Health & Safety Travel in Ethiopia


Visit your GP 6-8 weeks before departure to ensure you are up to date with vaccinations. 

You may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate on entry to Ethiopia.

Stomach upsets are unfortunately common.

You may be able to get prescription antibiotics and anti-diarrhoea medication from your GP or travel clinic in advance of your trip – this is advised, especially if travelling in remote areas where hygiene is poorer and clinics are few and far between. Rehydration sachets, painkillers, antiseptic wipes and a small first aid kit are also a good idea.

Reasonable private hospitals are available in Addis Ababa only.

Purchase comprehensive travel insurance, and ensure that it covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation.

Most of the country is at high altitude, so malaria is not a risk.

However, if you are planning to travel below 2,000m, anti malarial medication may be required. Consult your tour company and travel clinic for more information.

Other mosquito-borne illnesses include Dengue and Yellow Fever,

So be sure to wear long sleeves and trousers, bring insect repellent and use mosquito nets where provided.

Never swim or paddle in a lake in Ethiopia; 

All lakes contain Bilharzia (schistosomiasis), a freshwater parasite picked up through the skin. The only exception is Lake Langano, which has turned into a popular local resort for this reason.

Tap water is not safe to drink in Ethiopia.

Although local hygiene standards vary, wash your hands with hot water and soap whenever possible, and bring hand sanitiser for when it is not.

Take note of the local emergency number: 907.

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