fine in full before you are able to leave Ethiopia. Visitors entering Ethiopia without a valid travel document and Ethiopian visa may encounter imprisonment and/or pay six months or more overstay penalty in USD.
    To obtain a business visa for Ethiopia you may need prior approval from the Ethiopian Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency office before submitting your application to the Ethiopian Embassy. You should check the latest instructions with your nearest Ethiopian Embassy.

    Internal Restrictions:

    *Travel to the airport: You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
    • Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
    • Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive)
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. For further information see Local Travel
    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.

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    24.06.2021
  • Ethiopia Latest news: Civil aviation authority reopens airspace in Tigray region from 14 December (News Business Ethiopia, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Flights to some destinations in northern Ethiopia are resuming.
    Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). All passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate. Where they do so, they will need to self-isolate at their residence for 7 days. Where they do not present a negative test certificate, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit.
    Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate prior to entry. Additional screening may include temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials. This will include checks on recent travel to affected areas and your accommodation details for your self-isolation.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel to the airport: You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.
    *Local coronavirus measures: Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
    • Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus;
    • Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members;
    • Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake;
    • Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition);
    • Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times;
    • Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed;
    • Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested;
    • All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants;
    • Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures;
    • Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation;
    • Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive).
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray Regional State has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.
    *Accommodation: Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.
    *Public places and services: There are restrictions in place for public spaces, including social distancing, limited gathering and wearing of face masks. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.

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    26.01.2021
  • Ethiopia Latest news: Civil aviation authority reopens airspace in Tigray region from 14 December (News Business Ethiopia, 14.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Flights to some destinations in northern Ethiopia are resuming.
    Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). All passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate. Where they do so, they will need to self-isolate at their residence for 7 days. Where they do not present a negative test certificate, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit.
    Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate prior to entry. Additional screening may include temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials. This will include checks on recent travel to affected areas and your accommodation details for your self-isolation.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include: any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus. Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake. Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested. All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants. Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures. Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation. Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive).
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray Regional State has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. Most hotels and accommodation remain open.

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    30.12.2020
  • Ethiopia International Restrictions:
    There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia.
    Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia (except diplomats). All passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation. You must provide the address for your self-isolation upon arrival.
    Diplomats are encouraged to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate. Where they do so, they will need to self-isolate at their residence for 7 days. Where they do not present a negative test certificate, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
    Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to COVID-19 screening measures during transit.
    Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate prior to entry. Additional screening may include temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials. This will include checks on recent travel to affected areas and your accommodation details for your self-isolation.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay.
    Measures are in place when arriving into the country across land borders. Those crossing with a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) will be screened for symptoms and required to self-isolate at home for 7 days. Those that do not present a negative test certificate will be screened and required to self-isolate for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted.
    Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and a further test. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flights here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include: any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus. Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority. Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
    Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake. Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
    Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
    Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested. All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants. Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures. Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation. Those required to self-isolate at home should follow the correct procedures (page 13, Ministry of Health Directive).
    Failure to comply with these measures is punishable by criminal law. You should comply with all measures, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    There may be local restrictions to public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray Regional State has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. Most hotels and accommodation remain open.

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    07.10.2020
  • Ethiopia *****

    International restrictions:

    There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Transit passengers are those with an onward ticket to another destination, who do not formally enter Ethiopia. Transiting passengers are exempt from the current quarantine restrictions for coronavirus. The maximum transit time is 72 hours. Passengers transiting for 8 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 8 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to coronavirus screening measures during transit.
    Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international ports of arrival) have put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include temperature measurements and checks on recent travel to affected areas. Those people displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility for up to 24 hours while further tests are carried out. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute advises that anyone who tests positive for the virus but displays only mild symptoms will be required to remain at the isolation facility for a further 14 days, in line with WHO guidance. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay. More serious cases will be transferred to hospital.

