Airport guide

Airports in Ethiopia

Language

You might encounter 80 different languages in Ethiopia, but the official language is Amharic. You’ll find that English is commonly understood in towns, and sometimes French and Italian.

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Money

Ethiopia’s official currency is the Ethiopian Birr. It’s broken down into 100 cents and can be exchanged for at banks and some authorized hotels. Other than major establishments in Addis Ababa, credit card usage is limited. Always carry some cash or traveler’s checks with you. ATMs are scarce.

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Communications

Ethiopia’s international country code is 251. To call to another country from Ethiopia, dial 00 followed by the appropriate country code. You can access the web in Addis Ababa Internet cafes or some upscale hotels.

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Tipping

Most hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists automatically include a 10 percent service charge in the bill. If there’s no service charge, tipping small amounts is customary.

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Safety

Political instability can be dangerous in Ethiopia, so tourists should avoid public demonstrations and large crowds. Stay away from the Gambella region near the southern Sudanese border and the military zones near the Eritrean border. Violent unrest has occurred in these areas. Don’t attempt traveling by land to Sudan or Kenya unless you’re in a convoy.

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Health

Before visiting Ethiopia, consult with your doctor about getting the recommended vaccines for polio, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera and Hepatitis A before you embark on your trip. HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, malaria and meningococcal disease are common occurrences. Make sure you only drink bottled or treated water. The altitude in the highlands and Addis Ababa can trouble visitors and takes some time to get used to. Bring your own medications and get health insurance before you leave.

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Electricity

Ethiopia’s electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz and uses three-pinned plugs.

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