Travel Advisory

30 Mar 2020

With the safety and wellbeing of Ethiopians, as well as travellers to Ethiopia, the Government’s top priority, a number of measures have been introduced as part of efforts to control the spread of coronavirus.

Since the outbreak, the Government, the Ministry of Health, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, the emergency services and other partner institutions have been working round the clock to ramp up Ethiopia’s response.

As of 23rd March, all passengers entering Ethiopia have been subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at government-designated hotels and facilities, at the passengers’ own personal cost. Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies.

The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit passengers. Transit passengers on a connecting flight will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until taking their connecting flight.

…Closure of borders

Ethiopia’s land borders have also been closed as of 23rd March. The restrictions do not apply to the movement of essential goods.

…Ethiopian Airlines

On 29th March, Ethiopian Airlines announced the suspension of flights to more than 80 international destinations due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

At the time of publishing, flights from London Heathrow and Manchester Airports into Addis Ababa are still operating.

Domestic services are still running, though demand has fallen by 50%.

For any queries about flights or for updated information on refunds and re-booking and a detailed list of Country travel restrictions that are in place please check the Ethiopian Airlines website at https://bit.ly/EthiopianAirlinesCOVID19, which is being regularly updated. For the latest Ethiopian Airlines UK updates, go to http://bit.ly/EAL-UKupdates.

…information for British nationals

As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. British nationals living in the UK who are currently travelling in Ethiopia or abroad, are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

For further information and additional advice, visit https://bit.ly/FCOxEthiopia.

For the latest updates on the situation in Ethiopia, visit https://www.ephi.gov.et. You can also call the Ethiopian COVID-19 helplines on 8335 or 952 for advice or if you are experiencing symptoms while in Ethiopia.

…visas for Ethiopia

Until further notice, the Embassy’s Consular Section will only be providing essential services. Travellers to Ethiopia who require visas are advised to apply online at www.evisa.gov.et or on arrival at Bole International Airport. The Embassy will no longer be issuing routine visas.

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