Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
A. Is it safe to travel in Ethiopia?
Generally Ethiopia is the safest country to travel with less record of crime. However in some crowded areas it is advisable to beware of pickpockets and avoid carrying large sums of money in accessible pockets. Beside this there is almost no violent theft & robbery.
B. When is the best time to visit Ethiopia?
This can depend on where you are going. In most part of the country the main rainy season runs from end of June to mid September, with short rain in March. However in the southern part of Ethiopia down to the Omo Valley the seasons are different with the main rains from end of March to June and short rains in November. However due to global weather change it is difficult to be absolutely definitive about the rains.
Currently due to the upgrading of the roads and daily flights along the Historic route (Axum, Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar) it is now possible to visit the historic route throughout the year.
When you come to Afar (Danakil / Dallol depression), which is considered the hottest place in Ethiopia, day time temperature frequently rise above 50oC, however the average temperature is 34oC. So the best time to visit is on the relatively cool season between Octobers to March.
C. How can I get my visa?
Visa application may be obtained at Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas; however nationals of 36 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visa on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Check Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, North Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United State of America.
D. Can I pay in credit card?
Yes, we accept payment in VISA & MasterCard but only on the physical presence of the client in our office; however there is an additional of 2.5% surcharge charge. Mainly we accept payment from our clients by a wire transfer of money to our bank account.
E. What is the typical challenge while trekking in the Simien and Bale Mountains?
Since most places in the Simien and Bale Mountains are above 3,000 meters sea level the major problem is altitude sickness. The symptoms include headache, shortness of breath & exhaustion. So we recommend clients to consult there doctor and bring the necessary medicine for it & it’s always good to take simple first aid kit with you. The other challenge is since the places are mountains there are lots of ups & down as a result the client must be fit physically as well as medically.
F. Is it safe to drink tap water?
No, we don’t advice you to drink tap water, since you are staying in the country for short time it is better to avoid any risks. And almost every where in Ethiopia bottled water is available for sale starting from 0.5 up to 2 liters. We also recommend tourists to drink enough water especially when it is hot, not to face dehydration.
G. What is the maximum Luggage Allowance for the domestic flight?
For the domestic flights the maximum luggage allowance is 20kg and 7kg for hand – luggage