    All passengers arriving into the country are subject to mandatory self-isolation or quarantine. Passengers carrying a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted. You will be tested again upon arrival. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight. All other passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory quarantine, at government designated hotels. You may choose from a range of hotels at different prices, but cannot change hotel once your quarantine has started. Passengers are responsible for the full cost of their stay in quarantine. You may need to demonstrate that you have made a hotel booking for your quarantine before boarding your flight. During quarantine you will be tested for coronavirus. If you test negative you will be required to self-isolate at home for a further 7 days. If you test positive you may need to stay in quarantine or an isolation centre until you have recovered and tested negative.
    On 23 March the Government of Ethiopia announced the closure of the country’s land borders. Some border checkpoints are reopening with screening measures in place, including mandatory quarantine at a government isolation centre for 7 days. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You will be tested for coronavirus at the isolation centre. Those who receive conclusive negative tests will be required to self-isolate at home for a further 7 days. Those testing positive will be treated in line with national coronavirus procedures.
    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 23 March the Government of Ethiopia announced the closure of the country’s land borders. Some border checkpoints are reopening with screening measures in place, including mandatory quarantine at a government isolation centre for 7 days.
    On 8 April the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The State of Emergency will last for five months and gives the Federal Government and security forces increased power to impose limitations. Measures include: all meetings of four or more people for religious, government, social or political purposes are prohibited; For gatherings of three or fewer people, individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Exceptions for funerals and other essential functions to take place will be considered on a case-by-case basis; Schools, bars, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs have been closed. Cafes and restaurants must have no more than three people at a table with tables at least two adult strides apart wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places everyone must stand at least two strides apart; Greetings by handshake are banned; All movements across land borders, except for the flow of cargo and essential goods, are suspended; Public transport will reduce passenger loads on vehicles to ensure social distancing is possible; Landlords are banned from evicting or increasing rents on private tenants residing in their properties for the duration of the State of Emergency; All commercial and private employers bound by the Labour proclamation will be prohibited from reducing their workforces or prematurely terminating employment contracts; Students and teachers are banned from meeting and are only permitted to connect online or by other means that do not contravene social distancing measures; Although lawyers will still be able to confer with their clients in correctional facilities with the necessary precautions in place, all other prison visits are prohibited; Sporting activities at all levels are prohibited; Children’s playgrounds and other such venues will be closed.
    Any person failing to comply with the measures could face up to three years imprisonment or a fine of between 1,000 and 200,000 Ethiopian Birr. The security forces can enforce these measures where necessary.The requirement for mask-wearing is being enforced in all public spaces. You should comply with all such limitations, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates. Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Harari and Tigray regional states have banned or restricted public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures.

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    28.07.2020
  • Ethiopia
    *****

    International restrictions:

    There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Passengers transiting for 8 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 8 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to coronavirus screening measures during transit. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international ports of arrival) have put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include temperature measurements and checks on recent travel to affected areas. Those people displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility for up to 24 hours while further tests are carried out. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute advises that anyone who tests positive for the virus but displays only mild symptoms will be required to remain at the isolation facility for a further 14 days, in line with WHO guidance. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay. More serious cases will be transferred to hospital.
    All passengers arriving into the country are subject to mandatory self-isolation or quarantine. Passengers carrying a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Only PCR tests will be accepted. You will be tested again upon arrival. You may need to demonstrate you have such a test certificate before boarding your flight. All other passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory quarantine, at government designated hotels. You may choose from a range of hotels at different prices, but cannot change hotel once your quarantine has started. Passengers are responsible for the full cost of their stay in quarantine. You may need to demonstrate that you have made a hotel booking for your quarantine before boarding your flight. During quarantine you will be tested for coronavirus. If you test negative you will be required to self-isolate at home for a further 7 days. If you test positive you may need to stay in quarantine or an isolation centre until you have recovered and tested negative.
    On 23 March the Government of Ethiopia announced the closure of the country’s land borders. Some border checkpoints are reopening with screening measures in place, including mandatory quarantine at a government isolation centre for 7 days. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You will be tested for coronavirus at the isolation centre. Those who receive conclusive negative tests will be required to self-isolate at home for a further 7 days. Those testing positive will be treated in line with national coronavirus procedures.
    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 8 April the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The State of Emergency will last for five months and gives the Federal Government and security forces increased power to impose limitations. Measures include: all meetings of four or more people for religious, government, social or political purposes are prohibited; For gatherings of three or fewer people, individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Exceptions for funerals and other essential functions to take place will be considered on a case-by-case basis; Schools, bars, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs have been closed. Cafes and restaurants must have no more than three people at a table with tables at least two adult strides apart wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places everyone must stand at least two strides apart; Greetings by handshake are banned; All movements across land borders, except for the flow of cargo and essential goods, are suspended; Public transport will reduce passenger loads on vehicles to ensure social distancing is possible; Landlords are banned from evicting or increasing rents on private tenants residing in their properties for the duration of the State of Emergency; All commercial and private employers bound by the Labour proclamation will be prohibited from reducing their workforces or prematurely terminating employment contracts; Students and teachers are banned from meeting and are only permitted to connect online or by other means that do not contravene social distancing measures; Although lawyers will still be able to confer with their clients in correctional facilities with the necessary precautions in place, all other prison visits are prohibited; Sporting activities at all levels are prohibited; Children’s playgrounds and other such venues will be closed.
    Any person failing to comply with the measures could face up to three years imprisonment or a fine of between 1,000 and 200,000 Ethiopian Birr. The security forces can enforce these measures where necessary.The requirement for mask-wearing is being enforced in all public spaces. You should comply with all such limitations, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates. Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Harari and Tigray regional states have banned or restricted public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures.

