Detailed northern Ethiopia trip report (Dec 2019-Jan 2020)

Victoria writes: My partner and I have just returned from an incredible three weeks in Ethiopia. Since Bradt was our Bible throughout the trip and I benefitted so much from this site in planning it, I thought I’d post on our experience in the hope that it will help others in turn. We arrived in … Continue reading Detailed northern Ethiopia trip report (Dec 2019-Jan 2020)

Bole Airport Updates

Addis Advisor writes: GOOD NEWS...a major part of new arrivals area in Term 2 is now open. New baggage carousels numbered 4 5 6 7. operating. Old carousel area under reconstruction//presumably to fit new carousels 1 2 3. BAD NEWS// Met 2 friends today (DEC 24th 2019) on ET701 from London. Took them 2 hours to … Continue reading Bole Airport Updates

Current eligibility for Visas on arrival

Thanks to Paul Shannon for this official link stating which nationalities are currently eligible to buy an Ethiopian Visa on Arrival at Bole International Airport - Note that citizens of all countries worldwide, whether or not eligible for a Visa on Arrival, can buy a tourist e-Visa online as per the following - reading Current eligibility for Visas on arrival

E-visas now available to all nationalities

As of 1 June 2018, E-visas are available to all nationalities through the official government website For further information see A regular visitor to Ethiopia, Addis Advisor also noted upon arriving back in Ethiopia in May 2018 that Terminal 2 customs now has red and green channels, just like elsewhere, and the e-visa procedure was … Continue reading E-visas now available to all nationalities

Detailed Feb 2018 trip report (north & southwest)

Simon writes: Addis Ababa:- With all the tensions in the country, avoid getting into a political conversation with anyone. E Visa:- Use only official website  However it does not seem to speed things up that much compared with 'Visa on Arrival'.  Don't rely on the ATM's to work, change some cash at the bank … Continue reading Detailed Feb 2018 trip report (north & southwest)

Dodgy e-visa websites

  Note that the official URL for Ethiopian e-visas is the government website It now carries a warning: "We have come to know that there are some fraud websites which have similar look and feel to our official visa website. Please note that the Ethiopian Government doesn't have any agreement with the owners of those … Continue reading Dodgy e-visa websites

Ethiopia launches e-visas

Thanks to AddisAdvisor for alerting me to the excellent news that as of 12 June 2017, Ethiopia has introduced an online application process for e-visas for visitors from several countries. The e-visas can be applied for online and paid for with a Visa, Master or American Express card at the website, which also has … Continue reading Ethiopia launches e-visas