The Land of OriginsHome to a uniquely stunning landscape teeming with wildlife, soulful people, and the oldest early human remains, Ethiopia is a country like no other. Located in the “Horn of Africa,” not too far from the Arabian Sea, the landlocked country’s massive landscape draws visitors from around the globe to appreciate its sheer size and diversity. From exploring the lowest point in Africa at Danakil Depression to trekking 3000m above sea level in the Simien and Bale mountains, adventurers are in for a real treat. Greatly underrated as a premier wildlife destination, the Ethiopian wolf, Walia Ibex, Mountain Nyala, Gelada Baboons, and black lions all make an impressive lineup for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Ethiopia. Not only is Ethiopia rich in natural wonders, but the country is also rich in culture and history. The most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor ever discovered was found in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, where numerous tribes eagerly await to share their ancient ways of life with you.
Be in the know before you go
Visitors to Ethiopia need a valid passport, eVisa, or visa upon arrival and World Health Organization (WHO) card with yellow fever vaccination. Travelers can apply for an eVisa on the website for the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs. While tourist visas are also available upon arrival at Bole International Airport, some travelers have experienced significant delays in obtaining their visas upon arrival. Contact the Embassy of Ethiopia for the most current visa information. Overseas inquiries about visas should be made at the nearest Ethiopian embassy or consulate.
U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa
Entoto Street PO Box 1014 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 011-130-6000
Fax: +251-11-124-2435 and +251-11-124-2419
Please take note that laptop computers and video equipment intended for anything other than 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 U.S. Embassy cannot assist with obtaining permits or the return of confiscated equipment.