Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Travel Restrictions to Erta Ale

As a result of the death of a tourist by unidentified gunmen while hiking on the Erta Ale Volcano in Afar region, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has restricted travel to Erta Ale Volcano for Embassy personnel effective immediately. The Embassy recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel plans to Erta Ale.

All U.S. citizens are reminded that the security environment in Ethiopia is fluid and can deteriorate without warning.

U.S. citizens should employ sound security practices.  U.S. citizens should also remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; avoid large gatherings and demonstrations; monitor local news stations; and follow the instructions of local authorities

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