Addis Ababa Bole International Airport FAQs
Common Questions from Customer like you
The first steps in planning a vacation to Ethiopia are figuring out how to travel there and obtaining entry permission.
Flights at a low cost are relatively easy to acquire by. Ethiopian Airlines, the country’s national airline, offers low-cost flights to and from destinations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is also increasing the number of flights it offers to the United States and other Asian countries.
Flight prices vary based on where the tourist departs from, which airline they choose, and which class they fly in.
In addition to the cost of the flight, tourists must pay a minor price for an Ethiopia visa in order to enter the country.
Visas are required for citizens of practically every country in the world to visit the East African country. Most nations can get one by filling out an Ethiopia online visa application form, which only takes a few minutes.
When it comes to how far in advance you may check in and when check-in closes in Addis Ababa, it varies depending on the airline you’re flying with, so always double-check on their website. Arrive at Addis Ababa at least two hours before your scheduled departure time for a shorthaul flight and three hours before your scheduled departure time for a longhaul flight.
Even if you have checked in online, you should still give plenty of time to drop off your bags, acquire boarding tickets if necessary, and get to your gate.
Foreign currency can be carried into Ethiopia in any amount, but it must be declared.
Travelers in Ethiopia may pay a variety of rates depending on where they stay. In major cities, such as Addis Ababa, hotels and hostels are more expensive than guest rooms in rural areas.
The type of lodging is also a consideration, with B&Bs and guesthouses being the most cost-effective, and hotels ranging from budget to high-end. The following are some prices to think about:
- In a guesthouse, a double room can be had for as little as 300 birr (USD$12.70) each night.
- Single hotel rooms cost about 690 birr (USD$18.65) per night on average.
- The average cost of a double hotel room is 1,378 birr (USD$37.20).
- Hotels in the mid-range vary from $50 to $70 per night.
- The cost of a night at a luxury resort or lodge might range from $100 to $200 or even more.
Allow extra time for check-in, security screening, and boarding to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
Early arrivals are suggested due to some significant security checkpoint wait times. We recommend checking in at least 3 hours before to your flight’s departure time.
- Try to travel light for your own sake.
- Wear loose clothing and natural fiber elasticated stockings.
- Increase your water intake and only drink alcohol in moderation if absolutely necessary.
To keep your skin from drying out, use a moisturizing moisturizer.
- To avoid your feet swelling up on the plane, remove your shoes or wear shoes that can accommodate expanding ankles.
- During the flight, stay away from big meals.
- Circulation is greatly improved by taking short walks every two hours.
- When you’re waiting in the aisle, try to touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings.
- Have a hot shower or a soothing bath when you arrive at your location.
- A fast jog, brisk stroll, or thorough scrub will help increase your circulation when you arrive.
NOTE: These information is provided for informational reasons only and do not constitute a binding contract. As a result, any information on this site is subject to change at any time, with or without warning. Ethiopian Airlines is not responsible for any of these modifications. Ethiopian maintains the right to interpret and apply these rules and practices in its own discretion. Ethiopian interpretations and applications shall be final and conclusive in each matter.
- Passengers traveling to South Africa with a kid Traveling into or out of South Africa for children under the age of 18 requires the consent of both parents, as well as the presentation of a full birth certificate at a port of entry. Please see the following link for more information: http://www.southafrica.info/travel/documents/visas.htm#.VuHQcnOvDqC
- Minors traveling to South Africa are accepted. If the child is traveling alone or with only one parent, an affidavit signed by the missing parent or parents is required. Please see the link below for more information. Click Here to see the detail rule
- Click here to see the parental consent Affidavit
Yes, Ethiopian receives baggage from connecting passengers on other flights. If the connecting passenger’s luggage is not delivered by the delivering carrier, the connecting passenger shall be informed via a slip made for this purpose that their luggage has not been delivered to Ethiopian and that they should not anticipate to arrive at their final destination.
Regardless of their original reservation status, all paying passengers who have checked-in and accepted for travel on a delayed flight are eligible for the compensation program, which includes the following:
- Depending on the length of the delay, snacks and phone calls will be provided.
- Meals will be served during regular meal times.
- Local joining resident travelers may not be offered hotel accommodations. However, if transportation aid is required, it may be provided.
Economy promotional, semi-flex flights, and Cloud9 limited tickets all have a rebooking cost, which can be seen in the fare conditions when choosing a price. Changing your ticket is free for economy full flex and cloude9 deluxe price classes.
Please contact ET Global’s customer service department or your favorite travel agency.
Any scheduled passenger flight that departs or arrives late due to mechanical, operational, or other reasons is referred to as a delayed flight. When weather, strike, sudden airport closure, or political situation cause a delay, cancellation, or disruption, Ethiopian Airlines has no control over it.
- All passengers will be notified of any schedule changes, delays, or cancellations as soon as possible after they have left their home or hotel. If they are already at the airport, they will be informed at check-in or at the gate with an apology. Please take care to provide us with accurate contact information.
- If the delay continues and reliable information is unavailable (due to the nature and reason of the delay), the airline agent will contact passengers and keep them updated on the situation. Technology, such as SMS, updating content on the website, and so on, could be used to support information counsel.
- Call our central reservation office at +251 11 665 6666 for up-to-the-minute flight information.
- Ethiopian Airlines will send a free message to one of their relatives at the place of stopover or destination for all departing and transit customers. (Please see the table below for compensation for flights that are delayed or cancelled.)
- Passengers will be informed of the situation every 15 minutes beginning 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
- If there is a delay of more than 2 hours, refreshment will be provided. If, on the other hand, the departure time is near to breakfast, lunch, or supper, the appropriate meal will be served.
You can adjust your travel dates whenever you want. If you want to postpone your flight, you can do so by going to Ethiopian Airlines’ official website. If a passenger purchased a ticket through a third party, such as an agent, it is highly advised that the traveler contact them and request the modifications.
You have various options for changing your Ethiopian Airlines ticket. If you want to modify it online, go to their official website and edit your booking from the “Manage booking” section, or send an email to customer service. If you prefer to make the adjustments offline, use the toll-free number +1-855-284-6735. If you purchased your ticket through a travel agency, you can simply inform him of your requirements and request that he make the necessary changes.
If you don’t like your seat and want to change it, go to the website and click on the “Select or change seat” option to select the seat of your choice. The seats, on the other hand, would be provided based on availability and a variety of other factors.
Without any inconvenience, Ethiopian Airlines reservations can be simply changed online. There may be various reasons why a passenger is unable to modify his or her ticket online. Make certain you’re on the correct webpage. Enter your information and make the adjustments you desire; certain airlines do not accept revisions to particular tickets, and this is explicitly stated throughout the checkout process.
If you cancel your Ethiopian Airlines flight within 24 hours of its scheduled departure, you will be charged a price ranging from $100 to $400 as an Ethiopian Airlines cancellation fee. After canceling your flight ticket, you can also seek a cancellation.
Click “Select or Change Seat” after entering your sex (if not already entered) and the sector of the flight you’d like to check-in for right now. You can modify your seat on the following screen, which was given to you when you booked your travel.
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that now flies nonstop between Addis Ababa and the United States. They fly to Chicago (ORD) and Washington (DCA) on a seasonal basis (IAD).
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that flies nonstop from Addis Ababa to Europe at the moment. They fly year-round to Vienna (VIE), Frankfurt (FRA), Geneva (GVA), Dublin (DUB), Stockholm (Arlanda) (ARN), London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN), Athens (ATH), Milan (Malpensa) (MXP), Rome (Fiumicino) (FCO), Brussels (BRU), and Paris (BRU). They fly seasonally to Manchester (MAN), Athens (ATH), Milan (Malpensa) (MXP (CDG).
