Security Alert: Impromptu Roadblocks and Large Gatherings

The U.S. Embassy is monitoring numerous reports of impromptu, private roadblocks preventing safe travel on major roads leading into and out of Addis Ababa and throughout the Oromia region.  Additionally, the Embassy is monitoring reports of large gatherings in the Bole Rwanda and Bole Japan areas of Addis Ababa, which should be avoided.

All Chief of Mission personnel of the U.S. Embassy currently in Harar, Dira Dawa, and other cities in Oromia have been advised to return to Addis Ababa using air travel as soon as possible.  If vehicle travel from these locations to Addis Ababa is required, personnel have been advised to shelter in place rather than travel.  Further, Chief of Mission personnel are not permitted to travel outside of Addis Ababa by vehicle at this time.

 Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for breaking events.
  • Avoid large crowds and demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.


U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Ethiopia Country Information

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