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Helpful Information

Visa Requirements

No visa is required for the nationals of Kenya Djibouti, and The Sudan. In addition nationals of the following countries can easily get a visa on arrival in the airport.
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China. Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korean Republic, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America
Nationals out of the mentioned countries above may apply for a visa at the Ethiopian Diplomatic Mission Offices.

Heights and Temperatures


Region M above sea level Average annual temp. in centigrades General description
Simien & Bale Mountains 3’300 or above 10 or less cold
North & Bale Mts 2’300-3’300 10-15 cool, moderate
Addis & East 1’500-2’300 15-25 moderate
Rift Valley & South 500-1’500 20-25 warm , moderate
Afar below 500 28 or above hot

Distances in km

from to Distance
Addis Ababa Langano 205 km
Langano Arba Minch 300 km
Arba Minch Konso 85 km
Konso Jinka 160 km
Jinka Mago Park 32 km
Mago Park Murulle 95 km
Karo Kangatan 17 km
Karo Omorate 54 km
Karo Turmi 56 km
Karo Dimeka 70 km
Addis ababa Gonder 748 km
Gonder Debark 100 km
Gonder Sankaber 136 km
Debark Chenek 58 km
Debark Axum 260 km
Axum Mekele 300 km
Mekele Ahmedela 210 km
Ahmedela Dalol 36 km
Ahmedela Ertale 160 km
Ertale Aberti 206 km
Aberti Mekele 60 km
Mekele Lalibela 314 km
Lalibela Kombolcha 334 km
Kombolcha Awash 356 km
Awash Harer 270 km
Harer Nazreth 372 km
Nazreth Arba Minch 462 km
Arba Minch Jinka 250km
Jinka Mursi -Jinka 141km
Jinka Turmi 128km
Turmi Karo 160km
Turmi Arba Minch 282km
Arba Minch Addis Ababa 505km

Money Matters

Currency Information
The national currency of Ethiopia is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB), with an exchange rate of 21 to the USD (April 2016). Birr may not be imported or exported. We advise you to bring most of your funds in cash.  US Dollars, Sterling or Euros are all fine. At the airport it can be very slow to exchange money but the various banks in Addis Ababa are a good option. US Dollars, Sterling or Euros should be clean and free from rips or marks. Travelers cheque issued either by Thomas Cook or American Express can also be changed at the airport, but they can be difficult to cash anywhere else. Outside of Addis Ababa, credit cards are not accepted in most establishments, so it’s better to carry enough cash to last for a few days.
ATM availability/Credit Card Acceptance/Travellers cheques
Ethiopia has a dense network of ATMs in Addis Ababa. Credit cards, mainly Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in Addis Ababa and can be used at most ATMs, major hotels and restaurants. However they remain of little use outside the major cities. For credit card transactions you will usually be charged a service fee between 2.5 -10%. Moreover, your bank is likely to charge you a also a fee for withdrawing cash from ATMs and for using your card overseas. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your credit or debit cards will always work in Ethiopia. You need to check with your bank before departure. Please do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. Experience has shown that it is wise to withdraw a certain amount of cash upon arrival at the airport for your personal use. We can advise you on the approximate amounts of money you will need on your tour.
Extra Expenses and Spending Money
Bring extra spending money if you wish to buy local crafts such as jewelery, Ethiopian dresses, scarves, carved wooden crosses, basketwork, frankincense, Ethiopian coffee or any other local specialties.