Infectious Diseases of Working Horses and Donkeys – a Havemeyer Foundation Workshop
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - November 18 - 22, 2013
Ethiopia Travel Information
US State Dept Web site
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Nationals of 33 countries receive one-month visas (US$20) at Bole International Airport. These include USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe. We would recommend that you get your visa in advance rather than at the airport in order to avoid a sometimes lengthy wait.
Ethiopian embassies abroad charge up to US$63 for visas, and usually require an onward air ticket (or a visa for the next country you’re visiting), a yellow-fever vaccination certificate and proof of sufficient funds. African Ethiopian embassies are less strict.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Money & costs
Ethiopia’s currency is the birr. It’s divided into 100 cents in 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins, and there are 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 birr notes. The birr is one of Africa’s most stable currencies.
According to National Bank of Ethiopia regulations, all bills in Ethiopia must be paid in birr. But this isn’t enforced and Ethiopian Airlines, most major hotels, most travel agencies and even the Department of Immigration accept US currency.
One regulation that’s strictly enforced is the conversion of birr to US dollars or euros; this transaction can only be done for people holding onward air tickets from Ethiopia.
ATM’s can be found in many parts of the country, and are fairly widely available in Addis Ababa.
As with many African countries the US dollar is the preferred foreign currency in Ethiopia and although the euro is growing in popularity not all banks will accept it
Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are widely accepted in Addis Ababa but have limited value elsewhere in the country.
Tourism in Ethiopia
Should you decide to extend your stay, there are many amazing opportunities for sight-seeing in Ethiopia, both within the capital and beyond. If you can make the time you really want to at least spend a few more days in this amazing and friendly country if you can. A short list of “must-see” locations can be found at: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ethiopia/sights
Travel within the country may be best done using the excellent services of Ethiopian Airlines, combined with local taxis at your destination point.
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