The Government of Ethiopia restricts the amount of foreign currency that travelers may bring into and out of Ethiopia. The following regulations are strictly enforced at ports of entry, including Bole International Airport:
- Visitors to Ethiopia may hold up to a maximum of 1,000 Ethiopian birr per trip to and from Ethiopia and must declare all foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of $3,000 when entering the country.
- Residents of Ethiopia may not hold foreign currency for more than 30 days after declaring it. Nonresidents may hold foreign currency for the duration of their visa.
- When departing Ethiopia, nonresidents carrying more than the equivalent of $3,000 in foreign currency and residents carrying any amount of foreign currency must produce a valid bank document or foreign currency customs declaration that is less than 30 days old.
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, at +251-111-306-000 or e-mail at email@example.com, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000.
- 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).
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