Visa and Immigration Procedures to Ethiopia
Passengers visiting Ethiopia fall into three categories. The first category includes citizens of most European countries, plus Canada and Mexico, who are issued an e-visa upon arrival to Ethiopia. In the second category, there are several Asian countries whose citizens can purchase a visa on arrival. A visa to Ethiopia is not required for holders of Kenyan and Djiboutian passports. A tourist visa is issued for 30 days. The visa can also be obtained at embassies of Ethiopia worldwide.
Things/Items Allowed into Ethiopia
Travelers to Ethiopia may bring in 400 individual cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco as well as 2 liters of alcoholic beverages.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Ethiopia
Things/Items Forbidden into Ethiopia
Voice of Travelers to Ethiopia
Visiting Ethiopia with an onward ticket
I traveled on an onward ticket from Nairobi through Ethiopia to Djibouti. I purchased the ticket with Air Ethiopia . While the ticket was quite expensive, I preferred this option instead of a return direct ticket from Nairobi to Djibouti City, so that I can visit Ethiopia. I bought the ticket from an online ticket agency. I was able to spend several days touring Addis Ababa and its many churches. Air Ethiopia offered great service, and good food was included in the price of the airfare ticket as well as the transfers from and to the airport in Bolivia. I can say that I fell in love with Ethiopia. With a direct ticket to Djibouti City this would not have been possible. I am more than happy that I wasn't counting money when I decided for this airfare ticket which allowed me to discover Ethiopia.
Visiting Ethiopia for a conference
I visited Ethiopia last year for a conference that took place in Addis Ababa. I was invited, so all my costs were covered by the Institute of Forensic Medicine who had asked me to be their keynote speaker. Thanks to this invitation, I was able to discover first class service aboard the American Airlines flight from Miami, since the institute booked a first class ticket for me. This return ticket was probably quite pricey, but I really enjoyed the services. Only one event tarnished the otherwise perfect trip, and that was the cancellation of my flight ticket on the way back - the ticket was rebooked on a later date due to some technical issues at the airport in Ethiopia. If my situation allows, I would love to return to Ethiopia, and I might once again book my ticket for the premier class.
Ethiopia Travel FAQs
Q. Do people in Ethiopia speak English?
A. While there are several hundreds of native languages spoken in Ethiopia, the official language of Ethiopia is Amharic. English is widely spoken in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba. It is also the main language in the tourist areas of Ethiopia.
Q. How safe it traveling around Ethiopia?
A. Generally speaking, Ethiopia is a very safe country. Of course, small robberies may happen as petty thieves and pickpockets often operate at open markets and around the hotels. Cities in Ethiopia are more prone to crime than the countryside. Rather than security, health issues are the common problems that tourists sometimes encounter. One of the main issues in Ethiopia is the altitude sickness. Make sure you drink plenty of water and get a lot of rest.
Ethiopia - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toAddis Ababa Bole International Airport・Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport
・Frankfurt International Airport
・Dubai International Airport
Flight Routes to Ethiopia
Direct flights to Ethiopia are operated from the African continent (Cairo, Khartoum), as well as a number of countries in Asia, including Qatar and UAE. Ethiopian Airlines is the national carrier of Ethiopia, operating international flights to America and Asia. Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa is the main hub for Ethiopian Airlines with flights to most capitals of Africa. Other major airlines that operate flights to Ethiopia include Lufthansa, Sudan Airways, Kenya Airways, British Airways, KLM, Turkish Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air, Egypt Air and Fly Dubai.