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Ethiopia Travel Restrictions

2,72% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 2,58% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Ethiopia.
Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Ethiopia with a negative COVID-19 test result.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from Ethiopia for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Outgoing travel to EthiopiaTravelling from South Africa to Ethiopia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 120 hours before departing to Ethiopia.

Details and exceptions

All travelers, except children under the age of 10 and transit passengers, are required to present a negative PCR test taken 120 hours prior to flight schedule.

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 7 days upon entering Ethiopia.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

All passengers are required to self-quarantine at home for 7 days.

Tourists or passengers who will attend a conference for an emergency will be tested with either PCR or Antigen-Based RDT test. If the result is negative, they will be exempted from the 7-day isolation period.

Diplomats who are unable to present a negative test on arrival will not be required to isolate for 7 days provided that they will present a negative COVID-19 test result (RT PCR or Antigen-Based RDT) on arrival. If they refuse to get a COVID-19 test on arrival, they will have to isolate for 14 days.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from Ethiopia

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from Ethiopia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from Ethiopia are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for Ethiopia

Masks:Required in public spaces and public transportation.

FAQs

  • Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Ethiopia with a negative COVID-19 test result. Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Ethiopia.

  • Vaccinated visitors from South Africa can enter Ethiopia with a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter Ethiopia.

  • Travelers coming from South Africa will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 120 hours before departure.

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated travellers from South Africa are required to isolate for 7 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Mask usage in Ethiopia is required in public spaces and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in Ethiopia are closed. Bars in Ethiopia are closed.