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that flies nonstop from Addis Ababa to South America at the moment. They fly to So Paulo all year (GRU).
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that currently flies nonstop from Addis Ababa to Toronto. They fly to Toronto on a seasonal basis (YYZ).
Ethiopian Airlines (Star Alliance) maintains a large nonstop network to the Middle East.
Seasonal flights to Bahrain Island (BAH), year-round flights to Tel Aviv (TLV), seasonal flights to Amman (AMM), year-round flights to Kuwait City (KWI), Beirut (BEY), Muscat (MCT), Doha (DOH), seasonal flights to Dammam (DMM), Jeddah (JED), Riyadh (RUH), year-round flights to Istanbul (IST) and Dubai (DXB) (DXB).
Ethiopian Airlines is now the only airline serving India and Southern Asia nonstop from Addis Ababa. They travel to Bengaluru (BLR) on a seasonal basis, and to Mumbai (BOM) and New Delhi all year (DEL).
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that currently flies nonstop from Addis Ababa to Beijing. They travel to Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), and Guangzhou (CAN) on a seasonal basis, and to Shanghai all year (PVG).
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that flies nonstop from Addis Ababa to Eastern Asia at the moment. They fly to Seoul all year (ICN).
Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline that flies nonstop from Addis Ababa to South-East Asia at the moment. They fly to Jakarta (CGK), Singapore (SIN), and Bangkok (BKK) on a seasonal basis (BKK).
Normal pregnant cases are accepted on domestic and international flights up to 28 weeks without the necessity for medical permission from the attending doctor. However, expectant mothers must fill out a pregnancy certificate and provide it at the time of check-in or boarding.
- The expectant mother must fill out a pregnancy certificate form, which can be found here.
- After 28 weeks, a medical clearance utilizing a pregnancy certificate will be necessary, which will be filled out by the attending doctor.
- The attending doctor must fill out a pregnancy certificate form, which can be found here.
- Domestic and short-flight trips with a flight time of less than 2 hours are permissible till 36 weeks.
- International flights of more than 2 hours are permitted until 34 weeks if the traveler has received medical confirmation.
- Expectant moms should be gently encouraged to disclose information about their pregnancy’s progress, confinement time, projected delivery complications, or past multiple births. If the expectant mother appears to be in good health and has no pregnancy issues based on this information, she will usually be allowed without ET medical clearance.
- If the expected confinement time is less than four (4) weeks, or if there is uncertainty about the pregnancy’s progress or confinement time, or if there have been previous multiple births, or if complications in delivery are expected, such clearance should be issued within seven (7) days of the start of travel.
NOTE: Before 28 weeks, medical clearance (a form to be filled out by the attending doctor) and approval are not required. After 28 weeks, a medical clearance from the attending physician is required. Travel is authorized until 36 to 34 weeks, depending on the length of the journey.
Only complex and rare pregnancies require medical permission from ET medical services.
Unaccompanied Minors are children between the ages of 5 and 11 who travel alone on Ethiopian or another airline. Escort service is required for unaccompanied youngsters aged 5 to 11 going on a code share aircraft, but it is optional for Ethiopian flights and is only provided when the guardian requests particular care.
If particular attention is required by the youth’s parents or guardians, Ethiopians regard youth between the ages of 12 and 17 to be unattended minors. There is no need for escort and service charge payment for a youngster aged 12 to 17 unless extra attention is required if the aircraft is operated by Ethiopian Airlines, that is if the flight is not a code sharing flight.
If, on the other hand, the aircraft is not operated by Ethiopian Airlines, but rather is a code sharing flight operated by another airline, the minor aged 12 to 17 must pay the adult fare plus a USD 100 service fee. Even on code-share flights, however, escort service is not required unless extra care is requested for this age group.
All Ethiopian aircraft will not allow unaccompanied youngsters under the age of five (5) years unless they are accompanied by a family member.
Unaccompanied youngsters between the ages of 5 and the end of 11 years can select for a company escort (cabin staff) on Ethiopian Airlines’ internal and international routes (Non codeshare flights).
Ethiopian can provide an escort on both domestic and international journeys for an additional fee.
Prior to the issuing of the ticket, the customer must complete an Unaccompanied Minor Form with the full names, addresses, and phone numbers of all responsible persons who will be responsible at the origin, intermediate (if a transfer is involved), and destination stations.
If a parent or guardian cannot be found to receive the kid at the transfer site and no escort service is requested, Ethiopian will assist in finding a suitable custodian without accepting any responsibility. This type of custodianship agreement is only for children who are 12 or older.
For the transportation of unaccompanied kids on international routes, the following fares apply.
Age group (Year)
|Applicable Fare||Service Fee||Company Escort|
|International Route||Domestic Route>|
|5 to End of 11 years||Adult fare||Mandatory at USD100.00 |
|Mandatory at ETB200.00 |
|12 to end of 17 years||Adult fare||Optional||Optional||Optional|
If escort is required for children aged 5 to 11, the applicable fee is Child Fare + One Way Adult Fare for Escort + Service Charge.
If additional treatment is necessary, youth aged 12 to 17 will pay USD 100.00 one way.
|Age group |
|Applicable Fare||Company Escort |
|Company Escort |
|5 to End of 11 years||Adult fare + service fee |
|Mandatory||One way adult fare|
|12 to End of 17 years||Adult fare + service fee|
Unaccompanied minors between the ages of 5 and the end of 11 years will be accepted for domestic transit with Company escort if they pay one way adult fare plus ETB 200 service fee. Unaccompanied minors aged 12 to 18 can travel without an escort by completing out a UM form and paying a service fee of ETB 200. (Please contact here for further details.)
NOTE: These pages are provided for informational reasons only and do not constitute a binding contract. As a result, any information on this site is subject to change at any time, with or without warning. Ethiopian Airlines is not responsible for any of these modifications. Ethiopian maintains the right to interpret and apply these rules and practices in its own discretion. Ethiopian interpretations and applications shall be final and conclusive in each matter.
Public transportation is the most cost-effective mode of transportation in Ethiopia. Traveling by bus or train is inexpensive. The bus from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to the city center, for example, costs less than a dollar.
When using exclusively local public transportation, travelers are unlikely to spend more than $10 a day.
Domestic flights between cities are frequently used by tourists who want to explore as much of the country as possible. This is a fantastic method to save time and money; the journey from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes only 1 hour and tickets start at roughly $78 one way.
Tourists with a larger budget may opt to hire a private driver, which has the advantage of allowing them to construct a tailored, flexible itinerary while also learning about the nation from an expert guide. Typically, such services cost around $100 per day.
Food prices in Ethiopia, like everything else, can fluctuate. Travelers who eat the majority of their meals in restaurants will pay more than those who eat street food or shop at local markets and supermarkets.
Because the average cost of food in Ethiopia is lower than in most developed nations, most visitors will have to spend less of their budget on it.
- Typical cuisine in a local eatery for just $5
- A meal with drinks in a midrange restaurant should set diners back no more than $10
- Fine dining at a top restaurant is possible from $15 to $20.
Travelers spend about 290 Ethiopian birr (ETB) per day on food on average. This is roughly $7.85 in US dollars.
This reflects the fact that the cost of living in Ethiopia is comparatively low.
Ethiopian cuisine is diverse and exciting, ranging from traditional local delicacies to cutting-edge international cuisine.
The cost of alcoholic beverages in Ethiopia varies depending on the type and location of purchase.
