Town Hall Meeting

Dear U.S. Citizens, Ambassador Michael Raynor invites you to a Town Hall at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All adult U.S. citizens living in Ethiopia are invited to attend. You will receive updates on U.S. initiatives in Ethiopia, as well as information on consular services for ...
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Message for U.S Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting

Dear U.S. Citizens, Please save the date and mark your calendars! Ambassador Michael Raynor invites you to a Town Hall at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. All adult U.S. citizens living in Ethiopia are invited to attend. You will receive updates on U.S. initiatives in Ethiopia, ...
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Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location: Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) Event: The Ethiopia Public Health Emergency Management Directorate is investigating a probable yellow fever outbreak in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).  To date, there have been 32 suspected cases and 9 deaths reported in Offa Woreda in the Wolaita Zone. U.S. government personnel who ...
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Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18, 2018) Location:  Addis Ababa Event:  On September 19, the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services in anticipation of protests planned throughout Addis Ababa.  Embassy employees are instructed to stay at home.  U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should contact the after-hours emergency number ...
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Security Alert- U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Addis Ababa Event:  The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor reports of protests, civil unrest, and violence throughout Addis Ababa, with police deployed in response.  These incidents may continue with little or no warning.  Expect an increased police presence and be prepared for road closures at various points throughout the city. U.S. government personnel are advised ...
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Travel Alert – Addis Ababa

Location: Addis Ababa Event: The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor reports of protests, civil unrest, and violence throughout Addis Ababa, with police deployed in response.  These incidents may continue through the weekend with little or no warning.  Expect an increased police presence and be prepared for road closures, especially along the border between Addis Ababa ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Addis Ababa  Event: The U.S. Embassy is monitoring reports of protest and unrest throughout Addis Ababa, with police deployed in response.  These incidents may continue through the weekend with little or no warning.  Expect an increased police presence and be prepared for road closures. U.S. Government personnel are advised to avoid non-essential road movements in ...
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Alert: There are reports of protests, roadblocks, and unrest in Gulele Sub-city

Location: Gulele Sub-city (near CDC office), Edna Mall, Merkato areas–Addis Ababa Event: There are reports of protests, roadblocks, and unrest in Gulele Sub-city (near the CDC branch office), Edna Mall, and the Merkato areas of Addis Ababa. Federal police are responding. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid these areas. Actions to Take: · Monitor ...
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Travel Alert: Gedeo and West Guji

Location: Gedeo and West Guji in Ethiopia Event: There are reports of incidents of violence in the areas of Gedeo and West Guji.  Those who find themselves in these regions should be particularly aware of their surroundings, avoid large gatherings, and shelter in place as necessary.  U.S. Embassy personnel are avoiding travel to the area until ...
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Travel Alert Jijiga

Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia and the general Somali Region Event: While media are reporting that the situation on the ground appears to be improving, there are still reports of sporadic incidents of violence in Jijiga, Dire Dawa and other areas in the Somali region. The airport in Jijiga reportedly remains closed to regularly scheduled commercial flights. ...
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Alert: Civil Unrest in the Somali Region

Location: Somali Region, Ethiopia Event: Media continue to report sporadic on-going unrest in various parts of Ethiopia’s Somali region. While the unrest appears to be centered around Jijiga, there are reports of incidents of violence in Dire Dawa and other areas of the Somali region. US Embassy personnel are avoiding the region until the situation ...
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Alert: Civil Unrest in Jijiga

Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia Event: Ethiopia’s National Defense Force has seized control of key highways, government buildings, and the airport in Jijiga, capital of Ethiopia’s Somali region, media report. According to media reports, churches, businesses, houses, and cars throughout the area have come under attack, as have Amhara and Oromo minority groups. No U.S. Embassy personnel ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Event: The Embassy is aware of protests, road closures, and ongoing police activity in and around Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid this area. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for breaking events. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings. Keep ...
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Security Alert – Gondar

