Which part of Ethiopia can you safely travel to? Based on FCO’s travel advice



Most developed countries regularly publish/update travel warnings/advice to their citizens planning to travel abroad. The two most sharpest and often updated travel advice are US’s Travel Warning and UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

We look at FCO’s latest travel advice on Ethiopia. It was updated on 19 February 2016 but is still current at March 9, 2016. The details of the travel updates by the US and other European Countries is not much different from the following advice of the UK.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to:

  • within 10 km of the border with Eritrea, with the exception of the main road through Axum and Adigrat, and tourist sites close to the road (e.g. Debre Damo and Yeha)
  • areas off the principal roads/towns within 10 km of the borders with Sudan and Kenya
  • within 10 km of the border with South Sudan
  • the Nogob (previously Fik), Jarar (previously Degehabur), Shabelle (previously Gode), Korahe and Dollo (previously Warder) zones of the Somali region.
  • within 100 km of the Ethiopian border with Somalia and Kenya in the Afder and Liben zones of Ethiopia’s Somali region
  • the Danakil desert area: north of the Mille-Djibouti and Mille-Chifra roads, and east of the towns of Bere-Ale, Shehet, Didigsala and Chifra
  • the four woredas (districts) (Akobo, Wantawo, Jikawo and Lare) of the Nuer zone and the Jore woreda of the Agnuak zone of the Gambella region

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

  • Ziway Wored and Adami Tulu in the East Shewa Zone and Shahemene, Arsi Negele, Seraro, Kofele, Dodola, and Kokosa Woredas in West Arsi Zone in the Oromia region (this includes travel from Ziway town to Hawassa town, including the Lake Langano area)
  • west and south-west Shewa zones in the Oromia region (this area includes the popular tourist destination of Wenchi Crater)
  • Jijiga town
  • Three woredas of the Agnuak zone of the Gambella region that border on South Sudan (Dima, Goge and Etang) and the Gambella Wildlife Reserve (taking into account the advice against all travel to within 10km of the border with South Sudan)

Whether total ban or warning on non essential travel, the above map shows that traveling to most parts of Ethiopia is not advisable.

Looking at the above  list one may wonder which part/region of Ethiopia can anyone/tourist or investor or else travel safely? What does Ethiopia’s PM Hailemariam mean when he says “ ‘We are an island of stability in a troubled region’“.

Compare this with Kenya….below

Which part of Ethiopia is stable and safe to travel to or work/invest?

Please read the details of the advice HERE!