Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens
January 11, 2017
The Embassy is monitoring a report of an explosion on January 10, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the Gondaon Intasole Hotel located in Gondar in Amhara State. Ethiopian Federal Police have confirmed that one person was killed and at least six individuals were injured as a result of the incident. The U.S. Embassy is temporarily suspending all travel for U.S. Chief of Mission employees to Gondar until further notice.
The Embassy continues to remind U.S. citizens of the risks associated with traveling to Ethiopia at this time. The current version of the Department of State’s Travel Warning for Ethiopia can be found here: Ethiopia Travel Warning.
The Embassy would remind U.S. citizens traveling to or in Ethiopia to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Ethiopia.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, located at Entoto Street, P.O. Box 1014, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at +251-11-130-6000 Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call +251-11-130-6911 or 011-130-6000 and ask to speak with the duty officer.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).