A liter of domestic beer on tap at a pub or restaurant costs between USD$0.50 and $1.20 on average, with the average being about $1.00. Imported beer is frequently more expensive, costing between $0.75 and $1.00 per liter bottle.
Some businesses, such as high-end hotels, may charge a higher rate.
A liter bottle of domestic beer costs roughly USD$0.73 in supermarkets and shops, whereas foreign beer costs around USD$1.18.
The average traveler spends about ETB137 ($3.70) per day on booze.
In Ethiopia, tips are highly valued and can be a welcome addition to the country’s frequently meager earnings. It’s a good idea to keep a few smaller birr notes on hand for advice.
Although there are no hard and fast laws, the following suggestions are helpful.
Gratuities for tour guides and drivers
It is appropriate to leave $10 per person per day when employing the services of a professional driver or guide while traveling in a large group, slightly more if traveling in a small group.
A 10% tip is customary while dining in tourist-oriented restaurants; however, make sure that a service charge hasn’t already been applied to the bill.
It is sufficient to just round up the amount or leave a 5 percent tip in local restaurants.
Tipping hotel porters roughly 10 birr ($0.32) per piece of luggage carried is customary.
International travellers to Ethiopia on a tourist visa will need to budget money for activities in addition to travel, lodging, and meals.
Ethiopia is home to a variety of significant historical monuments, natural wonders in its national parks, and fascinating tribal cultures and living histories. This means that guests can choose from a variety of excursions, including Ethiopia’s 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The approximate costs of some of the country’s most popular attractions are as follows:
- 3-day tour of the Simien Mountains National Park: USD$150
- Lalibela entrance fee: USD$50
- National Museum entrance fee: 10 birr (USD$0.30)
- Entrance fee for Gonder Castle: 200 birr (USD$5.50)
In Ethiopia, tourists spend an average of ETB500 (USD$13.50) per day on entertainment and excursions.
The overall amount spent is determined by each individual traveler and the number of destinations they desire to visit. Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches are one of Ethiopia’s most iconic and prominent historical monuments, and most travelers’ itineraries include them. Other places to visit are the city of Axum and the Blue Nile Falls, both of which are less well-known but as rewarding.
If the flight is for more than 8 hours, the airlines will provide hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation.
When you arrive at the airport, go to the counter to obtain a transit card, then proceed through immigration, go through the green line, have your voucher stamped, and they will direct you to where the hotel shuttles are waiting.
Make sure you get your hotel voucher when you check in.
The airline will provide lodging, meals, and transportation.
Some of the hotels are better than others, but they are all acceptable.
When you arrive at the airport, go to the counter to obtain a transit card, then proceed through immigration, go through the green line, have your voucher stamped, and they will direct you to where the hotel shuttles are waiting.
Make sure you get your hotel voucher when you check in.
No. You are not need to obtain the same during your layover in Addis. On your connecting flight, your luggage will be out. You will receive it when you arrive at your final destination.
Yes, there is one a day.
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Date: 10 November 2021
Effective 15th of November 2021, passengers arriving and departing to and from Ethiopia are recommended to use the PanaBIOS electronic System to verify their negative COVID-19 certificate in line with the Africa CDC Trusted Travel electronic verification rules and guidelines available here: https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/ You should endeavor to use the same email address you gave to the lab in signing up for an account to use the PanaBIOS system at: https://trustedtravel.panabios.org.
If you are departing from countries where a PanaBIOS registered lab (Trusted Lab) is not present, you can upload your Printed COVID 19 certificate by visiting https://globalhaven.org/ and signing up for an account. You can also do so at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org.
The process of uploading your certificate can be initiated by clicking the “check in” button on the dashboard after logging in at https://globalhaven.org/ or https://trustedtravel.panabios.org. You will then be able to generate a Trusted Travel Code (TT Code) that is automatically integrated with PanaBIOS Electronic System.
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Face Masks Required
- Wearing a mask at the airport, while boarding and during the flight is mandatory.
N.B Children age 5 and older should wear masks.
- Mask types shall be as per WHO&IATA requirements and recommendations.
Suggestion: You can only wear a medical mask (masks with one-way valves or vents are not allowed).
: Scarfs and bandanas are not counted as mask
- As single-use surgical masks must be changed every four hours, you are advised to bring enough masks for the duration of your travel.
- Fully Vaccinated are also required to wear Mask.
- Face shield cannot replace mask. but can be worn in addition to mask.
Your safety and well-being are our highest priority. We have been taking precautionary measures based on recommendations from WHO, ICAO and IATA to protect our passengers, staff and the general public from the risk of COVID-19. As part of the ongoing effort to fighting the pandemic, we kindly ask all international and domestic passengers to wear face masks during check-in, boarding, in-flight, deplaning and at the airport. We ask all passengers to bring their own masks or face coverings.
Children under the age of 6 and passengers with underlying medical conditions are exempted from the above face mask requirement. However, Passengers with underlying medical conditions shall be required to present medical certificate ascertaining that they cannot wear face masks due to health reasons and a COVID-19 free PCR test certificate not older than 5 days.
Relaxed Refund & Rebooking Policy by Ethiopian Airlines (Revised, November 10, 2021)
This policy is applicable for Passengers holding ET document (071), for tickets issued on/before December 31, 2021 and for travel between 01 March 2020 to March 31, 2022.
Date Change Fee
- Unlimited free date change is allowed.
Ethiopian Airlines is offering passengers unlimited free date change for all tickets issued before 31 December, 2021 and for travel up to 31 March, 2022.
Please ensure to cancel reservation and exchange the ticket with new travel date if you are unable to travel on originally scheduled travel date to avoid charges (No-show fee).
Reservation/Booking should be cancelled, and ticket must be exchanged with new travel date at least one day before departure of originally scheduled flight date to be exempted from no-show fee.
Change requests can be performed through the Ethiopian Airlines sales offices, Global Call Centre (GCC), and the agencies from which the ticket was purchased.
For tickets originally purchased online (Ethiopian website and Mobile application), change request can be performed online.
- For any travel which was affected by COVID-19 & refundable tickets which were issued on/before December 31,2020; full refund will be processed.
- Non-refundable tickets issued prior to December 31,2020 are good for travel only and the journey should be completed on/before December 31,2021.
- For tickets being issued on/after January 01, 2021; refunds & all other related rules will be governed by the fare/system rule.
N.B. Any local customer protection law, DOT, EU, ICPA, DGCA, & Brazil regulations supersedes & have precedence over this policy.
Airport code:ICAO: HAAB, IATA: ADD
- 52,800 Passengers Per day
- 19, 219,200 Per year
If you have a long stopover or are flying very early in the morning, you may need to find a place to sleep in Addis Ababa airport.
The Bole Skygate Hotel is only 500 meters away and offers a complimentary shuttle service. Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant. Rooms for two people start at roughly $40 per night.
There are several more hotels within a 10-minute drive of the airport; costs can be compared online, and reservations are recommended in advance.
Bole Airport is a safe place to visit as long as you follow the normal security precautions.
Luggage should never be left unattended; if it is, it will most likely be confiscated by employees. To restore misplaced personal belongings, a lost property service is available.
The airport in Addis Ababa may be quite congested, especially during peak hours. Families should keep an eye on their little children at all times so they don’t get lost in the masses.
If necessary, information desks and first-aid stations are located throughout the terminals.
