Ethiopia

Capital Addis Ababa

Population 92,206,005

Area 1,104,300 km2

Key facts

Ethiopia is a country located in Eastern Africa. There are 6 countries (Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan) that Ethiopia shares its borders with. The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic. Traveling across Ethiopia if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Ethiopia was ranked 63rd out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Ethiopia is Ethiopian birr (ETB). The birr (Br) is subdivided into 100 santim.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 51.66 ETB and 1 USD is worth 52.6 ETB.

Ethiopian
Banknotes

Br1Br5Br10Br50Br100

Ethiopian
Coins

15102550Br1

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Ethiopia is 21.95 Mbps and mobile is 26.63 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density It may be difficult to locate an ATM in Ethiopia.0.46 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Ethiopia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 4 socket types used in Ethiopia. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type L is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type E 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz  Type L 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Ethiopia?

There are no Mariott hotels in Ethiopia.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Ethiopia.

There are no IHG hotels in Ethiopia.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Ethiopia.

There are Radisson hotels in Addis Ababa.

There are no Accor hotels in Ethiopia.

What fast food chains are present in Ethiopia?

Wat with injera, Fit-fit are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Ethiopia. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Ethiopia below.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Ethiopia.

The KFC chain does not operate in Ethiopia.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Ethiopia.

The Subway chain does not operate in Ethiopia.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Ethiopia.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Ethiopia.

Weather

Today the sun in Addis Ababa, rises at 6:12 AM and sets at 6:15 PM. The climate of Addis Ababa may be categorized as a , according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5Rain showersLow: 11.2°C (52.16°F)High: 20°C (68°F)
ThursdayOct 6RainLow: 9.9°C (49.82°F)High: 18.7°C (65.66°F)
FridayOct 7Rain showersLow: 9.6°C (49.28°F)High: 19.7°C (67.46°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 10.9°C (51.62°F)High: 19.6°C (67.28°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 10°C (50°F)High: 18.5°C (65.3°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 10°C (50°F)High: 18.4°C (65.12°F)

Weather data for Addis Ababa (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Ethiopia.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are not available in Ethiopia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 2.9, Ethiopia is placed 119th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Ethiopia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 28.20 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Ethiopia

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is prohibited in all public areas excluding entertainment and restaurants.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Ethiopia?

Currently, citizens of 89 countries can enter Ethiopia without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Ethiopia.

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