The Ethiopia COVID-19-PRC-TEST for International travel

Commercial flights are operating between Ethiopia and the UK, US, as well as other European and international destinations. You should contact your airline or travel company for the latest information.

From 7 June 2021, all passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Ethiopia must validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the Africa Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which must be presented. Paper certificates will not be accepted without a digital reference code from 1 July 2021.

Ethiopia Entry and borders

See Ethiopia Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Ethiopia, including quarantine measures.

Travel in Ethiopia

Travel to the airport. You should arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled departure time. You will need a printed copy of your itinerary, e-ticket or boarding pass in order to be allowed to enter the airport terminal. You should check whether you need a negative COVID-19 test to travel to your destination; this may be requested before your departure. You should comply with all local restrictions.

Packing for the Weather in Ethiopia

The conditions in Ethiopia can be very different depending on the region and the season.

Summers are quite wet in much of the country, with June, July, and August experiencing bouts of heavy rainfall. People visiting Ethiopia in summer are advised to bring an umbrella and waterproof clothing.

The altitude of the region is a big factor in what clothes to wear. Parts of the country are almost tropical at around 30°C, while higher elevations can be a little chilly at 10-16°C.

The mountains are particularly cold at night, so visitors staying in these regions should dress to keep warm.

What Should I Pack for Ethiopia?

When traveling to Ethiopia, it is advisable to pack cool, comfortable clothes, since temperatures are high in lowland areas most of the time.

On the other hand, visitors who plan to go up into the Ethiopian highlands, for example to the Simien Mountains National Park, should be prepared for cooler weather and bring extra layers.

When considering what to pack for Ethiopia, the following items of clothing are essential:

  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight walking shoes or sneakers
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved tops (made from light fabrics)
  • Travel jacket with plenty of pockets
  • Sweaters or a fleece
Ethiopia Packing Lists for Women and Men

The following items are essential on any woman’s Ethiopia packing list:

  • Long skirt
  • Long dresses
  • Loose-fitting trousers
  • Sarong or Pashina

Women are advised to keep their shoulders and knees covered, particularly in Muslim areas. Sleeveless tops and shorts are not considered acceptable in Ethiopia.

Men should wear the following items while in Ethiopia: Shirts, Long trousers

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