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What language is spoken in Ethiopia?

The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic. 

Is English spoken throughout Ethiopia?

English as well as French and Arabic are spoken by many residents of the country. However, do not assume every individual you meet will be able to converse in English. 

What currency is used in Ethiopia?

The currency used throughout the country is the Ethiopian birr. Mastercard and Visa are used at top-end hotels and restaurants in tourist areas but do not expect to rely on them. ATMs will be found in the majority of larger cities within the country dispensing local currency. 

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Ethiopia?

A visa is required when travelling to Ethiopia and can be obtained before entering the country or on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. This is subject to change without warning. It is recommended that you obtain a visa prior to arrival to avoid possible complicationsTravel with a valid passport is mandatory. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Ethiopia.

When is the best time to travel to Ethiopia?

The best time to travel to Ethiopia is between October and June as this is the dry season in the country. The landscape will be lush and green while temperatures will be moderate and comfortable. 

Is there transportation within Ethiopia?

Ethiopia has many avenues for getting around the country. Between the major cities, a plane can be taken for convenience. Buses are very common for intercity travelling, while cities are also well-serviced by taxis. 

Is Ethiopia a family friendly destination?

Ethiopia may be more suited to the adventurous family, but it would definitely be the trip of a lifetime. The strong influences of Christianity and Islam are a substantial part of this country's historical significance and while not a safari destination, its varied flora and fauna are held in high esteem by nature-loving travellers.    

How welcoming is Ethiopia to LGBTQ travellers ?

Ethiopia is less accepting than some other nations in Africa when it comes to LGBTQ rights, and homosexual acts remain illegal. Conservative beliefs still prevail, All visitors should maintain an understanding of the cultural sensitivity around this issue. Discretion is recommended to all travellers regardless of orientation at sites of antiquity, as well as during day-to-day touring. 

What vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Ethiopia?

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Ethiopia, however, we recommend you consult with your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date recommendations, particularly in regard to malaria prophylactics. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.


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