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    23.07.2020
  • Ethiopia
    *****

    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights are operating between Ethiopia, European and other international destinations. There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. There may be changes to schedules at short notice.
    Passengers transiting for 8 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 8 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit. To the extent airline schedules allow, you should therefore minimise the duration of your transit in Addis Ababa. Passengers transiting Addis Ababa Bole International Airport are subject to coronavirus screening measures during transit.
    On 23 March the Government of Ethiopia announced the closure of the country’s land borders. Some border checkpoints are reopening with screening measures in place, including mandatory quarantine at a government isolation centre for 7 days. The standard of isolation centres varies significantly around the country. You will be tested for coronavirus at the isolation centre. Those who receive conclusive negative tests will be required to self-isolate at home for a further 7 days. Those testing positive will be treated in line with national coronavirus procedures.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 8 April the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The State of Emergency will last for five months and gives the Federal Government and security forces increased power to impose limitations. Measures include: all meetings of four or more people for religious, government, social or political purposes are prohibited; For gatherings of three or fewer people, individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Exceptions for funerals and other essential functions to take place will be considered on a case-by-case basis; Schools, bars, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs have been closed. Cafes and restaurants must have no more than three people at a table with tables at least two adult strides apart wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places everyone must stand at least two strides apart; Greetings by handshake are banned; All movements across land borders, except for the flow of cargo and essential goods, are suspended; Public transport will reduce passenger loads on vehicles to ensure social distancing is possible; Landlords are banned from evicting or increasing rents on private tenants residing in their properties for the duration of the State of Emergency; All commercial and private employers bound by the Labour proclamation will be prohibited from reducing their workforces or prematurely terminating employment contracts; Students and teachers are banned from meeting and are only permitted to connect online or by other means that do not contravene social distancing measures; Although lawyers will still be able to confer with their clients in correctional facilities with the necessary precautions in place, all other prison visits are prohibited; Sporting activities at all levels are prohibited; Children’s playgrounds and other such venues will be closed.
    Any person failing to comply with the measures could face up to three years imprisonment or a fine of between 1,000 and 200,000 Ethiopian Birr (£25 – £5,000). The security forces can enforce these measures where necessary.The requirement for mask-wearing is being enforced in all public spaces. You should comply with all such limitations, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Harari and Tigray regional states have banned or restricted public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities.
    Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures.