Location: Gondar Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of protests, violence, and civil unrest in and around the city of Gondar. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid travel to Gondar. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Gondar. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Gondar, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Location: Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters and National Stadium in Addis Ababa Event: Protests are occurring at the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Headquarters and National Stadium in Addis Ababa. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid these areas. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of protests. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your ...
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Security Alert – Bale Goba

Location: Bale Goba Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violence and civil unrest in and around the city of Bale Goba in the Oromia regional state. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Bale Goba. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Bale Goba, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. ...
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Security Alert – Debre Markos

Location: Debre Markos Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violence and civil unrest in and around the city of Debre Markos. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Debre Markos. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Debre Markos, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Notify friends and family of ...
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Security Alert from Addis Ababa

Location: Asosa Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of violence and civil unrest in the city of Asosa. Actions to Take: Avoid travel to Asosa. Monitor local media for updates. If you are already in Asosa, seek secure shelter. Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Notify friends and family of your safety. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Addis ...
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Security Alert Explosion in Meskel Square

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Event: The Embassy is closely following reports of a confirmed explosion at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa. U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid this area.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for breaking events. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a low profile. ...
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Security Alert Demonstration in Meskel Square

Location: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Event: A demonstration to show solidarity with Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Meskel Square in Addis Ababa.  The rally is expected to be peaceful, but demonstrations or rallies that begin peacefully can sometimes change tenor. This event is expected ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location: Countrywide Event: The Government of Ethiopia has lifted the State of Emergency that was imposed on February 16, 2018.  Visitors should remain vigilant when traveling in Ethiopia due to the potential for unexpected incidents of civil unrest and communications disruptions. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your ...
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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (June 1, 2018)

Location:  All points of entry country-wide Event:  Following a reported outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in a remote northwestern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopian authorities are routinely screening all international travelers at all 34 points of entry into Ethiopia, including Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa by thermal scanning and ...
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U.S. Embassy Warns of Scams – There Are No Fees to Enter the Embassy or American Spaces

The U.S. Embassy has been alerted to reports of scams, where unsuspecting residents are offered access to the Embassy compound for visa interviews, or to visit American Spaces.  The Embassy wishes to reiterate that no such fees are required. The Embassy’s American Spaces Program offers free public access to facilities that include state of the ...
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Passport Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35. The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Event:  Reports of civil unrest.  Road closures in affected areas could disrupt transportation links to and from Addis Ababa and the availability of goods and services within the capital.  The U.S. Embassy continues to restrict travel for Embassy personnel to areas outside of Addis Ababa. Location:  Country-wide, to include areas immediately surrounding Addis Ababa Actions ...
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Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 16, 2018)

Travel Advisory Update Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to the potential for civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, and landmines. Reconsider travel to: The East Hararge region of Oromia state due to civil unrest. The ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 16, 2018)

Location:  Addis Ababa Event:  As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy is temporarily suspending all travel outside of Addis Ababa for Embassy personnel.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, and follow the instructions of local authorities. Employ sound security practices. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location:  Nationwide Event:  Following this afternoon’s resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Embassy Addis Ababa is closely monitoring Ethiopia’s reaction.  While we are not currently aware of any impact on the security environment, this significant political development may lead to unpredictable security issues. At this time, all travel for embassy personnel outside of Addis Ababa ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 14, 2018)

Location:  Oromia Region Event:  The “stay at home” strike has largely ended; however, the impact of the strike continues to affects many parts of Oromia region.  Public transportation in Oromia has not fully resumed normal operations; expect delays and limited service.  There are reports of protests in the cities of Jimma and Awaday.  There are ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (February 12, 2018)

Location:  Oromia and Amhara Regions Event:  A “stay at home” strike is underway throughout the Oromia and Amhara regions and is expected to last through February 15.  There have been reports of protestors in both regions engaging public transport buses with rocks and rioting.  There are also reports of road blocks along the border between ...
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Security Alert

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (January 11, 2018) Location:  Danakil Depression Event:  Due to the evolving security situation, Embassy personnel are restricted from travel to the Danakil Depression. Actions to Take: Reconsider travel to the Danakil Depression. Employ sound security practices. Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events. Avoid large ...
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