Ethiopia destination information

All you need to know before visiting Ethiopia

Ethiopia summary

Ethiopia is a big country with around 92M Ethiopian. Official language is Amharic. Ethiopia uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+03:00. Currency used in Ethiopia is Ethiopian Birr (ETB).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 113
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 211

ATMs in Ethiopia are Rare. Internet speed in Ethiopia is on average 2.2 Mbps. In Ethiopia you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Addis Ababa
🗣️ Amharic
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 92M ☀️ ~23 °C 🌧 ~61 mm 👍 Least Developed 🚩 1104k km2 (426k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Ethiopia uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

Languages 🗣️

  • Amharic


Currency 💱

1 ETB = 0.03 USD

Ethiopia uses the Ethiopian birr (symbol: Br), code ETB.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1 birrs. Birr is subdivided into 100 santims. Coins come in denominations of 1 birr and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 santims.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are rare in Ethiopia. Your best bet is to look for them in large cities and community places.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Ethiopia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Ethiopia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Universal :


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Calling ☎️


To call Ethiopia, dial +, then 251 (the country code for Ethiopia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within Ethiopia, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 11 .

international: + 251 11 1234567
calling local: 011 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Ethiopia is on average 2.2 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Ethiopia is very low. It's quite hard to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 423.98 ETB, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 1 telecoms: Ethio Telecom.


Rules 🚗

In Ethiopia you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 30-50 km/h (18-31 mph) in all built-up areas and 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on undivided highways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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Visa Exemption

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Passport Strength

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Ethiopian embassies

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