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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Ethiopia
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Ethiopia
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Somali region and areas bordering Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
• Who needs to test + type of test and timeframe?
- All travellers arriving in Ethiopia must present a negative PCR test certificate not older than 120 hours before their departure flight. A rapid diagnostic test (RDT) is not accepted.
- All diplomatic (including UN and African Union) passport holders, as well as their immediate family members, are advised but not required to have a negative PCR certificate before arrival in Ethiopia. However those without a negative PCR certificate are subject to quarantine (See quarantine section).
- Travellers arriving via land borders are also required to provide a negative PCR test taken within five days of travel.
- All incoming travellers must produce a digital negative COVID-19 test result at all ports of entry based on the African Union's Trust Guidelines and the UN-sponsored Global Haven Program. Travellers leaving Ethiopia must present a negative COVID-19 test with Trusted Travel (TT) codes that can be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities. The existing paper-based COVID-test certificate will be invalid from 1 July.
- The AU TT requirement applies to both categories of travellers – those travelling within Africa and those travelling from countries where there are labs integrated into the TT system. Travellers coming from outside Africa and from places where laboratories have not currently integrated into the TT system should use the Global Haven Platform.

• Exemptions
- The PCR test requirement does not apply to travellers transiting through Addis Ababa. Maximum transit time - 72 hours.
- Children ten years of age or younger are exempt from the PCR test certificate requirement.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
- Travellers with valid PCR test certificate are not required to quarantine on arrival.
- Those who arrive Ethiopia without negative PCR test result (including diplomatic staff) must quarantine for 14 days.
(Until further notice)
Other
Upon arrival, all travellers will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.
(Until further notice)
Transit
Passengers transiting for 24 hours or less can remain in the departure lounge of the airport. For transits over 24 hours, you will be taken to a designated transit hotel for the duration of your stay. On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you should report to the transit desk to confirm your hotel details. After health screening and immigration you will then need to present your hotel details and passport to the desk marked “transit shuttle bus” from where you will be taken to the hotel. You will not be able to leave the hotel during your transit.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Some non-essential businesses such as bars and nightclubs remain closed.
(Until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
Facemasks must be worn at all times.

• Gatherings
Public gatherings of more than 50 people must be authorised by the relevant local authorities.
(Until further notice)
Penalties
Authorities have stated that failure to comply with COVID-19 health precautions, such as a wearing a mask, may lead to up to three years imprisonment.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Ethiopia

COVID-19 information for Ethiopia

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The travel risk environment in Ethiopia is diverse and threats vary widely by location. Crime levels in the country, including against international assignees, are low by regional standards. Large-scale protests and social unrest occur sporadically, though all demonstrations should be avoided due to the credible risk of violence.

Security risks are considerably heightened in border and remote areas; these include attacks by bandits and the abduction of foreign nationals. Militant groups, including the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), primarily operate in rural areas and have in the past targeted government interests and personnel, and more rarely, foreign interests. There is also a latent threat of attacks by Somali militants, potentially in collusion with transnational groups such as al-Shabab. Tensions along the border with Eritrea remain high and are the main potential source of external conflict. Isolated incidents in the border area could rapidly escalate into wider clashes and increased military posturing.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Ethiopia
CholeraOral vaccination is recommended for travellers
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Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Meningitis - meningococcalVaccination with the quadrivalent vaccine
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PolioAll travellers are recommended to be fully
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverEthiopia is a country with a risk of yellow fever
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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