Ethiopia Travel Alerts and Warnings

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How are COVID-19 restrictions affecting travel to Ethiopia? Find out about quarantine, testing requirements and local measures that are in place.


Men carrying recycled goods at "Mercato Market" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Photo © Getty Images/Jakob Polacsek

Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Ethiopia – updated 8 October, 2020

Ethiopia's borders are open, and there are restrictions in place for arrivals.

  • Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative PCR COVID-19 test result that has been issued no more than 5 days (120 hours) prior to arrival. Arrivals are subject to 7 days mandatory self-isolation
  • If you do not have the required medical certificate, you will be quarantined for 14 days and tested for COVID-19
  • Travelers can choose from a list of designated hotels that have been selected by authorities for quarantine, and costs are covered by passengers.

Contact your airline to see if there are further requirements onboard a flight to Ethiopia, and restrictions on who can enter or board a flight may be imposed at short notice. Ethiopia Airlines has listed detailed entry requirements and procedures.

A nationwide state of emergency was in place from 8 April until 8 September. The state of emergency was not renewed, however restrictions remain in place, including limits on gathering sizes and the mandatory wearing of face masks in public.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Previous travel alerts for Ethiopia

Ongoing cholera outbreak in Ethiopia – February 2020

Recurrent outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia have resulted in the deaths of 76 people and infected thousands of others since April 2019.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute reports that the outbreak has been particularly severe in the Somali, Southern and Oromia regional states of the country.

Other regions affected by the outbreak include Tigray, Amhara, Harar, and the capital, Addis Ababa.

What is cholera?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the cholera bacterium is usually found in water or food sources that have been contaminated by feces from a person infected with cholera and is unlikely to spread directly from one person to another. An outbreak is most likely to spread in places with poor sanitation, water treatment, and inadequate hygiene.

What are the symptoms?

Severe cases of cholera are characterized by watery diarrhea and vomiting, which, if left untreated, lead to rapid loss of body fluids and dehydration. 

How to avoid cholera

If you are traveling to Ethiopia soon, exercise high levels of personal hygiene. Speak to your travel doctor before you depart to see if a cholera vaccine is recommended.

If you get diarrhea, monitor your health closely and do not let it go untreated for too long – extreme cases can be deadly. Be extra cautious of where you eat, and only drink boiled or purified water. Say no to ice cubes in drinks.

Carry hand sanitizer, and wash your hands whenever you can.

Only eat food that is packaged or that has been freshly cooked and is served hot. Avoid fruit or vegetables that cannot be peeled, and don't eat raw salads.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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