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Ethiopia Travel Tips

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Surma girl put up adornementVisas - ImmigrationApart from nationals of Kenya all visitors to Ethiopia are required to have an entry visa and if you arrive by air it is expected for you to show an onward ticket. Obtaining a single entry tourist visa is not a problem but multiple entry visas are only issued to business travelers.

Ethiopian immigration issues visa upon arrival for the following countries:- Argentina Austria Australia Belgium Brazil Canada China Denmark France Germany Finland Greece Ireland Israel Italy Japan Korea Luxemburg Mexico Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Taiwan UK USA. We recommend you check your local Ethiopian Embassy or Consulate for the latest visa requirements.

Climate

Ethiopian climate varies according to the different geographical regions. The central plateau has a moderate climate with minimal seasonal temperature variation. The mean minimum during the coldest season is 5.5°C (42°F), while the mean maximum rarely exceeds 26°C (79°F). Temperature variations in the lowlands are much greater, and the heat in the desert and Red Sea Coastal areas is extreme, with occasional highs of 60°C (140°F).

Heavy rainfall occurs in most of the country from June to September. The central plateau also experiences a second, through much milder, rainy season between December and February. Average annual precipitation on the central plateau is roughly 48 inches. Average annual rainfall in the Ogaden, however is less than 4 inches. The western most region of Ethiopia receives an annual rainfall of nearly 80 inches.

Money

Travelers cheques are best taken in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling and cash is best taken in US Dollars. Some major credit cards are accepted at major hotels.

Banking - Business Hours

Banks

Monday to Thursday 0800-1200 and 1300-1700 Friday 0830-1130 and 1300-1700.

Shops

Monday to Friday: 0800-4230 and 1530-1930 Saturday: 0900-1300 and 1500-1900.

Travel Insurance

If you need medical care whilst in Ethiopia, it is best to be aware that medical providers may not accept payment through your insurance Company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local embassy or representative.

To be compensated you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts. It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country. You can check out the following websites which specialise in long term travelers, adventure travelers, backpackers and workers based abroad.
 

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Dear Davies, Well it's good to talk with you at last as Sammy has always been our contact, so first off can I just say thank you for organizing the most memorable holiday I have ever had in my life. Sammy and I have wanted to go on a safari for about 25 years but with a small child and both of us working the timing was never right, so with number one son married and Sammy working in Africa timing was now perfect. I fell in love with Africa, the people and THE MAASAI. Our accommodation in all the lodges was first class and ending up with a few days in Zanzibar was perfect. I can always tell when I have had a wonderful holiday because I never want to leave for home. When we plan our next safari we will certainly contact you!

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