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    15.07.2020
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia has closed its land borders. UHHAS and WFP AGPS ops are ongoing.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that all land border crossings will be closed except for “essential goods” as of March 23.
    Air passengers from international destinations are being asked to complete a health declaration form.
    Air passengers do not need specific documentation related to COVID-19 in order to enter/exit Ethiopia, but should be prepared to show proof of immunization for yellow fever.
    All air passengers arriving in Ethiopia through Bole International Airport will be subjected to COVID-19 screening, which will include questions about recent travel and the taking of their temperature. Individuals from certain countries could be subject to extra screening procedures.
    All air passengers planning to transit through Addis Ababa must have onward tickets in hand upon arrival at Bole International Airport or they risk being placed in extended quarantine in a designated hotel at their own expense.
    Transit passengers are also strongly advised to have their onward ticket be for a same-day connecting flight. Bole International Airport authorities are not allowing passengers to stay overnight in the airport. Transit passengers who do not have same-day connecting flights will be required to spend the night in a designated hotel at their own expense.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 8 April the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The State of Emergency will last for five months and gives the Federal Government and security forces increased power to impose limitations. Measures include: all meetings of four or more people for religious, government, social or political purposes are prohibited; for gatherings of three or fewer people, individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Exceptions for funerals and other essential functions to take place will be considered on a case-by-case basis; schools, bars, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs have been closed. Cafes and restaurants must have no more than three people at a table with tables at least two adult strides apart; wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places; everyone must stand at least two strides apart; greetings by handshake are banned; all movements across land borders, except for the flow of cargo and essential goods, are suspended; public transport will reduce passenger loads on vehicles to ensure social distancing is possible; landlords are banned from evicting or increasing rents on private tenants residing in their properties for the duration of the State of Emergency; all commercial and private employers bound by the Labour proclamation will be prohibited from reducing their workforces or prematurely terminating employment contracts; students and teachers are banned from meeting and are only permitted to connect online or by other means that do not contravene social distancing measures; although lawyers will still be able to confer with their clients in correctional facilities with the necessary precautions in place, all other prison visits are prohibited; sporting activities at all levels are prohibited; children’s playgrounds and other such venues will be closed. Any person failing to comply with the measures could face up to three years imprisonment or a fine of between 1,000 and 200,000 Ethiopian Birr.The security forces can enforce these measures where necessary.The requirement for mask-wearing is being enforced in all public spaces. You should comply with all such limitations, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Harari and Tigray regional states have banned or restricted public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region. You should follow the advice of the local authorities. For further information see Local Travel in Safety and Security

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    27.06.2020
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia has closed its land borders. UHHAS and WFP AGPS ops are ongoing.

    Passengers arriving in Ethiopia:
    – are subject to medical screening; and
    – must have a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival; or
    – are subject to quarantine for 7 days.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    On 23 March the Government of Ethiopia announced the closure of the country’s land borders. You should check for updates with local authorities before travelling to the border. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international ports of arrival) have put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Screening may include temperature measurements and checks on recent travel to affected areas. Those people displaying symptoms linked to coronavirus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility for up to 24 hours while further tests are carried out. The Ethiopian Public Health Institute advises that anyone who tests positive for the virus but displays only mild symptoms will be required to remain at the isolation facility for a further 14 days, in line with WHO guidance. Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay. More serious cases will be transferred to hospital.

    Passengers arriving into the country are subject to mandatory self-isolation or quarantine.

    Passengers carrying a negative Covid-19 test certificate dated within the previous 72 hours are required to take a new test and to self-isolate at home for 14 days. All other passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory quarantine, followed by a further 7 days self-isolation at home, where possible. Mandatory quarantine will be at government designated hotels. You may choose from a range of hotels at different prices, but cannot change hotel once your quarantine has started. Passengers are responsible for the full cost of their stay in quarantine.

    *****Transit Passengers
    All air passengers planning to transit through Addis Ababa must have onward tickets in hand upon arrival at Bole International Airport or they risk being placed in extended quarantine in a designated hotel at their own expense.
    Transit passengers are also strongly advised to have their onward ticket be for a same-day connecting flight. Bole International Airport authorities are not allowing passengers to stay overnight in the airport. Transit passengers who do not have same-day connecting flights will be required to spend the night in a designated hotel at their own expense.

