Ethiopia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Negative COVID-19 test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for Passengers without negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 02.09.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 120 hours before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 10 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and their immediate family members;
– passengers with a service passport and their immediate family members;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by an African Union (AU) state and their immediate family members;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations and their immediate family members.
2. Residents of Ethiopia are allowed to enter with an expired residence permit.
3. Passengers with a valid ID card issued to foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin can obtain a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa (ADD).
4. Children traveling with foreign parents of Ethiopian origin can obtain a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa (ADD).
5. Passengers with a foreign passport stating Ethiopia as place of birth can obtain a visa on arrival at Addis Ababa (ADD).


Detailed Tourist Information

All passengers traveling to Ethiopia MUST present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given.

Children less than or equal to 10 years of age are exempted from the RT PCR test certificate requirement.

There shall be no COVID-19 test to be done on arrival at Addis Ababa.

A Rapid diagnostic test (RDT antibody test) will not be accepted for this purpose.

The above requirement does not apply to transit passengers.

All Diplomatic and Service (including United Nations and African Union) passport holders, including their immediate families, are advised but not required to have a certificate of negative PCR-COVID-19 test before arrival to Ethiopia. However, anyone (diplomatic and service passport holder including their immediate families) who come to Ethiopia without negative PCR COVID-19 test result, is required to stay in quarantine for fourteen (14) days at home.

Lockdown Details

Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:

Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus

Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority.

Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.

Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake

Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)

Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times

Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed

Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested

All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants

Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation

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