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Ethiopia

Ethiopia: At a glance

Capital: Addis Ababa

Population: 105 million

Official language: Amharic

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Ethiopia: Travel Health Information

Ethiopia is known for its natural landscapes, wildlife, vibrant cities, and cuisine. The Simien Mountains and National Park are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Africa and are home to diverse wildlife, including gelada monkeys and the Ethiopian wolf. The carved rock churches of Lalibela are also a popular tourist site.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Ethiopia may differ from your home country. Ethiopia has public and private healthcare options. The quality of care does not meet international standards. There are several public hospitals and medical centres in urban areas, but care is extremely limited in rural areas. There is a shortage of healthcare personnel and public facilities are typically equipped with out-of-date technology and experience shortages of supplies and medicines.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Ethiopia require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation – to either Western Europe or South Africa – will be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Ethiopia.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are located in urban areas but medicines are frequently in short supply or out of stock. Make sure to pack a sufficient supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Ethiopia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Ethiopia’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Many roads in Ethiopia are poorly maintained, unlit, and poorly marked. Traffic accidents are common. Seat belts are required by law for drivers and passengers of vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers.



Ethiopia: At a glance

Capital: Addis Ababa

Population: 105 million

Official language: Amharic

Time zone: East Africa Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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