    Public health requirements for humanitarian flighs [https://humanitarianbooking.wfp.org/en/wfp-aviation/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 8 April the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency to help limit the spread of coronavirus. The State of Emergency will last for five months and gives the Federal Government and security forces increased power to impose limitations. Measures include: all meetings of four or more people for religious, government, social or political purposes are prohibited; for gatherings of three or fewer people, individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times. Exceptions for funerals and other essential functions to take place will be considered on a case-by-case basis
    schools, bars, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs have been closed. Cafes and restaurants must have no more than three people at a table with tables at least two adult strides apart; wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places; everyone must stand at least two strides apart; greetings by handshake are banned; all movements across land borders, except for the flow of cargo and essential goods, are suspended; public transport will reduce passenger loads on vehicles to ensure social distancing is possible landlords are banned from evicting or increasing rents on private tenants residing in their properties for the duration of the State of Emergency all commercial and private employers bound by the Labour proclamation will be prohibited from reducing their workforces or prematurely terminating employment contracts students and teachers are banned from meeting and are only permitted to connect online or by other means that do not contravene social distancing measures although lawyers will still be able to confer with their clients in correctional facilities with the necessary precautions in place, all other prison visits are prohibited sporting activities at all levels are prohibited children’s playgrounds and other such venues will be closed. Any person failing to comply with the measures could face up to three years imprisonment or a fine of between 1,000 and 200,000 Ethiopian Birr. The security forces can enforce these measures where necessary.The requirement for mask-wearing is being enforced in all public spaces. You should comply with all such limitations, wear a mask in public, and monitor local media for further updates.
    Oromia, Amhara, SNNP, Harari and Tigray regional states have banned or restricted public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus. Tigray has instituted additional quarantine measures for those travelling from overseas and other parts of Ethiopia and curtailed movement between cities and rural areas in the region.

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    24.06.2020
  • Ethiopia Ethiopia has closed its land borders. UHHAS and WFP AGPS ops are ongoing.

    International restrictions:

    Ethiopian airlines has suspended air traffic to over 110 countries. Domestic flights and cargo flights are still operational. Transit through the capital Addis Ababa is still possible if passengers have onward tickets in hand upon arrival at Bole International Airport for a sameday connecting flight. Otherwise, they are likely to be quarantined in a designated hotel at their own expense. Transit passengers are not allowed to stay overnight in the airport. Those who do not have same-day connecting flights will be required to spend the night in a designated hotel at their own expense. All incoming travellers will undergo a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at the passenger expense. Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies. The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit passengers. Transit passengers holding connecting flight bookings will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until their connecting flight. All land borders have been closed except for cargo traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national ‘state of emergency’ is in place until September. Handshakes and religious, political and other official gatherings of more than four people are prohibited. While exceptions might be made for funeral services and essential services under special circumstances, all attendees will be required to maintain a two metre distance. While some public transport services remain operational, passenger occupancy cannot exceed 50 percent of all seats. The same applies to private vehicles, which are also only allowed to travel on alternating days according to the last number of their license plate. Educational institutions, bars and nightclubs remain closed. State-of-emergency provisions prohibit employers from terminating employment contracts, while landlords are not allowed to evict tenants or raise rent. Within the Tigray region, an emergency-rule order has been imposed until June: inter-state long travel is banned, as well as weddings and other festivities which could lead to large gatherings. Markets, night clubs, bars and khat places are also closed. The Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Harari, Oromia, Somali, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s region state governments have banned cross-country public transportation through their regions and personally-owned vehicles are restricted to three passengers. Travellers should expect checkpoints during travel for COVID-19 related screenings.

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    01.06.2020
  • Ethiopia A national state of emergency was declared on 8 April for five months. Effective 23 March 2020, all passengers arriving in Ethiopia will be placed in a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at their own expense. UHHAS Cargo ops still ongoing.

    International restrictions:

    Ethiopian airlines has suspended air traffic to over 110 countries. Domestic flights and cargo flights are still operational. Transit through the capital Addis Ababa is still possible if passengers have onward tickets in hand upon arrival at Bole International Airport for a same-day connecting flight. Otherwise, they are likely to be quarantined in a designated hotel at their own expense. Transit passengers are not allowed to stay overnight in the airport. Those who do not have same-day connecting flights will be required to spend the night in a designated hotel at their own expense. All incoming travellers will undergo a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at the passenger expense. Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies. The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit passengers. Transit passengers holding connecting flight bookings will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until their connecting flight. All land borders have been closed except for cargo traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national state of emergency is in place until September. Handshakes and religious, political and other official gatherings of more than four people are prohibited. While exceptions might be made for funeral services and essential services under special circumstances, all attendees will be required to maintain a two metre distance. While some public transport services remain operational, passenger occupancy cannot exceed 50 percent of all seats. The same applies to private vehicles, which are also only allowed to travel on alternating days according to the last number of their license plate. Educational institutions, bars and nightclubs remain closed. State-of-emergency provisions prohibit employers from terminating employment contracts, while landlords are not allowed to evict tenants or raise rent. Within the Tigray region, an emergency-rule order has been imposed until June: inter-state long travel is banned, as well as weddings and other festivities which could lead to large gatherings. Markets, night clubs, bars and khat places are also closed. The Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Harari, Oromia, Somali, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s region state governments have banned cross-country public transportation through their regions and personally-owned vehicles are restricted to three passengers. Travellers should expect checkpoints during travel for COVID-19 related screenings.

