COVID-19: Entry Requirements for Travellers to Ethiopia

21 Oct 2020

Amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, new health guidelines have been put in place for all travellers entering Ethiopia.

As per Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Directive 30/2020 issued for the “Prevention and Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic”, effective immediately:

 

All travellers:

  • All travellers, over the age of ten, arriving at international airports are required to provide a certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no later than five days (120 hours) prior to arrival in Ethiopia. After temperature and other possible COVID-19 symptoms have been checked by the Airport’s health control desk, travellers are required register their addresses with authorities and self-quarantine at home for seven days.
  • Travellers showing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be taken to one of the temporary government-designated isolation centres for further checks, in accordance with the COVID-19 medical manual prepared by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute.
  • Any person who is positive with COVID-19 is prohibited from entering the country.

Transit Passengers:

  • Short-stay transit passengers will neither be allowed to leave the airport nor enter the city.
  • Passengers transiting for more than 24 hours can opt to self-quarantine at a transit hotel designated by Ethiopian Airlines. During this period, transit passengers are not permitted to leave the hotel nor mix with the general public.

Ethiopian Returnees:

  • Ethiopian returnees are required to consult with their nearest Ethiopian Embassy or Consulate before planning their trip to Ethiopia. This is to help returnees obtain the correct information about getting tested at the country of origin.
  • Returnees arriving at international airports are required to provide a certificate of negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no later than five days (120 hours) prior to arriving in Ethiopia.
  • Returnees who cannot provide a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and will be required to register their addresses with the authorities and self-quarantine at home until the results of the test are known.
    • If the result is negative, the returnee will be expected to continue to self-quarantine until they have completed a full seven-days at home.
    • If the test is positive, the returnee will receive appropriate follow-up care in accordance with the COVID-19 medical manual.

Land border arrivals:

  • Land border travellers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no later than five days (120 hours) prior to arrival in Ethiopia, not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will have their temperatures taken and are required to self-quarantine at home for seven days.
  • Travellers with no COVID-19 RT-PCR test will be screened on arrival for any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If the traveller shows no symptoms, they will be required to self-quarantine at home for fourteen days.
    • Travellers showing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be taken to one of the temporary government-designated isolation centres for further checks and follow-up care in accordance with the COVID-19 medical manual.
      • Persons taken to the isolation centres will be required to give a sample for RT-PCR testing. If this is not possible, a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), approved by the Ethiopian Food and Drug Administration, will be used as an alternative. Appropriate follow up care will be provided after test results have been determined.

Diplomats:

Diplomats without a certificate of negative RT-PCR test taken no later than five days (120 hours) prior to arrival are required to self-quarantine at home for fourteen days.

Transportation of Human Remains:

  • Any human remains sent to Ethiopia from abroad must be accompanied by a death certificate indicating the cause of death.
  • The family of the deceased or any person responsible for collecting the remains from abroad must nothave any contact with the corpse or the coffin.
  • Families of the deceased have a duty to take the remains directly to the burial site after the remains have been received from abroad.

 

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