COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [10/2022]

The CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  

For more information see: Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions 

Entry and Exit Requirements 

  • Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? A COVID-19 test is no longer required for people who can prove they have received at least 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, or for those travelers who have proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days. Please check the government airline website for the most up to date information:
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
12 and under, regardless of vaccination status 13 and older who are vaccinated or less than 90 days recovered Unvaccinated Diplomats who do not present evidence of vaccination or test results Transit passengers not leaving the airport or airline hotel
Is a COVID test required? No No Yes No, but you will be tested at the airport upon entry No
What kind of COVID test is required? Not applicable Not applicable Negative PCR done up to 72 hours or

3 days before departure.

Negative antigen up to 24 hours before arriving

Not applicable Not applicable
Is quarantine required after entering Ethiopia? No No No Yes, 7 days Not applicable


  • The Government of Ethiopia defines “full vaccination” as two weeks after taking of the single dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Astra Zeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Moderna, and Pfizer.
  • The Government of Ethiopia notes that “Recovery refers to declaration of an individual free from COVID-19 which is decided according to the health professional on time-based, system-based and test-based criterions.  If a patient is asymptomatic, s/he will be declared recovered seven days after the day of sample collection for RT PCR test which turned positive or the day of positive Antigen RDT test. If a patient is symptomatic, s/he will be declared recovered after a minimum of seven days from the date the symptoms started and an additional three days without symptoms.”
  • As always, be sure to double check with the relevant authorities before planning travel as guidance may change.

Quarantine Information  

  •  Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

 COVID-19 Testing

The following entities provide testing services.  Please contact companies directly for information on the type of test, updated cost information and turnaround time.

  • Wudassie Diagnostic Center
    Churchill Road, Tewodros Square, MK Building
    Testing provided at the center or at home; group testing available
    Timing of results: Regular 8-10hrs, Express 3-5hrs, Antigen test 30 minutes
    Cost: Regular 8-10hrs 1,250 Birr, Express 3-5hrs 2,500 Birr, Antigen test (accepted by only a few countries) 30 minutes 1,250 Birr
    Timing of results: Regular 8-10hrs, Express 3-5hrs, Antigen test 30 minutes
    Cost: Regular 8-10hrs 1,250 Birr, Express 3-5hrs 2,500 Birr, Antigen test (accepted by only a few countries) 30 minutes 1,250 Birr
  • Washington Medical Center
    Phone: +251 93 951 5151
    Online reservation:
    Washington Medical Center (24hrs)
    Home visitation (make appointment)
    Millennium Hall Gate #1 (Drive Thru)
    Sheraton Addis Hotel inside
    Hilton Addis Hotel inside
    Ghion Hotel inside
    Bole Bulbula, Maryam Mazorya
    Hours: 24 hrs/day at the WMC, or 7am to 7pm daily all other locations
    Timing of test results: Regular 12hrs, Express 3hrs
    Cost: Regular 12hrs 500 Birr, Express 3hrs 1,500 Birr
  • American Medical Center 
    Phone: +251 11 667 8007/4
    Online reservation:
    Medical Center – inside Sunshine Real Estate Compound, Meri Luke
    Hours: Call to schedule appointment
    Timing of test results: Regular 12hrs (or less if sample given in the morning), Express 5hrsCost: Regular 12hrs 1,200 Birr, Express 5hrs 2,500 Birr
  • Precision Clinical Laboratory (PCL)
    Phone: +251 94 374 7474
    Online reservation:
    Medical Center
    Edna Mall
    Medhanialem Mall by Daamat Hotel
    Hours: 24 hrs/day, no appointment necessary
    Timing of test results: Regular 12hrs, Express 6hrs, Molecular test 30 minutes
    Cost: Regular 12hrs 890 Birr, Express 6hrs1,200 Birr, Molecular test (for limited countries) within 30 minutes 2,400 Birr

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Are vaccines available in Ethiopia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes  
    • Covishield from Serum Institute of India (same vaccine as AstraZeneca from Oxford University) and Pfizer are available in Ethiopia.
    • The GOE launched the 3rd National COVID-19 vaccination drive across Ethiopia on June 9, As of 10/13/2022, the GOE has administered over 52.5 million doses and 43.1 people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  According to the GOE, 36.8 million people have completed their vaccine series.  The GOE has 15.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines available including AstraZeneca, J&J, Sino Pharm, and Pfizer for vaccination of adults age 18 years and over including U.S. citizens resident in Ethiopia.  Pfizer is also available for adolescents age 12-17 years old.  Booster doses are also available to those who have received their initial vaccination at least 6 months prior to completion of the primary series.  The GOE is planning to launch another National COVID-19 vaccination drive before the end of the year. COVID-19 vaccinations are free and offered at various locations including local health facilities, health posts, and through outreach.  Please contact your local health authority for additional information.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.

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