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Ethiopia Travel Safety Checklist

Normal Precautions

Ethiopia is a relatively safe country, with a stable government. However, it is dangerous to travel to the border areas near Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea. Other than that, you may encounter some petty crime in Addis Ababa, but it’s typically not a concern anywhere else.

Be a Savvy Traveler
  • Stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night or in the dark.
  • Keep your belongings near you, especially on public transport, at stations and terminals, at outdoor cafes and in any crowded area.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Be on alert if a stranger strikes up an unprompted conversation or otherwise tries to distract you.
  • Try not to use ATMs at night.
  • Take only registered taxis and other transportation. It’s a good idea to take a photo of the cab number in case there’s an issue or if you leave something in the cab.