Requirements for Entry:
World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination.
Obtain your visa before traveling. Contact the Embassy of Ethiopia for the most current visa information. Apply for an eVisa on the website for the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs. Tourist visas are also available upon arrival at Bole International Airport, though not for U.S. citizens of Somali or Eritrean descent. Overseas inquiries should be made at the nearest Ethiopian Embassy or Consulate.
Foreign Currency Restrictions:
Visitors to Ethiopia may hold up to a maximum of 1,000 ETB per trip to and from Ethiopia. This limit is extended to 4,000 ETB for a person travelling to Djibouti.
Residents of Ethiopia must declare all foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of $1,000 when entering the country.
Nonresidents of Ethiopia must declare all foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of $3,000 when entering the country.
Residents of Ethiopia may not hold foreign currency for more than 30 days after declaring it. Nonresidents may hold foreign currency for the duration of their visa.
When departing Ethiopia, nonresidents carrying more than the equivalent of $3,000 in foreign currency and residents carrying any amount of foreign currency must produce a valid bank document or foreign currency customs declaration that is less than 30 days old.
Ivory, Animal Skins, Souvenirs, Precious Stones and Minerals, Antiques/Artifacts:
Travelers transporting ivory may be detained, imprisoned, or fined and the ivory may be confiscated.
Contact the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority. Souvenirs that are copies of antiques and religious artifacts require a proper receipt but still may be confiscated.
Export permits processed by the Export Section of the airport customs office are required for antiques, including religious artifacts, Ethiopian crosses, and animal skins and other wildlife parts. Contact the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority for a permit.
There are limits on the amount of precious stones and minerals that can be exported for personal use. Check with local authorities if in doubt.
See our Customs and Import Restrictions information sheet.
Laptop computers and video equipment other than for personal use must be declared upon arrival and departure.
Some recording devices may require special customs permits. If these items are being used for work, you should contact the Ethiopian Embassy or the Ethiopian Ministry of Communications before you travel.
The Embassy cannot assist with obtaining permits or the return of confiscated equipment.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Ethiopia. Please verify this with the Ethiopian Embassy before you travel.