Traveling to Ethiopia from Various Destinations

Traveling to Ethiopia occurs from various destinations around the world. Go Visit Ethiopia will advise you in your travel arrangements from where ever you are.

Our website offers valuable information on bookings, accommodations,local events, and additional information on traveling within the country, as well as information to get the most out of your travel experiences.Traveling to Ethiopia involves securing a visa to enter into the country.Information is available on our site to assist you in the visa application process.

Most airlines require travelers to check –in at the airport at least three hours before departure time. This is essential to confirm and hold reservations made for your flights. Later arrivals do not hold guaranteed departure.As each flight trip is unique by originationtraveling arrangements may have different departure guidelines. Departure and arrival times will also differ due to different stop-overs.

Most flights coming into Ethiopia are usually handled by Ethiopian Airlines. The airline’s schedules change frequently, so it is recommended to check for updates closer to the date of your flight arrangements.

Ethiopian Airlines offers a variety of direct flights, and is one of the best African airlines providing a large number of destinations.The Airline is the national carrier which offers international flight services from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, and the United States. It also offers an extensive domestic network undertaking passenger and cargo charter flights.

Normally air travelers arrive at Bole International Airport which is located near the center of the city. The duration of each flight may differ depending on departure, stopovers, and landing. Security and safety within the airport is given top priority. Ethiopian Airline offices are open from daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several offices are located throughout the city of Addis Ababa.

Upon your arrival to Addis Ababa, short distance and long distance buses are available for your convenience in the city. Minibuses are available for faster journey to your destination within Ethiopia. Most tourists prefer to use the minibuses due to efficiency and reasonable cost. Note: transportation costs will vary. Information is provided for your convenience.

Ethiopia lies wholly within the tropics, but its proximity to the equator is moderately influenced by the elevation of the land. As a resulttravelers to the country enjoy a pleasant climate.

Sunshine is virtually guaranteed. For the most part of the year, clear skies reign. The averagetemperature rarely exceeding 20°C (68°F). The climate over the greater part of the country is temperate.

The climate varies greatly from region to region. On the hot and humid lowland edges of western, eastern and southern Ethiopia do temperatures creep above 30°C. The Danakil Depressions in the Afar Region have a hot, dry climate producing semi-desert conditions. The sparsely populated lowlands typically have sub–tropical and tropical climates.

The climate on the northern plateau is cool, and usually the atmosphere is exceedingly clear, and objects at great distance can easily be recognized. In the central highlands such as the capital city Addis Ababa the maximum temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F) and minimum 4 °C (39.2 °F).

Ethiopia’s weather is usually sunny and dry. In most areas, rainfall occurs in two distinct seasons: The short rain season known as “belg” occurs from February to April. The big rainy season “meher” caused by the southwest monsoon, lasts from mid-June to mid-September. It is followed by the dry hot period from October to February. The rainy season is of great importance not only to Ethiopia but to the countries of the Nile valley, as the prosperity of the eastern Sudan and Egypt is largely dependent upon the rainfall.

Despite enjoyable climate and sunshine, there are visible effects of climate change in the country, and the average temperatures have been increasing at 0.3°C per decade. Higher temperatures in this region have serious impacts on food production, and the risk of disease such as malaria. There is also a known connection between rainfalland the increased frequency of drought in Ethiopia over the last two decades.

Traveling to Ethiopia will allow you and your family to experience its rich culture and customs. The country is full of history and experience, and is a delightful place to visit. When deciding to travel to Ethiopia, some basic travel guidelines will make your trip more carefree.

Travel Insurance

In case of medical needs while in Ethiopia, you need to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance company. It is expected that you pay in full after your treatment, and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore must have cash with you, or pay by credit card or bank wire transfer.

In order to get the compensation from your insurer, you must be treated by licensed medical professional who can provide you a proper documentation and receipts.Always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for any repatriation to your home country.

At the event of any medical or other emergencies, you can contact you country's local embassy in Addis Ababa.

Traveling to Ethiopia with Pets

Dogs trained to assist travelers who are sight or hearings impaired are allowed onto cabins on Ethiopian flights. The passenger must be dependent upon the dog; the dog must be harnessed and muzzled according to carrier guidelines. Usually, there are no additional fees in this situation. Prior notification is needed during booking arrangements.

Families who want to bring their house pets (dogs or cats) have several options when making travel arrangements to Ethiopia. Pets are defined in current passenger tariffs when in a carrier and accompanied by the owner. Pets can also be shipped within the cargo area of the flight carrier. Notification should also be given when making travel arrangements. Additional guidelines by carriers are available.

Traveling to Ethiopia while Pregnant

Women who are up to 32 weeks along in their pregnancy are allowed to travel to Ethiopia by providing physician documentation. If any signs of labor are present, boarding will be denied. A physician signature of release is needed within seven days of travel.

Traveling to Ethiopia with Children

Ethiopian airlines are unable to accept children under the age of five without an accompanied adult during flights. A mandatory escort is required for children five to the end of age 11. To secure a mandatory escort for children of this age, additional arrangements are required when booking flight arrangements. Specific requirements will be needed during booking, including any necessary documentation forms and additional fee requests based on carriers used.

Traveling Alone

Traveling alone can be a very interesting and rewarding experience in Ethiopia. The individual tourist may also find his stay more expensive as compared to participating in group travel. When traveling with a group, it is more feasible to split the costs of transportations, events, and so on. It may be harder to find people that are also touring the area to split costs with. The largest cost to most travelers to Ethiopia is that of transportation.