Passengers can wait for flights or relax during layovers in lounges located in both terminals of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
Terminal 1: Ethiopia Airlines ShebaMiles Lounge
- Opening hours: 5 am to midnight
- Services: Premium food offering, WiFi, newspaper and magazines
Terminal 2: Ethiopia Airlines Cloud Nine Lounge I and II
- Opening hours: 24 hours
- Services: Premium food and beverages, WiFi, television, printers, newspapers and magazines
Terminal 2: Etiopian Airlines Star Alliance Gold Lounge
- Opening hours: first to last departure of the day
- Services: premium food and snacks, WiFi, television, newspapers and magazines
Ethiopian Airlines, the main national airline, has a strong safety record.
Ethiopian Airlines has been awarded a 4-Star rating for the quality of its airport and onboard products, as well as the service provided by its employees. Seats, amenities, food and beverages, IFE, cleanliness, and other aspects of the product are rated, while service is rated for both cabin and ground crew.
Awasa (AWA / HALA) Rating: 53%214 km
Jimma (JIM / HAJM)262 km
Lalibela (LLI / HALL) Rating: 57%334 km
Bahir Dar (BJR / HABD) Rating: 44%334 km
Dire Dawa (DIR / HADR) Rating: 46%343 km
Arba Minch (AMH / HAAM) Rating: 67%353 km
Gondar (GDQ / HAGN) Rating: 46%421 km
Jijiga (JIJ / HAJJ)440 km
Gambela (GMB / HAGM)475 km
Asosa (ASO / HASO) Rating: 53%476 k
Addis Ababa to Lalibela, Addis Ababa to Bahar Dar, Addis Ababa to Mekele, Addis Ababa to Gondar, Addis Ababa to Arba Minch, Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa, Addis Ababa to Jinka, Addis Ababa to Jimma, Addis Ababa to Awasa, and Addis Ababa to Axum are the most popular domestic flight routes from Bole International Airport(ADD).
On all Ethiopian Airlines flights, all meals and drinks (including alcohol) are complimentary. Economy class passengers will be served a three-course dinner with their choice of beverages.
Stay Connected on Our Cutting-Edge Aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest aviation group, is glad to provide ShebaSkyConnect as your onboard Wi-Fi connectivity during your journey. If you’re flying on one of our A350 or B777 aircraft, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to use ShebaSkyConnect.
In Ethiopia, credit cards are uncommon, and practically all businesses prefer cash payments. However, you can continue to use your VISA card at Commercial Bank ATMs. The number of ATMs is rapidly increasing. MASTER CARD is the newest brand held by three banks: Awash, Nib, and United.
Yes, there is free WiFi at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
- Air China
- Air India
- Asiana Airlines
- Gulf Air
- Kenya Airways
- Oman Air
- Qatar Airways
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Shenzhen Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- South African Airways
- Sudan Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Yemenia Yemen Airways
There are no designated sleeping places, although there is some comfy reclining seats that is ideal for napping. One of the VIP lounges is open 24 hours a day.
Bole airport is open 24 hours a day, and passengers can easily spend the night there. Only during the day and early evening are food and beverage services offered.
Passengers who have a stopover of more than 12 hours or desire to leave the airport may require an Ethiopian transit visa.
Ethiopian Airlines has commercial flights to the United Kingdom, as well as other European and international destinations. For the most up-to-date information, contact your airline or travel firm.
Ethiopian Airlines accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, China Union Pay, JCB, and UATP credit and debit cards when they are branded as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, China Union Pay, JCB, and UATP. Ethiopian Airlines also accepts local debit cards and mobile payments from a number of African nations. Brazil’s Elo and Hiper cards are also accepted.
ET does not accept pre-paid cards that are anonymous.
Please be aware that anyone other than the cardholder can pay with a credit/debit card over the internet as a third party. However, the credit card holder may be called by email for security purposes to validate the credit card used at the airport or at a nearby Ethiopian ticket office for in-person verification.
Cardholders can authorize third-party payment by filling out the credit card authorization form in countries where ET does not have a ticket office or general sales agent for card verification. To view the form, please click here: Form for authorizing a credit card. Then, using the below link to identify all Ethiopian office addresses, deliver the completed Authorization form to the first ET operational stations.
We recommend that you request special services, such as wheelchair help, at the time of booking. Although we do not need to know how severe your condition is, the more information we have about you, the more equipped we will be to fulfill your needs.
If a traveler contacts Ethiopian and states that he or she is unable to use Ethiopian’s websites due to a disability, Ethiopian will disclose and offer Web-based fares to such passengers as a disability accommodation, without charging a cost for making a reservation over the phone.
- On the phone 1 800-445-2733 in Washington, D.C. (Customers with hearing impairments should dial 1-800-828-1120 to reach our reservation office via Telephone Relay Services.) +251116179900 in Addis Ababa
Ahead of Time All customers are encouraged to make bookings as far in advance as possible.
- We recommend that travellers give us 72 hours’ notice and check-in one hour ahead of time to receive Ethiopian’s in-flight medicinal oxygen.
- Passengers who need to use a respirator, ventilator, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) equipment, or POC should give us 48 hours’ notice and check-in one hour ahead of time (Portable Oxygen Concentrator).
- If you are traveling in a stretcher and require devices such as a respirator, ventilator, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), or POC (Portable Oxygen Concentrator) to hook-up to the aircraft electrical power supply, at least 48 hours advance notice and one hour advance check-in are required on the day of departure. Please be aware that the electrical power supply to such aircraft cannot be guaranteed.
- Upon request, Ethiopian provides accessible seats for people with impairments. Please notify us no later than 24 hours ahead to the scheduled departure of your flight to ensure that accessible seating is available for you.
- Passengers with disabilities will be assisted in boarding, deplaning, and connecting flights by Ethiopian employees.
Customers with disabilities receive individual safety briefings from flight attendants.
Onboard, captioning is available for filmed safety briefings. On board the aircraft, Braille safety briefing cards are available and can be distributed upon request.
On request, Ethiopian workers will assist with the stowing and retrieval of carry-on luggage and assistive devices.
In the cabin, Ethiopian accepts service animals that have been trained to assist clients with disabilities. We only accept dogs as emotional support animals if a medical doctor certifies that the animal is required to travel in the cabin with the customer for medical or therapeutic reasons. The following policies are in effect.
- Documentation in the form of a written document or identity cards. It will suffice to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal has been trained to perform a task or function to assist with a disability.
- There are no seating limitations for customers traveling with assistance animals, save in the emergency escape row. Passengers traveling with service animals are not permitted to use the emergency exit row due to safety concerns that the service animal may obstruct a clear passage to the emergency exit.
Medical certificates are not usually necessary for disabled passengers. Medical certificates are required for the following conditions.
- A stretcher will be used to transport you.
- Taking an incubator on a trip
- The requirement for oxygen
- A illness or infection that is spread from person to person and poses a direct hazard to the health and safety of others.
- You have a medical condition that may prevent you from safely completing the flight without further medical treatment during the flight.
A medical certificate must be dated within 10 days of the flight’s initial departure to be valid. The medical certificate must be dated within 10 days of the flight for which it is presented in circumstances involving a communicable disease or infection.
If you have a communicable condition or infection, your medical certificate must say that, if precautions are implemented, the disease or infection will not spread to other passengers on the trip. It must also specify the requirements or safeguards that Ethiopians must follow to prevent the sickness or infection from spreading.
Every attempt would be made to meet your travel demands while also keeping other customers’ health and safety in mind.
If the request is made no later than 24 hours before departure, Ethiopian can prepare customized meals.
Medication should always be carried in your carry-on luggage. (Please note that our aircraft do not have medical refrigerating facilities, so prepare appropriately.)
Also, if you use needles to inject medication, having your doctor’s prescription is helpful for security reasons. For proper needle disposal, please inform your flight attendant.
