Security Alert: Update on Security Situation in Ethiopia

The security environment in Ethiopia has deteriorated significantly in the last several days with a continued escalation of armed conflict and civil unrest in Amhara, Afar and Tigray. A significant portion of the A2 highway connecting Addis Ababa with cities to the north has been restricted by Federal authorities which has led to disruptions, stranded travelers, and a generally non-permissive travel environment. 

U.S. Embassy personnel are currently restricted from traveling outside of Addis Ababa city limits. We strongly suggest that U.S. citizens seriously reconsider travel to Ethiopia and those who are currently in Ethiopia consider making preparations to leave the country.

If you are a U.S. citizen, or if you have a U.S. citizen family member, in Ethiopia please register your presence in Ethiopia with us immediately at with the following information:

  • U.S. citizen’s full name and date of birth; 
  • The U.S. citizen’s U.S. passport number, if known; 
  • The U.S. citizen’s last known location and contact information 

Please also refer to our Travel Advisory issued on September 16, 2021, which recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider travel to Ethiopia.


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