Travel advice for Ethiopia .

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Ethiopia .

Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card


  • Swiss Bankers Travel is partly accepted.

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in US Dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency

Local currency / ISO Code

Birr ETB

Further Information

Credit cards


  • Credit cards are rarely accepted. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Time difference with Switzerland

+ 2 h / + 1 h during our summer time

National language

Official language


Language capabilities

English and Italian


Addis Abeba

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)


220 volt / adapter recommended

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport valid for 6 months or more with visa, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds (at least USD 50.00/day).
Exit permit required for stays of more than 30 days.
Extension available on site.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Addis Abeba, Old Airport/Higher 24, Kebele 13
Tel. +251 11 371 11 07 / +251 11 371 05 77 / +251 11 371 04 83

Opening hours


8.00 - 11.00 h and 13.00 - 15.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)


8.00 - 12.00 h and 13.00 - 16.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)

  • International driver's license required.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 25 (varies by rental company).

  • Land travel from Ethiopia to Djibouti is not advised due to the risk of accidents, assault or robbery.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Year-round risk of malaria throughout the country.

  • Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information


Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Individual journeys not advised.
Observe elementary safety precautions.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Risk of mine exists in many parts of the country.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.

Special legal regulations

Photographing persons wearing an uniform, military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

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While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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