Supplemental oxygen can be offered on our flights for a cost with at least 48 hours notice. We recommend that you request oxygen at the time of ticket purchase due to a limited availability. Upon check-in, a medical certificate must be presented to prove the requirement for oxygen and the rate of flow per minute necessary (the aircraft’s built-in oxygen cannot be utilized for this purpose).
Personal oxygen units are not permitted to be used during flights, according to FAA regulations.
Only in-flight oxygen is provided by Ethiopian Airlines. As a result, if you require oxygen during your flight, arrival, or layover, you must make your own arrangements for oxygen to be given at all ground sites.
Medical or life support equipment, such as a respirator, nebulizer, or ventilator, may be brought on board for use during the flight if it fits underneath a seat or is strapped onto an adjacent seat. An adjoining seat must be purchased at the corresponding fare if one is necessary.
Medical equipment must be pre-arranged for usage during flight to ensure that it does not interfere with the aircraft’s communications and navigation systems, as well as the availability of aircraft power hookup, if needed.
The majority of life support equipment is powered by batteries. Wet cell batteries are not allowed on board and must be replaced with dry or gel cell batteries.
Ethiopian does not provide personal attendants or escorts. If you are flying in a stretcher or require severe personal help on board, you must be accompanied by a personal care attendant who will look after your needs.
NOTE: At Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and Washington Dulles Airport, Ethiopian has Complaints Resolution Officials (CRO) that can answer questions and problems from our clients with impairments. Please contact an Ethiopian representative to locate these CROs.
Only nationals of Djibouti and Kenya are permitted to enter the country without a visa.
Once you obtain your Ethiopia eVisa (depending on your citizenship), you must present it at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport’s border control. In addition to your eVisa, you will be needed to submit the visa’s corresponding passport. All passports must be valid at the time of arrival into Ethiopia and for another 6 months after that date.
Furthermore, all passports must have at least two blank pages remaining, allowing the immigration authorities at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport ample room to stamp, annotate, or amend your passport detailing your admission into Ethiopia.
The following is a list of the documentation needed to go to Ethiopia:
- Printed copy of Ethiopia eVisa (if applicable)
- Photocopy of passport
- Must be valid at the time of entry and be valid for a further 6 months from the date of arrival in Ethiopia
- Must have 2 blank pages remaining
If you have all of the required paperwork for both applying for a visa and traveling to Ethiopia, security checks and border crossing should be straightforward. The immigration officials, however, will make any final judgments regarding entry into Ethiopia. While they may be able to grant you entry to Ethiopia, neither the eVisa nor other documents such as your passport ensure that you will be admitted.
It’s important to remember that if you have dual nationality, you must produce the relevant passport to match your Ethiopia eVisa application.
As previously stated, applicants must come in Ethiopia via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, as it is the only port of entry in Ethiopia that would accept the eVisa and other required documentation.
At one of the immigration booths at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, travelers can apply for a transit visa. The application form is easy to fill out. The cost is determined by the validity period.
Ethiopia transit visa fees
|£40.00||Double entry (no more than 24 hours)|
If both flights are with Ethiopian Airlines and the layover is more than 8 hours long, the airline will provide a complimentary hotel package that includes a hotel room, transportation, and meals.
You don’t need a transit visa for Ethiopia if you acquire this free hotel package. For the second flight, they stamp your hotel voucher or boarding permit. The hotel package can be purchased at the time of check-in or at the gate (in some airports).
The following is a complete list of Ethiopian embassies worldwide. They provide a comprehensive range of consular services.
- Algeria – Algiers
- Australia – Canberra
- Belgium – Brussels
- Brazil – Brasilia
- Canada – Ottawa
- China – Beijing
- Cote d’Ivoire – Abidjan
- Cuba – Havana
- Djibouti – Djibouti Ville
- Egypt – Cairo
- Eritrea – Asmara
- France – Paris
- Germany – Berlin
- Ghana – Accra
- India – New Delhi
- Indonesia – Jakarta
- Ireland – Dublin
- Israel – Tel Aviv
- Italy – Rome
- Japan – Tokyo
- Kenya – Nairobi
- Korea (Republic) – Seoul
- Kuwait – Kuwait City
- Morocco – Rabat
- Netherlands – The Hague
- Nigeria – Abuja
- Qatar – Doha
- Russia – Moscow
- Rwanda – Kigali
- Saudi Arabia – Riyadh
- Senegal – Dakar
- Somalia – Mogadishu
- South Africa – Pretoria
- South Sudan – Juba
- Sudan – Khartoum
- Sweden – Stockholm
- Turkey – Ankara
- Uganda – Kampala
- United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi
- United Kingdom – London
- United States – Washington, D.C.
- Yemen – Sana’a
- Zimbabwe – Harare
Visitors must queue at one of the airport’s kiosks to complete the application for a visa on arrival from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
Applicants are required to present two passport photos. In addition, there is a visa cost to pay.
Evidence of sufficient cash to cover the trip may be necessary in some situations. A bank statement will suffice as proof.
Visitors having a letter of invitation for a meeting, seminar, or workshop organized by African Union participants of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa may be granted visas on arrival in Ethiopia. The letter must be provided as verification.
Applicants should provide the following information when applying for an Ethiopia visa:
- Passport information (photocopy of the biographical page)
- A passport-style photo in color (taken recently)
- A photocopy of a residency card (if applicable)
*Note: Using an eVisa to enter Ethiopia from any other port of entry is banned. Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the only valid point of entry for Ethiopian eVisas.
With a transit visa, a traveller can stay in Ethiopia for a maximum of 72 hours. It is necessary to apply for a visa on arrival or an Ethiopia Tourist Visa if you intend to stay in Ethiopia for longer than this period.
It is simple to apply for a Tourist Visa online. The visa application takes only a few minutes to complete, and the visa is emailed to the applicant. It is open to people of all nations and permits them to stay for up to 90 days.
Visitors can get a visa upon arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. It is exclusively open to select nations and allows for a single 30-day stay.
The following is a list of Ethiopian consulates worldwide. The services they provide are less extensive than those provided by embassies.
- Austria – Vienna, Consulate
- Azerbaijan – Baku, Consulate
- China – Chongqing, Consulate General
- China – Guangzhou, Consulate General
- China – Shanghai, Consulate General
- Czech Republic – Prague, Consulate
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Consulate
- Finland – Helsinki, Consulate
- Germany – Bremen, Consulate
- Germany – Düsseldorf, Consulate
- Germany – Frankfurt am Main, Consulate General
- Greece – Athens, Consulate General
- Hong Kong – Hong Kong, Consulate
- Hungary – Budapest, Consulate
- India – Bangalore, Consulate
- India – Kolkata, Consulate
- India – Mumbai, Consulate General
- Jamaica – Kingston, Consulate
- Japan – Nagoya, Consulate
- Japan – Osaka, Consulate
- Jordan – Amman, Consulate
- Lebanon – Beirut, Consulate General
- Luxembourg – Luxembourg Ville, Consulate
- Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Consulate General
- Mexico – Mexico City, Consulate
- Nepal – Kathmandu, Consulate
- New Zealand – Auckland, Consulate
- Norway – Oslo, Consulate
- Pakistan – Karachi, Consulate
- Philippines – Manila, Consulate
- Portugal – Porto, Consulate
- Saudi Arabia – Jeddah, Consulate General
- Singapore – Singapore, Consulate General
- Slovakia – Bratislava, Consulate
- Somalia – Garowe, Consulate General
- Somaliland – Hargeisa, Consulate General
- Spain – Madrid, Consulate
- Sweden – Malmö, Consulate
- Switzerland – Geneva, Consulate General
- Switzerland – Zurich, Consulate General
- Thailand – Bangkok, Consulate
- United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Consulate General
- United Kingdom – Glasgow, Consulate
- United States – Chicago, Consulate General
- United States – Houston, Consulate
- United States – Los Angeles, Consulate General
- United States – New York, Consulate
- United States – Seattle, Consulate
- United States – St. Paul, Consulate General
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- DR Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Western Sahara
You can apply for an Ethiopia eVisa online ahead of time to avoid the stress of queuing and applying for a visa at the border.
