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Frequently Asked Question

 

LOCATION

Ethiopia is located in the Eastern part of Africa (Horn of Africa) bordering Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. It is the 10th largest country in Africa; its capital city is Addis Ababa with a population of more than five million people.

POPULATION

Ethiopia is located in the Eastern part of Africa (Horn of Africa) bordering Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, and Kenya. It is the 10th largest country in Africa; The current population is about 79 million, making it the third most populated country in Africa.

CLIMATE

The majority of the country consists in high plateaus which give Ethiopia its kind and sunny climate. There are four seasons: summer, winter, autumn and spring begins in September, summer runs roughly from December to the middle of March when a light rainy season begins. The heavy rain season runs from June through September.

VISAS

Entry-visas can be obtained from all the Ethiopian Embassies abroad or directly at the airport in Addis Ababa. For more information about visa issue, please refer http://www.tourethiopia/new/Travel_tips.html

Visas can be proceeds on arrival at bole international airport for the following countries . ARGENTINA . AUSTRALIA . AUSTRIA . BELGIUM . BRAZIL . CANADA . CHINA . DENMARK . FINLAND . FRANCE . GERMANY . GREECE . IRELAND . ISRAEL . ITALY . JAPAN . KOREA REPUBLIC . KUWAIT . LUXEMBOURG . MEXICO . NETHERLANDS . NEW ZEALAND . NORWAY . POLAND . PORTUGAL . RUSSIAN FEDERATION . SOUTH AFRICA . SPAIN . SWEDEN . SWITZERLAND . TAIWAN (PROVINCE OF CHINA) . UNITED KINGDOM . UNITED STATES

ELECTRICITY

220 volts. Plugs are of the two-pin variety.

CURRENCY

The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr which circulates in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, & 100 Birr as well as five coins, 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 cents and 1 birr. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency imported into Ethiopia. Foreign currency should be declared on arrival, when leaving, visitors can change the local money back into foreign currency. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized banks and hotels. Banks are present in all cities and towns, their working hours are: Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 11:30 am.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL FACILITIES

Visitors must be in possession of a valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever. Malaria precautions are strongly recommended for those who visit the lowland parts of the country, vaccination against cholera and Hepatitis are also recommended as precautions. It is also strongly recommended that tourists come equipped with mosquito repellent, long-sleeve shirts, long pants and sneakers to be used after sunset. Small private clinics and hospitals are available in major cities and towns.

CALENDAR

Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, instead of the Gregorian calendar used in most other parts of the world. The year is divided into 13 months the twelve months are have equal 30’s days and the last month have 5 or 6 days during leap year.

TIME

Ethiopia is three zones ahead of GMT. Rather than beginning the new day after mid at night, Ethiopians begin of the new day at what is traditionally considered by Westerners to be 6 am. Therefore when in Western time it is 7:00 am in Ethiopian time it is 1:00am, Western noon is 6 o’clock Ethiopian time. Times remain constant throughout the year and it is calculated in the same manner as that of many equatorial countries, where day and at night are the same length.

COMMUNICATION

Telephone, Telefax, Internet and Postal service are available throughout the country. The mobile net is now working almost everywhere in the country, therefore it is possible to call and to receive and send SMS text messages.

FOOD, DRINK AND CLOTHING

The Ethiopian food is very tasty. They eat “injera”, a sour pancake made from a cereal called “teff”, combined with all kinds of sauces prepared with meat, fish and vegetables. Visitors are strongly recommended to try the local food, at least once during their trip; in Addis Ababa it is possible to find a lot of ethnic restaurants.

Spring/Aqua packed water, Gassy and still mineral water, along with soft drinks, are now available throughout the country. There are several brands of locally produced beer, which are of an international standard. There are homemade alcoholic drinks such as ‘tela’/homemade beer, ‘tej’/homemade wine and ‘kati kala’/ distilled liquor from various grains.

Light clothing is recommended during the day and warmer clothing during at night time.

LANGUAGE

Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia, although English, Italian, French and Arabic are widely spoken. There are over 80 languages and 200 dialects spoken throughout the country.