Ethiopian Travel FAQs

  • What is the internet access like in Ethiopia?

Internet cafes can be found in cities and large towns but less so in rural and remote places.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Ethiopia?

Most nationalities require a visa for entry to Ethiopia. Please see this website to find your closest embassy or consulate: http://www.embassiesabroad. com/embassies-of/Ethiopia. If you are flying into Addis Ababa you can obtain a visa on arrival. You'll need two passport photos and approximately US$40. You may be asked for proof of a return ticket - please carry your tour notes as proof that you are leaving overland. If you are entering at any border other than Addis Ababa airport you MUST obtain your visa in advance.

  • Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Ethiopia?

Mobile phone coverage is quite good in Ethiopia's urban areas, but less so in rural, remote and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.

  • What will it cost for a...?

Cup of coffee = 10-15 ETB

Bottle of beer = 15-30 ETB

Simple lunch = 40-60 ETB

Nice dinner in a restaurant = 150-200 ETB

  • Can I drink the water in Ethiopia?

Tap water isn't considered safe for tourists to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader and accommodation provider for local advice on where drinking water can be accessed. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.

  • Are credit cards accepted widely in Ethiopia?

Credit cards are accepted only by a few large hotels in Addis Ababa as cash is the main mode of payment in Ethiopia. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.

  • What is ATM access like in Ethiopia?

There are a few ATMs that accept foreign cards in Ethiopia, mainly in Addis Ababa and other large cities. Withdrawing cash from ATMs can't necessarily be relied on, so carrying foreign currency (like US dollars) is recommended.

  • Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling in Ethiopia?

Absolutely! All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance.

  • Is tipping customary in Ethiopia?

Tipping isn't mandatory in Ethiopia but is considered polite in restaurants and bars. It's up to the individual to choose to tip or not but rounding up a bill for good service or leaving 1-2 birr is appropriate.

  • When do Public holidays celebrate in Ethiopia?
  • 7 Jan. Genna / Ethiopian Christmas
    • 19 Jan. Timket / Epiphany
    • 2 Mar. Adwa Victory Day
    • 14 Apr. Siklet /Ethiopian Good Friday
    • 16 Apr. Fasika / Ethiopian Easter
    • 1 May Labour Day
    • 5 May Arbegnoch Qen / Patriots' Victory Day
    • 28 May Dergue Downfall Day / National Holiday Day
    • 26 Jun. Id Al-Fetir / End of Ramadan
    • 11 Sep. Enkutatash / Ethiopian New Year
    • 2 Sep. Id Al-Adaha / Feast of Sacrifice
    • 27 Sep. Meskel / Discovery of the True Cross
    • 1 Dec Mewlid / The Prophet's Birthda


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