Travel Information (What Visitors to Ethiopia Need to Know)

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Ethiopia, the oldest uncolonized nation in Africa, is a land of stunning natural beauty and untapped resources, covering an area twice the size of Kenya, France or Texas. A rich diversity of culture and geography that will captivate the visitor.

The welcome that comes from the mosaic of a people with over 80 different languages and as many cultures. Africa has opened up Ethiopia to new generation of tourists, to whom a visit to the land of the Sheba, the birthplace of the Blue Nile and the “Cradle of mankind” was previously just a dream.

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Duty free import are permitted for up to:

200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or ½ Ib of tobacco

1 liter of alcoholic beverages

½ liter, or two bottles, or performance

Visitors may export souvenirs with a value not exceeding Birr 500.00, although some articles (such as animals skins and antiques)   required a export permit.

Roads: There are some 4,100 Kilometers of asphalt road with a further 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry- weather road.

Roads: There are some 4,100 Kilometers of asphalt road with a further 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry- weather road.

Railway: A 778 kilometers long railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.    

Ethiopian is in the GMT +3 hour’s time zone. Ethiopian follows the Julian Calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and 13th  month of 5 or 6 days in the leap year.

The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr made up of 100 cents. Visitor may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized bank and hotels. The currency declaration form must be retained as this will be required by customs on departure, visitors however, will be able to change back a  excess Ethiopian Birr to foreign currency at the airport before departure.

Roads: There are some 4,100 Kilometers of asphalt road with a further 19,000 kilometers of gravel and dry- weather road.

There are two seasons: the dry seasons prevails from October through may; the west seasons runs from June to September.

Ethiopian has an elevated central  plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and center, of the country,  there are some, 2 mountain whose peaks rise over 4000 meters.

About 90 percent of the population earns their living from the land, mainly as subsistence farmers, Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principal exports from the sector are coffee oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals.

Ethiopian a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of language spoke in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic , Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken.

Ethiopian uses 220 volts 50 cycles AC.

The population is estimated at 57 million, over 50 percent of who are under 20 years old. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometer is 49.

Excursions with in Ethiopian whether for a day or for a month, may be organized by our Agency the Caravan Travel  and Tour Agency.

Addis Ababa has hotels for all pockets, from the luxurious Sheraton and Hilton hotels to the tourist class hotels.