The eVisa is available to almost all nations, and it just takes a few minutes to apply.
If you want to stay longer, you can choose between a 30-day or 90-day visa. The eVisas, like the visa on arrival, can only be utilized to enter Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
You only need to submit information such your name, address, date of birth, passport information, and travel intentions to apply for an eVisa. A fee must also be paid with a credit or debit card.
Normally, applications are handled within 24 hours, but in rare situations, it may take longer. Applicants receive approved eVisas via email. Travelers can enter Ethiopia by presenting their eVisa together with their passport at the Ethiopian border.
The Ethiopia visa on arrival has a variety of drawbacks, some of which are not shared by the eVisa:
- After a long travel, waiting in line at the border to apply can be exhausting.
- Not all nationalities are eligible: check the list of approved nations above.
- Only a 90-day visa is allowed; there is no 30-day option.
- Single-entry visa (same as eVisa): if you leave the country, your visa will expire.
- Only allows admission at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (same as the eVisa): no other ports of entry are permitted.
Only nationals of Ethiopia’s neighbors Kenya and Djibouti are currently permitted to enter the country without a visa for durations of one year and three months, respectively.
Most travelers must either obtain an Ethiopia visa on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport or complete the short Ethiopia eVisa application online to visit Ethiopia and celebrate Ethiopian New Year and other key Amharic calendar holidays. Many people choose the latter option because applying for an Ethiopia visa online prior to departure saves time and avoids the inconvenience of queuing.
The original Ethiopia eVisa criteria include a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Ethiopia, as well as a valid credit or debit card to pay the visa fee. It is also necessary to provide the following information after completing the quick and easy application:
- A copy of the applicant’s passport information page
- An up-to-date passport-style photograph in color
- A copy of the applicant’s residency card (if applicable)
The short form takes only a few minutes to fill out, and most applications are handled within 24 hours to three working days. Although the Ethiopia eVisa is a single-entry visa, applicants can choose between a 30-day or 90-day validity period, allowing them to visit Ethiopia for more than one of the country’s major holidays.
Ethiopian visas on arrival are available to citizens and residents of the Asian countries listed below:
- Hong Kong
- North Korea
- South Korea
A visa on arrival is available for nationals and official residents of a number of European nations, including the sovereign states listed below:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Citizens of the following North American countries, as well as holders of their residence permits, may get a visa on arrival in Ethiopia:
- United States
Visitors from the following South American nations can apply for an Ethiopian visa on arrival to enter the African country:
Citizens and residents of the following countries in Oceania are eligible for an Ethiopia visa on arrival:
- New Zealand
International travelers who meet Ethiopia’s visa requirements can still enter the country. On arrival in Ethiopia, airline passengers must follow a specific COVID-19 safety routine.
On arrival in Ethiopia, airline passengers must undergo an unique COVID-19 safety routine, and a negative PCR test is required to travel to the nation.
The Ethiopian government has the ability to change procedures at any time. Before making travel plans, travelers should verify the most recent coronavirus limitations.
At Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and other international ports of entry, screening mechanisms are in place.
Travelers’ temperatures will be taken, and they will be asked to fill out a health form and answer questions regarding their recent travel and lodging in Ethiopia.
Without a negative PCR COVID-19 test, all travellers traveling to Ethiopia must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, either at home or in a hotel. Diplomatic passport holders who come without a negative PCR test are subjected to a 14-day quarantine. They can do so at their country’s embassy in Ethiopia.
Individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus before arriving in Ethiopia will not be able to enter the country.
Before boarding a trip to Ethiopia, passengers must present a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result.
Passengers who arrive at the airport without a negative test result will be denied boarding and will be unable to continue their journey to Ethiopia.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Ethiopia’s borders remain open. Foreign citizens can apply for an Ethiopian visa and visit the nation if they meet all of the current entrance requirements.
When planning a trip to Ethiopia, international visitors should take extra precautions. Most passengers are now required to take a PCR test by the government.
This article includes critical information on the COVID-19 test required for entry into Ethiopia, such as:
- When to have the PCR test for Ethiopia
- Which type of COVID-19 test is accepted
- Where to get tested for coronavirus
- Exemptions to the COVID-19 test requirement
Exemptions from the COVID-19 exam required in Ethiopia
The COVID-19 test is not required for transit passengers or children under the age of ten.
Diplomatic and service passport holders, as well as their families, are encouraged, but not required, to go to Ethiopia with a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test.
Passengers and their immediate family members who have been issued a Laissez-Passer by the United Nations or an African Union state are also exempt.
Travelers to Ethiopia must have the proper coronavirus test. COVID-19 tests come in a variety of forms, and Ethiopian authorities only accept certain ones.
A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is required by the Ethiopian government. The real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a molecular diagnostic test that determines whether or not a person is currently infected with coronavirus illness.
The results of RT-PCR tests are usually very reliable, and they don’t need to be repeated very often. Because samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis, the results can take a few days to arrive.
The findings of a rapid diagnostic test (RDT antibody test) will not be acceptable for travel to Ethiopia.
RDT antibody tests are less accurate than RT-PCR testing, but being relatively fast (results are usually ready in 15 to 30 minutes). Negative results are frequently followed up with a molecular test.
Travelers must get the COVID-19 test close to their departure date to reduce the possibilities of becoming infected during the time between having the test and boarding a flight.
The medical certificate confirming the negative test result must be issued within 120 hours (5 days) of arrival in Ethiopia.
There will be no acceptance of test certificates issued more than 120 hours in advance.
Vaccination initiatives against the coronavirus have begun in a number of nations. As a result, travelers who have previously got the vaccines may wonder if a COVID-19 test is required to enter Ethiopia.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers are currently subject to the identical entry requirements: all must provide a negative test result certificate in order to enter the country.
Vaccine certificates are currently being debated by countries all over the world, although it is unclear whether Ethiopia will recognize such a document.
The results of the test should be received from one of the country’s accredited COVID-19 RT-PCR laboratories.
An online list of accredited labs in various nations is accessible.
On arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, no COVID-19 testing will be performed. All travelers who need to take a COVID-19 test in order to enter Ethiopia must do so before leaving.
Before boarding the plane, airline employees must check that each passenger has a valid negative test certificate.
Visitors from other countries who need a coronavirus certificate to return home can get tested in Ethiopia.
COVID-19 testing is now available for foreign travel at the following facilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital:
- International Clinic Laboratories Ethiopia
- New Silk Road Hospital
In the days leading up to the return flight, the PCR test should be scheduled ahead of time. It’s crucial to remember that testing standards vary from country to country. Many countries demand that the test be done no more than 72 hours ahead of time.
Anyone contemplating a trip to Ethiopia in the coming weeks or months should familiarize themselves with the country’s coronavirus entrance restrictions. In addition to a PCR test, an overseas arrival may be subject to:
- Quarantine on arrival
- Screening at the airport
These extraordinary health measures are just temporary, and they will be lifted as soon as it is deemed safe.
During the pandemic, it is possible to travel through Ethiopian airports. Passengers in transit are exempt from quarantine procedures and have a maximum transit time of 72 hours.
