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General Information

The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic (federal).

The national currency of Ethiopia is Birr (ETB).

1 ETB equals  .
equals  ETB.

Location

Ethiopia

The distance from to Ethiopia is miles or km. The estimated travel time is .

Climate and Travel Season

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Safety

According to the U.S. Department of State, it should be safe to travel to Ethiopia. Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Click here for the full travel advisory and further information by the U.S. government.

The criminality index of Ethiopia is 47. A higher number means more criminality.

Dial 911 to call the police in Ethiopia.

LGBT

Ethiopia has a score of -8 in the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index. Ethiopia ranks #159 worldwide.

Consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults is illegal and punishable by imprisonment under the law. There have been periodic detentions and interrogations of some LGBTI persons, and alleged physical abuse. Ethiopians do not generally identify themselves as LGBTI due to severe societal stigma. There are some reports of violence against LGBTI individuals; reporting is limited due to fear of retribution, discrimination, or stigmatization. There is no law prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI persons and some LGBTI activists have reported being followed and at times fearing for their safety.

Travel Vaccinations

All travelers to Ethiopia should be up-to-date on the following vaccines:

  • Measles
  • Routine vaccines

Moreover, the following travel vaccines/medicines are recommended because there is a risk of these diseases in Ethiopia:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

The following vaccines/medicines might be needed depending on where and how long you are staying. Please consult your doctor.

  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal disease)
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Yellow Fever
Visa Information

A visa might be required to travel to this country.

Make sure your passport is valid for your intended period of stay. Some countries even require your passport to be valid for six months beyond the intended date of departure.

Power Plugs

You likely need a power plug adapter in Ethiopia to use your electronic devices from .

The voltage in Ethiopia differs from the voltage in . You may need a voltage converter to be able to use your devices.

In Ethiopia, the standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The following power plugs are used:

  • Type C
  • Type E
  • Type F
  • Type L
Weather

The temperature difference between Ethiopia and is °F / °C. Make sure you pack the right clothes.

No precipitation throughout the week.

Date Temperature Humidity Precipitation
Fri November 08 53–79°F  /  12–26°C 50% 5%
Sat November 09 55–80°F  /  13–27°C 49% 5%
Sun November 10 54–80°F  /  12–27°C 50% 5%
Mon November 11 55–81°F  /  13–27°C 54% 2%
Tue November 12 54–80°F  /  12–27°C 56% 2%
Wed November 13 55–80°F  /  13–27°C 62% 7%
Thu November 14 54–78°F  /  12–26°C 67% 12%
Fri November 15 55–80°F  /  13–27°C 65% 11%

Sunrise and Sunset

The sun rises at 06:19 am and sets at 06:02 pm. This equates to 11.7 hours of daylight.

When the sun rises in Ethiopia, it is in . When the sun sets in Ethiopia, it is in .

Taxi

The average base fare for a taxi in Ethiopia is 2.00 ETB. Every kilometer costs an additional 1.00 ETB. Every hour of waiting time costs 9.00 ETB.

Car Rental

International driving permits are not recognized in Ethiopia.

The minimum driving age is 18.

Right-hand traffic, keep to the right side of the road. Keep this in mind when renting a car!

Landmarks and Activities

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Food/Drink

The price for the recommended minimum amount of food per person per day is 6.07 ETB.

The minimum age to purchase alcohol in Ethiopia is 15.

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Tipping Etiquette

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Travel Scams

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