Most countries need a visa to enter Ethiopia. Single-entry 1 -3 month tourist visas can be issued upon arrival at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is no longer mandatoryin order to enter Ethiopia, but if you’ve recently traveled to a country where it is present you will need proof of immunization.
Currency and Money Matters
Foreign currency is rarely used in Ethiopia, instead you’ll be paying for most hotels, tours and food with Ethiopian currency — Birr. 1 Birr is divided into 100 cents. There are 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 Birr notes. The Birr is very stable and there is no significant difference between the official rate and black market rate.
Cash, Credit Cards and ATM’s
The US Dollar is the best foreign currency to bring with you to Ethiopia and it can be exchanged at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. US Dollars should be carried in cash (they do not accept travelers checks).
Getting to Ethiopia
Most people will arrive in Ethiopia by air at the Bole International Airport. Taxis are available as well as a regular minibuses and coaches to and from the city center.