Passengers who have a short transit time can stay at the airport departure lounge; those who have a layover of more than 24 hours will be escorted to a specified hotel. Passengers can use a shuttle service to go to and from the terminal.
Individuals passing through the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa will be subjected to health screenings, including temperature checks.
Aside from the coronavirus pandemic, there are several places of Ethiopia that visitors should avoid owing to intermittent civil instability, communications problems, criminality, and violence.
These are usually border regions, such as the Somalia-Kenya border, the Sudan-South Sudan border, and the Eritrea-Sudan border.
Other areas where foreign visitors should exercise caution include:
- Somali Regional State
- Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR)
- The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State
- Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State
Passenger luggage that exceeds Ethiopian Airlines’ free baggage allowance and requires the payment of an additional cost.
Economy: up to two parts, each weighing little more than 23 kg (50 lbs.) and measuring no more than 158 cm in length (62 in.) Cloud Nine: up to 2 parts, each weighing a maximum of 32 kg (70 lbs.) or 3 pieces, each weighing 23 kg and measuring a maximum of 158 cm (62 in.)
Ethiopian Airlines would only allow one dog or cat per compartment (2 in economy and 1 in business) in a box measuring no more than 55x40x20cms and weighing no more than 8kgs including the transport container; otherwise, it will be loaded in the belly.
Two (2) pieces, each weighing 7 kgs, are accepted for free in business class. One (1) component with a maximum weight of 7 kg is allowed free of charge in economy class. The carry-on luggage should be able to fit in the overhead rack or under the passenger’s seat in both circumstances. The total size of the three dimensions (L x W x H) must not exceed (23 x 40 x 55 cm).
- The following carry-on items, with a combined weight of no more than 5kg, are free of charge for each passenger. The carry-on items are allowed to be used during the flight and while in the custody of the passengers as indicated below.
- A lady’s handbag, wallet, or pocketbook that is suitable for typical travel attire and is not being used as a container for the carrying of things that would otherwise be considered luggage.
- An overcoat, wrap or blanket.
- A small camera and/or a pair of binoculars.
- A reasonable amount of reading material for the flight.
- Infant’s food for consumption in flight.
- Infant’s carrying basket.
- Duty free items
- Passengers may carry a fully foldable wheel chair, crutches, braces, or other prosthetic item for the passenger’s usage in addition to the additional 5kg previously allowed if the passenger is reliant on them.
Note: Depending on the size or cargo compartment of the airplane, some things may be checked or carried in the passenger cabin. Items that could cause harm will not be permitted as carry-on luggage.
- Musical instruments may be brought in cabin as carry-on baggage as long as the instrument’s dimensions (inside or outside of its packaging) do not exceed the airline’s carry-on dimension standard. That is, 23 x 40 x 55. (cm).
- Passengers will be informed of this information at all points of contact with the company, including reservations, ticket offices, and check-in counters. It is the responsibility of team leaders and managers to ensure that communication is maintained at all levels. The material will be available in any of the following ways, in addition to personal communication: 1 On the tickets or itinerary printed on paper
- Ticket office or check in counter signs, poster, and display
- Ethiopian website
- The information to communicate to the passengers shall include-
- Items which can be carried free of charge
- No of piece of carry-on baggage
- All baggage shall be presented at the time of check in.
- Size and weight
- Baggage, which exceeds the limit, shall not be accepted as carry-on baggage
- Items which are excluded in the hand baggage
- Items, which must be carried in the carry-on baggage like Valuable, medicine, etc…
- The following entitlement applies per class of service.
Class of Service Piece Weight Carryon Luggage Dimensions Business 2 7kg each 23 x 40 x 55 (cm) Economy 1 7kg each
Note: Star Alliance Gold members traveling in First/Business class are allowed to at least two pieces of 7kg carry-on luggage, each measuring 23 x 40 x 55 inches (cm).
The complimentary baggage allowance for code sharing flights will be determined by the code share partners. The Commercial Cooperation & Star Alliance Coordination division will disseminate the material. The allotment for Star Alliance member carriers will be 40,30,20kgs for First, Business, and Economy class, respectively.The maximum sum of the three dimensions (length + width + height) of each bag shall not exceed 158 cm (62 inches)
23 KG. Each bag’s maximum three dimensions (length, breadth, and height) must not exceed 158 cms (62 inches) For Business class, the free baggage limit is up to two pieces, each with a maximum weight of 32 kg (70 lbs.) or three pieces, each with a maximum weight of 23 kg and a maximum sum of dimensions of 158 cm (62 in.). Up to two articles in Economy class, each weighing no more than 23 kg (50 lbs.). and maximum sum of dimension equal to 158 cm (62 in.)
Depending on the route you want to take, your baggage allowance may be computed by piece or weight.
Two (2) articles weighing 7 kg each are acceptable for free in business class. One (1) component with a maximum weight of 7 kg is allowed free of charge in economy class. The carry-on luggage should be able to fit in the overhead rack or under the passenger’s seat in both circumstances. The three dimensions (L x W x H) shall not exceed (23 x 40 x 55 cm).
For passenger safety and security, travelers are not permitted to carry the following items in their hand luggage. To avoid any difficulty, you should check these goods in or place them in your checked baggage instead:
- a) Knives (including hunting knives, swords, and pocket knives)/li>
- b) Scissors and any other sharp/bladed objects (e.g. ice-pick, nail clippers) considered illegal by local law
- c) Weapons such as whips, nan-chakus, baton, or stun gun
- d) Toys guns/gun shaped items or look-alikes, hand-cuffs
- e) Sporting equipment such as baseball/cricket bats, golf clubs, hockey sticks, billiard cues
- f) Devices with spill able batteries
- g) Aerosols (hair sprays, perfumes, medicines containing alcohol) not exceeding 0.5KG/L per article and 2.0KG/L in total weight
- h) Baby strollers
- i) Spare Lithium Batteries (not more than 2 pieces allowed if the watt-hour rating exceeding 100Wh but not exceeding 160Wh/ Lithium content exceeding 2g but not exceeding 8g)
- j) Power banks (only 2 pieces allowed as long as watt-hour rating is not exceeding 160Wh)
- k) Any other items which are deemed security hazards by local law
- l) Any other items that resemble or have similar functions to the above items
- Radioactive materials.
Note: Please be aware that these goods will be retrieved by local authorities at the boarding gate and may not be returned to you depending on local rules and regulations.
- When transported by air, dangerous items are articles or substances that pose a serious risk to health, safety, or property.
- FDangerous articles, as defined in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, such as those mentioned below, may not be carried as, within, or as part of the baggage of passengers for any reason.
- Briefcases and security attaché cases with alarm devices attached; or lithium batteries and/or pyrotechnic stuff;
- Spare Lithium Batteries
- Power banks
- Trionic briefcases – similar to normal briefcases from outside.
- Mace canisters – similar to cigarette lighters and sprays.
- Gases (flammable, non-flammable, deeply refrigerated and poisonous) such as butane, oxygen, liquid nitrogen, aqualung cylinders.
- Corrosive materials (such as acids, alkalis, mercury and wet cell batteries).
- Etiologic agents.
- Explosive, munitions fireworks and flares.
- Flammable liquids and solids such as lighter or heating fuels, matches, paints, thinners, fire-lighters.
- Oxidizing materials such as bleaching powder, and peroxides.
- Poisons and infectious substances such as insecticides, weed-killers and live virus materials.
- Radioactive materials.
- Other dangerous articles such as magnetized materials, offensive or irritating materials as listed in the IATA Dangerous Articles Regulations.
Any luggage having a total length of more than 300 cm (118 inches) cannot be checked in and must be shipped as cargo or freight.
