Alert: Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar 

Location: Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar 

Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of police and military activity in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar.  Expect road closures and checkpoints in and around both cities, which may delay or prevent movement in or out of either city by road.  Cellular data and internet are turned off.

Bole International Airport is fully operational.

All Chief of Mission personnel currently outside of Addis Ababa have been advised to return to Addis Ababa by airplane as soon as they can safely do so.  Those who cannot fly and those currently in Addis Ababa are sheltering in place.

Actions to Take:

  • Return to Addis Ababa by air if possible; otherwise shelter in place.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events.
  • Avoid large crowds and demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.



U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Ethiopia Country Information

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