Covid-19 requirements for tourists to Ethiopia
As we have been gathering in our Covid-19 updates and protocols section, the Ethiopian Government announced the opening of the borders for tourists last October 2020. As in any international destination nowadays, the only requirement to enter in Ethiopia is to hold a negative PCR test taken at least 120 hours (or 5 days) before the arrival day. Please note that starting from June 7th, 2021, all travellers through Ethiopia to all destinations shall be expected to present a negative COVID-19 certificates at all ports of entry based on the Africa Union s Trusted Travel guidelines and the UNDP-sponsored Global Haven Program
At Inside Ethiopia Tours, we have undertaken preventive measures by implementing safety and hygiene protocols in our office and vehicles. On the other hand, we have been working along with our providers to ensure the safety of our employees and customers during their trips. Nevertheless, this task needs a global collaboration and therefore we urge people to use face masks and practice social distancing during their stay in Ethiopia. We have hereby compiled the most frequently asked questions about entry requirements for tourists in Ethiopia:
Is it necessary to quarantine when travelling to Ethiopia?
Although it is advisable to self-quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in Ethiopia, the reality is that it is not mandatory and there is no control from the local authorities. Once you arrive to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, you will be required to go through a medical control and fill out a form with your address during your stay in Ethiopia.
What are the entering requirements for tourists to Ethiopia?
All tourists arriving to Ethiopia must present a negative COVID-19 certificate based on the Africa Union’s Trusted Travel guidelines and the UNDP-sponsored Global Haven Program. Travellers entering Ethiopia from countries yet to onboard to the Trusted Travel Initiative should use the special uploader available through the UNDP-supported Global Haven partnership () for Covid-19 test results and vaccine certificates verification, which is available both on the website and the check-in pages.
Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Ethiopia?
At this moment it is not mandatory to provide a vaccination registration or international certificate of vaccination against Covid-19, although we are still not sure whether the Ethiopian Government will decide to change this. For those who have been fully vaccinated, we highly advise them to bring a certificate and not forget the compulsory PCR negative test to enter Ethiopia.
What are the requirements for transit passengers in Ethiopia?
Transit passengers in Ethiopia are also required to present a digital RT PCR COVID-19 negative test taken at least 120 hours before entering Ethiopia and be issued with Trusted Travel (TT) codes that can be verified by airlines and Port Health authorities across the continent.
Travellers transiting Ethiopia from countries yet to onboard to the Trusted Travel Initiative should use the special uploader available through the UNDP-supported Global Haven partnership () for Covid-19 test results and vaccine certificates verification, which is available both on the website and the check-in pages.