Tips for Ethiopia Travel

Currency & Costs

The national currency of Ethiopia is Ethiopian Birr(ETB) and typically it exchanges at around 27-30 birr to 1 USD check here for the most current exchange rates. Costs of food and local products are very reasonable while imported products may feel quite expensive. Ideally when shopping here you will avoid "Western" products, as the costs are high and quality lower than in industrialized countries.

Health & Sanitation

Ethiopia does have some yellow fever therefore all travelers should be prepared to show proof at the airport, of having received a yellow fever vaccine at least 11 days before traveling to Ethiopia. This is only applicable to passengers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. Malaria transmission does occur outside Addis Ababa. We recommend preventing mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing, using insecticide, and mosquito nets. Sanitation in Ethiopia is not up to industrialized standards and all care should be taken when eating in restaurants to avoid uncooked foods, i.e. avoid salad, kitfo (raw meat) etc... Only drink bottled mineral water that is completely sealed.


Ethiopia has 3 seasons, although the length of each varies depending on the region. From late October through February it is the dry season. March and April are the months of a short rainy season, followed by May which is again dry and hot. June, July, August, September make up the long rainy season. All travelers should bring clothes to layer as temperatures may vary greatly as you travel north to south and vice versa.