COVID-19 Information

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Country-Specific Information:

Latest Updates: Effective October 5, 2020

Traveler with a test result of RT PCR coming through international airports in Ethiopia

    • Any international traveler above the age of ten , except transit passenger, coming through international airports of the country, shall bring a certificate of negative RT PCR test from the country he is coming from done up to 120 hours or five days before arriving in Ethiopia; after the traveler’s temperature and any COVID-19 symptoms have been checked at airport’s health control desk, his address shall be registered, and he has a duty to self-quarantine at home for seven days;
    • Without prejudice to sub-article (1) of this article, a diplomat with no certificate of negative RT PCR test has a duty to self-quarantine at home for 14 days;
    • If any traveler arriving at the Bole International Airport shows any symptom of COVID-19, he shall be taken to one of the temporary isolation centers prepared by the government where he will obtain follow up in accordance with the COVID-19 medical manual;
    • Any person who is corona virus positive is prohibited from entering the country.

Transit passenger passing through international airports of the country

    • Any transit passenger entering international airports of the country is not allowed to leave the airport and enter the city
    • Ethiopian Airlines and other concerned bodies have a duty to ensure the transit passenger does not leave the airport and enter the city;
    • Without prejudice to sub article 1 of this article, transit passengers with stop over for more than 24 are required to self-quarantine at the hotel designated by the air line. During such time, the airline and the hotel have the duty to ensure that the transit passenger do not mix with the general public
Ethiopian Ministry of Health Directive to prevent the spread of C-19.  Violation is punishable under criminal law.


Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • On September 23, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute issued a letter requiring all incoming travelers to Bole International Airport (BIA) to present a negative PCR test conducted within 120 hours/5 days of departure. The test results certificate must be dated
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, in Tigray
    • At this time, Tigray requires any person entering the State to quarantine for seven days unless the traveler presents a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) taken less than 24 hours prior to the time of arrival.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • Effective July 18, 2020 all arriving passengers entering Ethiopia must quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine location is determined as set forth above in the Entry and Exit Requirements section.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Embassy understands that private hospitals have limited testing kits for symptomatic patients. We recommend that you call to confirm availability before you go. For a non-exclusive list of private hospitals see:
  • If you are traveling and need a COVID-19 test to enter a country, International Clinical Laboratories (ICL) performs tests. We cannot confirm or guarantee the availability of or turnaround time for such tests or whether the test performed by ICL complies with the requirements of third countries. Please contact ICL at +251-114-67-1818 / 930-33-2480 / 967-94-1207 or for more information.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required in all forms of public transportation. There are passenger limits on buses, taxis, etc. exist but vary by region. In general, the number of people permitted in public transportation is 50% of normal capacity.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • The State of Emergency (SOE) does not specify the punishment for not wearing a mask or exceeding limits on gatherings. However, punishments for violations of the SOE range from 1000 to 200,000 birr and three years in jail.

Consular Operations:

  • ACS Services

    • Due to rising number of COVID-19 cases and ongoing staffing shortages, the American Citizen Services unit will ONLY provide passport service for verified life-or-death emergencies. Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel to the United States within 72 hours (3 business days). You must provide:
      • A copy of the bio page of your U.S. passport and proof of a valid visa or residency card showing that you will be permitted to exit Ethiopia;
      • Proof of the life-or-death emergency such as a death certificate, a statement from a mortuary, or a signed letter from a hospital or medical professional. Documents must be in English or translated in English.
      • Proof of international travel (itinerary, ticket, reservation) specific to the emergency
    • If you believe you qualify for an emergency passport, you MUST email the above documents to us at Do NOT visit the Embassy without an appointment, as you will not be permitted to enter.
    • Please note that the renewal of a passport with no emergency or for family visits, routine doctor’s appointments, school, and similar travel purposes do not qualify as life-or-death emergencies.
    • If you seek other American Citizen services, such as applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for your child, financial assistance, notarials, reporting an arrest, crime or death, please email to with the bio page of your U.S. passport, stating the service you seek, and how it qualifies as an emergency and we will contact you as soon as possible.
  • Visas

    • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
    • Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:

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