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Ethiopia travel restrictions & quarantine rules

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The travel advice is Reconsider your need to travel to Ethiopia. Ethiopia is Moderate restrictions for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to Ethiopia. Ethiopia is part of Africa with main city at Addis Ababa. Its Least Developed country with a population of 92M people. The main currency is Ethiopian Birr. The languages spoken are Amharic.
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🚨 Travel Advice for Ethiopia

Moderate restrictions

for travel
International travel to Ethiopia is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine, are exempt from the self-isolation requirement.

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolation for 7 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation. The address where self-isolation will be completed must be provided on arrival.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 who can provide a certificate of recovery, issued within 90 days before arrival, are exempt from the self-isolation requirement.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative RT-PCR test, taken within the previous 5 days, must be provided on arrival. The 5-day time frame begins when the sample is provided and not when the certificate is issued. Authorities may also require travelers to show a valid test result before boarding. - Africa Union Trusted Travel - UNDP Global Haven

Other medical measures

All passengers are subject to health screening on arrival, such as temperature checks. Further health testing may be required for those displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These travelers will be taken to a government-designated facility for testing and follow-up care. All costs incurred will be at the traveler's expense.

Additional documents required

A health screening questionnaire must be completed on arrival.
For more details Foreign Travel Advice, United Kingdom

Government measures

Across the country, social gatherings are limited to 50 people and private home gatherings, such as birthday parties, are limited to family members only. Gatherings of more than 50 people require authorization from local authorities. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. We recommend keeping up-to-date with official guidelines throughout your trip.

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating with limits to capacity in place.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open with seating limited to a maximum of 3 people per table to allow for social distancing.

Bars

Bars are open with seating limited to a maximum of 3 people per table to allow for social distancing.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Physical contact with other people is not permitted.

Shops

Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer, face masks, and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements. Vaccinated travelers will be tested on arrival and must self-isolate for 24 hours or until a negative result is confirmed on the test taken on arrival.
Travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least a single dose of the vaccine, not more than 180 days before departure, are permitted to travel and are exempt from undergoing 14-day isolation requirements.
Travelers who have received the Sputnik vaccine are also required to undergo additional serologic and PCR testing on arrival. Travelers will undergo quarantine until a positive serologic test and negative PCR test results are confirmed. Those testing negative on the serologic test are required to isolate for 14 days with the option to reduce this period by taking a supervised rapid antigen testing from the seventh day.
The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days and not more than 180 days before departure. Exemptions also apply to those who have received a vaccine booster after a full course of vaccination, if administered at least 14 days before departure. Full details on accepted vaccines and certificates can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/abroad/certificates-recognized-by-israel/

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. This period can be shortened if two consecutive test results are confirmed negative, one taken on arrival and a second test taken on the seventh day of the isolation period.
Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 must self-isolate until a second test is confirmed negative taken on the third day of the isolation period. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 190 days of departure, or a recovery certificate.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be presented on departure and arrival. Alternatively, a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure. The test results must be in English with the traveler's passport number stated on the document. Self-tests are not accepted.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This will require proof of a positive PCR test result, taken at least 8 days before and not older than 180 days of departure, or a recovery certificate. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
This does not apply to travelers returning to Israel within 72 hours after departing Israel. Less than 72 hours must have passed since travelers have landed abroad and the departure time to Israel. These travelers will undergo PCR testing on arrival.
Those traveling to Israel on indirect flights, with more than 24 hours between the departure of the first flight and the flight landing in Israel, are required proof of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Israel.

Testing on arrival

A PCR test will be administered on arrival. The test costs 80 ILS if pre-paid during the 'entry statement' process, 100 ILS if paid with a credit card on arrival, and 115 ILS if paid with cash on arrival. Only Israeli currency will be accepted for cash payments on arrival.

Travel restriction details for Ethiopia

🚫 Destination Quarantine required
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Open with restrictions
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational with restrictions transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for Ethiopia

Government directives to help limit the spread of COVID-19 currently include:
Any person known to be infected with coronavirus is prohibited from entering the country, mixing or meeting with other people in any way that may spread the virus
Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people. Gatherings of over 50 people must be authorised by the relevant authority.
Organisers and participants must comply with all measures outlined in the Ministry of Health Directive, from page 20. Personal in-home gatherings such as birthday parties may only include family members.
Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition)
Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed
Any person that suspects they have COVID-19 must report to the Ministry of Health or Ethiopian Public Health Institute (call 8335 or 952) to be tested
All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants
Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation
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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for Ethiopia

Reconsider your need to travel

Violence has continued to escalate and conflict has spread in the northern regions of Ethiopia. The level of advice for the Regional State of Tigray and surrounding areas remains 'do not travel' (level 4 of 4) due to ongoing armed clashes and deadly violence. Commercial flights are suspended, land borders are closed and communications networks are disrupted. If you’re staying in Tigray, shelter in place, monitor the media and follow instructions issued by the authorities. The Government of Ethiopia has temporarily ceased issuing visas on arrival and e-visas. You'll need a combination of evidence of vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from the illness or an electronic COVID-19 test certificate to enter, depart or transit through Ethiopia (see 'Travel'). We now advise: Reconsider your need to travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing civil unrest, armed conflicts in the north of the country and the risk of them spreading to new areas without warning.
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