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Latest Updated: Effective February 23, 2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

COVID-19 Testing

  • · Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Ethiopia? YES
  • · If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Each entity advertises that that they are and we are not aware of issues of delayed results. However, we cannot guarantee the turnaround time.
  • · We understand the following entities provide testing. Please contact the companies directly for information on the type of test and turnaround time:
    • International Clinical Laboratories: +251-114-67-1818 / 930-33-2480 / 967-94-1207 or travelers@icladdis.com for more information.
    • Wudassie Diagnostics: +251 941 565 656 (may provide in-home testing)
    • Washington Medical Center: +251 11 663 5969 (the Clinic also runs a drive-in testing site at Millenium Hall)
    • Suisse clinic – location between Kera and Kirkos sub city – **need to schedule appointment via phone # 0114161649** result within 24 hours.
    • American Medical Center – location inside Sunshine Compound  CMC area # 0116678007/0116678004, result within 24 hours (1500 Birr), for **urgent result 8 hour (4500 Birr)**
    • Hallelujah Medical Center – location next to Holy Trinity Cathedral phone # 0111261317, result within 24 hours (1400 Birr)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • · Has the government of Ethiopia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? NO
  • · The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  •  Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination

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
    • All incoming travelers to Bole International Airport (BIA) are required to present a negative PCR test conducted within 120 hours/5 days before arrival. 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? No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • All arriving passengers entering Ethiopia with a negative RT PCR test must still self-quarantine at home or in a hotel for 7 days. The quarantine location is determined as set forth above in the Entry and Exit Requirements section.

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:

Last Updated: February 23, 2021

American Citizen Services

The American Citizen Services unit at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has resumed limited routine processing of American citizen services.   We are currently processing passport renewals (adults and children).  To schedule your appointment and review the requirements to renew, please see our U.S. Citizen Services page – https://et.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.  Please do not take a passport renewal appointment for a different service, such as a notarial or first-time passport for a child.  We are not able to provide other services for those with an appointment for a passport renewal.

We have opened a limited number of CRBA appointments and we will gradually open more as circumstances permit and based on the efficacy of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts.  Please monitor our website for more appointments beginning in May.

PLEASE NOTE, that services will only be provided to those who comply with our COVID-19 restrictions set forth below. The failure to comply will result in a denial of service:

  1. Please complete the renewal application (DS 11 if renewing minor (5 years) passport or replace lost/stolen passport or DS-82 to renew 10 year passport) before you arrive;
  2. Bring a passport photo that complies with State Department requirements (see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/requirements/forms.html);
  3. Bring the appropriate passport renewal fee in cash (Ethiopian birr or U.S. dollars) or credit card (see https://et.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/188/US-Passport-Fee.pdf)
  4. Do not arrive more than 15 minutes before or after your appointment, in order to limit contact between visitors to the Consular Section;
  5. Wear a face covering.  We require every person over age 2 to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose.   We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone not wearing a proper face covering.  Please be considerate and help protect others.

Please watch our website for future announcements on provision of services

  • Visa Services

    • In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is only able to provide limited immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  We 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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html

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