Passengers’ ammunition, firearms, sharp knives, and/or other security-restricted objects are not permitted to be brought within the cabin or on the flight deck (cockpit), and such items must be declared at the time of check-in. All ammunition must be carried in the plane’s hold as checked baggage only, and only with the agreement of the appropriate security authorities.
No, unless Ethiopian Airlines cancels the flight involuntarily, payment is non-refundable/non-reroutable.
Economy: up to two parts, each weighing little more than 23 kg (50 lbs.) and measuring no more than 158 cm in length (62 in.) Cloud Nine: up to 2 parts, each weighing up to 32 kg (70 lbs.) and having a maximum aggregate of dimensions of 158 cm (62 in.) or 3 pieces, each weighing up to 23 kg.
At the airport, only the flat rate per KG is offered. Prior to your flight, you must reserve spot for your sporting equipment and animals at the nearest Ethiopian Airlines ticketing office or on the Ethiopian Airlines website. Examine the terms and conditions that apply to your excess luggage fees. Contact your local offices if you have any further questions.
Visitors to Ethiopia are allowed to bring a maximum of 1,000 Ethiopian birr with them on each trip to and from the nation, and they must report any foreign currency worth more than $3,000 when entering the country. Ethiopians are not allowed to keep foreign currency for longer than 30 days after disclosing it.
Before entering Ethiopia, travelers are advised to acquire vaccinations, while not all of the recommended immunizations are required. Learn about the different types of vaccines, the diseases they fight, and how they spread by looking through our list of vaccines for Ethiopia.
The following vaccinations are recommended for Ethiopia:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
If you’re confused about which immunizations you need or when to receive them, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor. It’s important to plan ahead of time since some vaccinations must be administered within specific time frames, and others must be given in many injections at specific intervals.
What are the different Ethiopian vaccines for, and how does the sickness spread? Read on for a list of Ethiopian vaccines as well as information on disease transmission.
Hepatitis A is a disease that is transmitted by food and water. If you travel frequently, you may have already received this vaccination, which is also advised for many other nations throughout the world.
Hepatitis B, unlike hepatitis A, is transmitted by bodily fluids and blood. It’s also a good idea to have it with you if you’re going to an African country like Ethiopia.
Typhoid: Spread through water and food, this vaccine is also recommended and will be required for travel to most of Ethiopia’s areas.
Cholera is a disease distributed primarily through water but also through food that is prevalent over most of Africa and Ethiopia.
Yellow fever: Check with your doctor to see if you need a yellow fever vaccine before you travel. Yellow fever is carried by mosquitos, and certain countries may require passengers to provide proof of vaccination before entering. It also depends on the countries you’ve visited or come from.
Rabies: Ethiopia is a high-risk rabies country. Getting vaccinated against rabies is suggested, especially if you plan on visiting locations distant from a hospital or embarking on extended expeditions or safaris.
Meningitis is an airborne disease spread by direct contact that is recommended while traveling to Ethiopia during the dry season (December-June).
So, when would be the best time to visit Ethiopia? This is dependent on the location you wish to visit. The rainy season should be avoided, but apart from that, Ethiopian weather makes for a wonderful journey.
Here are some suggestions for various regions…
October to April in the Highlands, north, east, and west.
August to mid-October in the south and mid-February to mid-March in the Danakil
If you’re planning a trip to Ethiopia, bring clothing for both hot and cold weather, as temperatures can change dramatically depending on altitude and time of day.
When driving in a foreign nation, the most important consideration is safety. Motorists should be able to travel freely across Ethiopia if they use caution on the roads and observe normal safety precautions.
Ethiopian roads are constantly improving, and several new portions have been built in recent years.
Many sites in southern Ethiopia have become more vehicle-friendly, and many may now be visited all year.
The many cemented highways connecting the Ethiopian capital to important towns and cities make driving in Addis Ababa much easier.
Although paved surfaces are being extended throughout the country, travelers should be mindful of worse conditions and potholes, particularly in more isolated areas.
When traveling during the rainy season, extra caution is advised because heavy rain can cause roadways to become slippery.
International motorists must, of course, follow the country’s vehicle usage policies.
The following are some of Ethiopia’s most important traffic laws:
- Legal driving age: 18
- Speed limit: 30 miles per hour in towns and village, 60 miles per hour elsewhere
- Mobile phone usage whilst conducting a vehicle is prohibited
- Seatbelts are compulsory for the driver of the vehicle
- Driving is on the right-hand side of the road
- Motorcyclists are obliged to wear a helmet
Tourists in Ethiopia can use their own vehicle with an international license for three months, which includes both cars and motorcycles. After that, they must obtain an Ethiopian driver’s license.
Foreign drivers should keep a copy of their passport, home driver’s license, and Ethiopian visa with them at all times in case the authorities ask to see them.
To rent a self-drive Ethiopian automobile, hire car businesses will ask for a local license; International Driving Permits are not accepted in Ethiopia.
Approved COVID-19 Testing Laboratory Centers (RT-PCR) in Ethiopia.
List of COVID-19 Testing Laboratory Centers (RT-PCR) Approved by Ethiopian Public Health Institute:
|SN||Testing Facility Name||Region/Admin.||City/town||Remark|
|1||Ethiopian Public Health Institute||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Provides test certificate|
|2||Armed Forces Comprehensive Specified Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|3||Addis Ababa Silk Road Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|4||International Clinical Laboratories||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|5||IOM-Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
American Medical Center
|Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|7||Wudassie Diagnostic Center||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|8||Bethzata Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|9||Hallelujah General Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|10||Arsho Medical Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|11||Amin General Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|12||Washington Medical Center||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|13||MCM General Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|14||ICMC General Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|15||Legehare General Hospital||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|16||Ethio Scandic Health Care Service Share Company||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|17||Zak Internal medicine specialty clinic||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|18||AL-Borg Medical Service PLC||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|19||Labco Advanced Clinical Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|20||MRC-ET Advanced Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|21||BGI Health Ethiopia PLC||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|22||Boston Diagnostic Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|23||Sante Advanced Medical Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|24||Precision Advanced Clinical Laboratory||Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa||Assigned to provide test certificate|
|25||AU PANVAC||Oromia||Bishoftu||Assigned to provide test certificate|
All the contact information about Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
Contact Information for the Airlines
|Global Call Center|
|Address:||Ethiopian Airlines Head Office|
|Mailing address:||P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa|
|Phone:||+251 116 179 900 (6787 to be used within Ethiopia)|
|Working hours:||: 24/7 throughout the year|
Main City Ticket office
|Mailing address:||P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa|
|Phone:||+251 115 154036|
|Working hours:||08:00 – 18:00 Monday to Friday|
It is closed on Sundays
Hilton Ticket Office
|Address:||Inside Hilton Hotel|
|Mailing address:||P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa|
|Phone:||+251 115 511540|
|Working hours:||Monday to Friday, 8:00am-7:00pm. Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm.|
|Closed on Sundays and public holidays.|
SKY Light Ticket office
|Address:||Sky Light Hotel|
|Mailing address:||P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa|
|Working hours:||Working hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 -20:00|
|Saturday 08:00-17:00 Sunday and Public Holidays Closed|
Addis Ababa Sales Office
|Address:||Ethiopian Airport Enterprise Building, Ground Floor|
|Mailing address:||P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa|
|Phone:||+251 11 637030|
Monday to Friday 08:00 -17:00
|Address:||Bole International Airport|
|Mailing address:||P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa|
|Customer Relations||Please contact customer relation through: Support and Feedback|
|Baggage Service||+251 11 5178306/+251-11-6650304|
|Airport check in counter||251-11- 5178455/955|