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    21.05.2020
  • Ethiopia A national state of emergency was declared on 8 April for five months. Effective 23 March 2020, all passengers arriving in Ethiopia will be placed in a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at their own expense. UHHAS Cargo ops still ongoing.

    International restrictions:

    Ethiopian airlines has suspended air traffic to over 110 countries. Domestic flights and cargo flights are still operational. Transit through the capital Addis Ababa is still possible if passengers have onward tickets in hand upon arrival at Bole International Airport for a same-day connecting flight. Otherwise, they are likely to be quarantined in a designated hotel at their own expense. Transit passengers are not allowed to stay overnight in the airport. Those who do not have same-day connecting flights will be required to spend the night in a designated hotel at their own expense. All incoming travellers will undergo a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at the passenger expense. Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies. The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit passengers. Transit passengers holding connecting flight bookings will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until their connecting flight. All land borders have been closed except for cargo traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national state of emergency is in place until September. Handshakes and religious, political and other official gatherings of more than four people are prohibited. While exceptions might be made for funeral services and essential services under special circumstances, all attendees will be required to maintain a two metre distance. While some public transport services remain operational, passenger occupancy cannot exceed 50 percent of all seats. The same applies to private vehicles, which are also only allowed to travel on alternating days according to the last number of their license plate. Educational institutions, bars and nightclubs remain closed. State-of-emergency provisions prohibit employers from terminating employment contracts, while landlords are not allowed to evict tenants or raise rent. Within the Tigray region, an emergency-rule order has been imposed until June: inter-state long travel is banned, as well as weddings and other festivities which could lead to large gatherings. Markets, night clubs, bars and khat places are also closed. The Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Harari, Oromia, Somali, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s region state governments have banned cross-country public transportation through their regions and personally-owned vehicles are restricted to three passengers. Travellers should expect checkpoints during travel for COVID-19 related screenings.

    Read more
    18.05.2020
  • Ethiopia A national state of emergency was declared on 8 April for five months.
    Effective 23 March 2020, all passengers arriving in Ethiopia will be placed in a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

    UHHAS Cargo ops still ongoing.

    International restrictions:

    Ethiopian airlines has suspended air traffic to over 110 countries. Domestic flights and cargo flights are still operational.
    Transit through the capital Addis Ababa is still possible if passengers have onward tickets in hand upon arrival at Bole International Airport for a same-day connecting flight. Otherwise, they are likely to be quarantined in a designated hotel at their own expense. Transit passengers are not allowed to stay overnight in the airport. Those who do not have same-day connecting flights will be required to spend the night in a designated hotel at their own expense.
    All incoming travellers will undergo a mandatory quarantine at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for 14 days at the passenger expense.
    Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies.
    The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit passengers.
    Transit passengers holding connecting flight bookings will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until their connecting flight.
    All land borders have been closed except for cargo traffic.

    Internal restrictions:

    A national state of emergency is in place until September.
    Handshakes and religious, political and other official gatherings of more than four people are prohibited. While exceptions might be made for funeral services and essential services under special circumstances, all attendees will be required to maintain a two metre distance.
    While some public transport services remain operational, passenger occupancy cannot exceed 50 percent of all seats. The same applies to private vehicles, which are also only allowed to travel on alternating days according to the last number of their license plate.
    Educational institutions, bars and nightclubs remain closed.
    State-of-emergency provisions prohibit employers from terminating employment contracts, while landlords are not allowed to evict tenants or raise rent.
    Within the Tigray region, an emergency-rule order has been imposed until June: inter-state long travel is banned, as well as weddings and other festivities which could lead to large gatherings. Markets, night clubs, bars and khat places are also closed.
    The Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Harari, Oromia, Somali, and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s region state governments have banned cross-country public transportation through their regions and personally-owned vehicles are restricted to three passengers. Travellers should expect checkpoints during travel for COVID-19 related screenings.

    Read more
    10.05.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Ministry of Health/
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