ETHIOPIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Ethiopia is an exciting destination, rich in local tradition and history, possessing its own written language and script, and filled with classical African landscapes, flora and fauna. Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. In the long and disturbing history of the African continent, Ethiopia remains the only country which has never been colonised (except for a brief occupation by Italy during World War II).

 

It may also be justifiably considered the cradle of humanity - its famous Rift Valley is the site of a prehistoric civilisation and the place where the fossils of ‘Lucy’ and ‘Homo Ramidus Afarensis’, the world’s oldest known hominids, were found. Best of all, it has been a virtually unknown tourist destination, which means that you won’t have to contend with scores of camera-wielding tourists.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Ethiopia has closed its land borders, but airports remain open.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, 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. Travelers will also be tested again prior to leaving the airport.Travelers who tests positive for the virus but displays only mild symptoms will be required to remain in self-isolation for a further 14 days (where possible). They may be tested again prior to the end of self-isolation. If they cannot self-isolate they will need to stay at a government designated isolation center until they have recovered and tested negative with follow up tests. Those with more serious symptoms may be taken to a government designated isolation facility or hospital for treatment.All travelers arriving at Bole International airport should bring a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test issued at most 120 hours before arrival starting from the time sample is given. Travelers are subject to a 14-days mandatory self-quarantine at their home and also required to give sample upon arrival. Any travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days. The first 7 days will be at a government-designated facility at their own expense and the remaining 7 days at home. Travelers with an onward ticket to another destination may transit in Ethiopian airports, as long as the transit time is under 72 hours. Travelers 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. Transit travelers are subject to medical screening.

 

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Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa and the second-oldest official Christian nation in the world after Armenia.

  • Capital: Addis Ababa
  • Currency: Birr (ETB)
  • Area: 1,127,127 km²
  • Population: 109,2 million (2018)
  • Language: Amharic (official), Oromo, Tigrinya Guaragigna, Somali, Arabic, other local languages, English (major foreign language taught in schools)
  • Religion: Ethiopian Orthodox, Protestantism, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Animism, Baha'i
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (European & Italian plugs)

 

Ethiopian New Year takes place on the 11th of September or on the 12th during a leap year. It is known as Enkutatash, which means "Gift of Jewels". Ethiopian calendar has twelve months of 30 days plus five or six epagomenal days, which comprise thirteenth months. The sixth epagomenal day is added every four years.

 

The New Year signifies the end of the long rainy season and the beginning of a bright sky and a dazzling sunlight. The countryside turns into gold with the yellow daisies (adey abeba) covering the entire fields in rural areas of Ethiopia, which are in bloom at this time of the year.

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 7 January, Christmas Day (Genna)*
  • 19 January, Epiphany (Timket)*
  • 2 March, Victory of Adwa Day
  • 11 September, Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash)**
  • 27 September, Feast of the True Cross (Meskel)**

* Falls one day later in Gregorian leap years.

** Falls one day later in the year before a Gregorian leap year.

Business openings and work schedules may be significantly affected by Coptic Orthodox Christian and Islamic holidays.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Ethiopia’s large land area and diverse topography results in different climates across the country. Thus, Ethiopia’s climate is tropical in the south-east and north-east lowlands and cooler in the highland regions in the central and north of the country. Seasonal rainfall is driven mainly by the migration of the Inter‐Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Mean annual rainfall distribution is approximately 2,000 mm over the south-western highlands and less than 300 mm over the south-eastern and north-eastern lowlands. Temperatures across Ethiopia can range from below 15ºC, over the highlands to above 25ºC in the lowlands.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

Although outdoor activities are possible all year round, the best time for hiking in Ethiopia is during the dry season, from October to June. Trekking in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia is a wonderful experience and for the best experience, try to go from September to November, just after the summer rains.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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