What should I know before I travel to Ethiopia?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Firstly you should probably reconsider your need to travel right now at this time due to the threat of terrorist attack against Western interests and ongoing tensions. If you do decide to travel to Ethiopia, you should exercise extreme caution. Protesters have been killed in violent demonstrations in Addis Ababa. We advise you to avoid large gatherings throughout the country as they may turn violent. You should monitor the media and other local news sources for safety information. The Australian Embassy suggests that all Australians in Ethiopia be alert to possible increasing unrest and take sensible precautions including stocking up on provisions. Credible reporting indicates that militants may be planning to conduct attacks, including cross-border kidnappings, in eastern Ethiopia. On 11 March 2013, the US Government warned that it continued to receive information indicating a kidnapping threat to Westerners along Ethiopia’s border with Somalia. Landmines are a hazard in the border areas with Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia. If travel to these regions is essential, travellers should remain on well-travelled roads.

    In the past, buses have been attacked outside Addis Ababa.

    Driving in Ethiopia can be hazardous due to poor road conditions, poorly maintained vehicles local driving practices and inadequate lighting. Pedestrians and livestock, particularly camels, are additional safety hazards. Homosexual behaviour is illegal and penalties include imprisonment.

    Permits are required for the purchase or removal of Ethiopian antiquities or animal skins and other cultural artefacts. These may include Ethiopian crosses. Permits can be processed by the export section of the Airport Customs Office.

    There are limits on the amount of precious stones and minerals that can be exported for personal use. Check with local authorities if in doubt.

    Owning ivory is illegal in Ethiopia and penalties may include confiscation of the ivory, fines or detention.

    Photography around military zones, military assets and military personnel is illegal and may result in arrest and detention. You should also obey signs prohibiting photography and refrain from taking photos if the location or infrastructure may be considered sensitive. The area around the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa should not be photographed. There are conservative standards of behaviour and dress in Ethiopia. You should take care not to offend. If in doubt, seek local advice.

    The Julian calendar is used in Orthodox Christian areas in the highlands, while Ethiopians set their clocks differently to what is customary elsewhere, resulting in significant time differences. To avoid confusion, always check bookings and appointments. take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. Health facilities are limited in Addis Ababa and inadequate in rural areas. In the event of a serious illness or accident, medical evacuation to a destination with appropriate facilities would be necessary. Medical evacuation costs would be considerable.

    Malaria is prevalent in Ethiopia, except for the capital Addis Ababa and areas above 2000 metres. Chloroquine resistant strains are prevalent in some areas. Other insect-borne diseases (including dengue fever, yellow fever, leishmaniasis, filariasis and African sleeping sickness) also occur. We encourage you to take prophylaxis against malaria where necessary and take measures to avoid insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times, wearing long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and ensuring your accommodation is mosquito proof.

    Water-borne, food-borne and other infectious diseases (including acute diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, polio, measles, tuberculosis, brucellosis and meningitis) are also prevalent with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time.

    We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before travelling, including booster doses of childhood vaccinations. We advise you to boil all drinking water or drink bottled water, avoid ice cubes and raw and undercooked food. Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water borne diseases such as bilharzia (schistosomiasis). Seek medical advice if you have a fever or are suffering from diarrhoea.

  • 4 years ago

    shuttle to Ethiopia had all started already round 3000 B.C. by technique of the Egyptians . interior the time span you factor out it would want to be the Phoenicians merchants who may do the vacationing to convey gold,feathers,ebony timber etc into the Roman Empire the position there existed a tremendous call for. Saudi Arabia - or Arabia Felix - because the Romans observed as it became allied to the Romans yet in a roundabout way ruled by technique of them. The vacation to Ethiopia may be in part by technique of sea and the the relax overland with camel caravans or donkeys. The those routes had all been established lengthy before the first era by technique of the various peoples who traded their products interior the West.

  • 8 years ago

    The people are nice.

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