Page Updated: Mar 2020
Ethiopia Travel - Ethiopia is in North Eastern Africa bordering Sudan in the north and north-west, Eritrea in the north and north-east, Djibouti in the east, Somalia to the east and south east and Kenya in the south.
Ethiopia has some of the highest and most stunning mountains on the African continent - the Simien mountains, and the lowest flats - the Danakil depression. However, the most distinctive feature is the Great Rift Valley, which runs through the entire length of the country.
In Ethiopia, the 12 hour clock is sometimes used locally which may be somewhat confusing to visitors. The first time cycle starts with 'one' at 7 am and goes to 'twelve' at 6 pm. The second time cycle starts with 'one' at 7 pm and goes on to 6 am at 'twelve'. Airline schedules and most businesses work on Western time but if you are making a casual appointment to meet a local, it may be worth confirming the time as 'English' rather than Ethiopian.
Ethiopia also follows the Julian calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and a thirteenth month of 5 days ( six days in a leap year). The calendar is about eight years behind the Western (Gregorian) calendar. The Ethiopian New Year begins on the first day of the month of Meskerem, which falls on September 11th on the Gregorian calendar.
There are 2 plug configurations in Ethiopia.
Voltage: 220 V | Frequency: 50 Hz | Power sockets: Type B & E
Note, you must carry the WHO Yellow Fever certificate when travelling to Ethiopia from a country with risk of YFV transmission including transit of more than 12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.
Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers to Ethiopia at all times of year even though the risk of getting it is low if you are hunting highland areas of over 2000m above sea level. The red area indicate substantial risk of malaria.
You can apply for an Ethiopia visa online with eVisa. There are full instructions and requirements on the website.
There is also the facility to order a tourist visa online (valid for up to three months) which can be issued on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to nationals of specific nations, including the US and UK citizens.
You can apply for a tourist visa at the Embassy in person at any time during working hours. Full instructions and requirements are listed here.
Any foreigner who wishes to do professional filming of any kind in Ethiopia needs to apply for a permit in advance from the Ministry of Communications. This would include professional videographers who are hired by hunters to film their hunts.
However, Ethiopian Customs have been requesting permits from ordinary tourists for all types of video cameras entering the country, considering them to be professional filming equipment. Also carrying multiple cameras with extra lenses etc may also be considered to be professional camera equipment. Ethiopian Customs have been occasionally prohibiting individuals from bringing cameras and other equipment into the country for personal use, confiscating all their equipment. Officially the Ethiopian customs law says that you are allowed to bring in one camera with accessories.
The Bradt Travel Guide (2018) to Ethiopia is the most thorough guide available to this country rich in culture, history and dramatic scenery and has been highly praised by both travel press and readers.