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Infectious Diseases of Working Horses and Donkeys – a Havemeyer Foundation Workshop

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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.

Health Information

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

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:

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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