15.05.19 / High / Ethiopia – Travel Advice
15.05.19 Ethiopia Travel Advice
On 13 May 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Ethiopia, which reads in part as follows: "Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
"Do Not Travel To:
• Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines.
"Reconsider Travel To:
• The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest.
• Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest.
• Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest.
"Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence may occur without warning.
"The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest. These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.
"The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa. As a precaution, U.S. government personnel must request permission for any travel outside of Addis Ababa (personal and official), and are required to carry personnel tracking devices and, in some cases, satellite phones. U.S. government personnel and their families may not travel to the areas listed as Level 3 and Level 4 in this Travel Advisory except for official business and with prior approval from the Embassy."
The travel advisory can be viewed in full here.