Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Location: Amhara, Tigray, and Afar Regions

Event: There are reports of renewed hostilities in parts of northern Ethiopia, and the security environment remains fluid in the Amhara, Tigray, and Afar regions.  The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens to avoid travel to these regions due to armed conflict and civil unrest.  U.S. citizens should leave conflict areas.

The State Department’s Travel Advisory for Ethiopia advises U.S. citizens to “Reconsider Travel” to Ethiopia and identifies several “Do Not Travel” areas, including the Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions, specific areas in the Oromia region, and Ethiopia’s border areas with Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Kenya.

The security situation in Addis Ababa is unchanged and the U.S. Embassy is providing routine and emergency consular services.  The consular section processes U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and can assist U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  Consular assistance outside of the Addis Ababa metropolitan area remains limited.

Contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit at for assistance.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid travel to Amhara, Tigray, and Afar regions.
  • Leave conflict areas.


  • U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    +251-111-306-000, +251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)
  • State Department – Consular Affairs:  +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444

The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.  We encourage U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security updates and to ensure you can be located in an emergency.