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Ethiopia Travel Advisory Includes Do Not Travel

May 22, 2023 • 1:50 pm CDT
U.S. Dept. of State Ethiopia May 2023
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Department of State recently reissued its Level 3 travel advisory for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia with updates to security information.

As of May 19, 2023, the U.S. says to reconsider travel to Ethiopia in cities and border areas due to sporadic civil unrest, crime, and communications disruptions.

U.S. officials have limited ability to provide services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa and any U.S. citizen detained by Ethiopian authorities.

And the government of Ethiopia has previously restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services before, during, and after civil unrest. These restrictions impede the U.S.

Please contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at [email protected] for further assistance, and enroll in STEP to be located during emergencies.

When visiting Ethiopia, Do Not Travel To the following areas:

  • Tigray Region and the border with Eritrea.
  • Afar-Tigray border areas.
  • Amhara Region.
  • Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz Regions.
  • Oromia Region.
  • Southern Nations and National People Region.
  • The border area with Somalia.
  • Border areas with Sudan and South Sudan.
  • Border areas with Kenya.

From a health perspective, the U.S. CDC suggests visitors ensure they are protected against measles and polio.