Traveler Advisory

Ethiopia in October

Ethiopia in October is an ideal time to visit and travel. The main rainy season Kremt is over and the country green. Please keep in mind that Addis Ababa, the capital, is located in the highlands of Ethiopia (2300 – 2500 m altitude). A warm sweater for chilly evenings will be helpful. The sun is strong in these altitudes. Please bring your traditional clothes for our traditional evening event during the Conference!

Travelling to Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines

We advise participants to book Ethiopian Airlines for coming to Ethiopia. This will cut in half further local flight costs within Ethiopia.


Customs Requirements

You must declare any/all foreign currency in excess of 3000 USD (or its equivalent). You can only carry a maximum of 3000 USD (or it equivalent) when departing from Ethiopia.

Please keep all your bank slips showing the purchase of Ethiopian birr, you will need to show your air ticket, and slip when you finally depart from Ethiopia to exchange Ethiopian Birr in to USD. 

Please exchange all foreign currencies at your hotel desk or a bank. Most banks give service Monday to Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM   
Any traveler entering or exiting Ethiopia may carry a maximum of 200 Ethiopian Birr on their person or in their luggage.

Ethiopian customs rules limit the amount of precious metals or minerals imported or exported for personal use to a) 100 grams for gold and other precious metals; b) 30 grams for precious stones; c) 100 grams for semi-precious stones.

Permits are required before exporting either antiques or animal skins from Ethiopia. Antique religious artifacts, including “Ethiopian” crosses, require a permit for export. These permits can be processed by the Export Section of the Airport customs office. Even tourist souvenirs, especially crosses, may require such documentation if customs authorities deem it necessary, and/or may be confiscated by customs authorities if in excess of the allowable limit of precious metals as noted above. Animal skins must have an export permit, which can be obtained from the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority. Please also note that large Ethiopian crosses may not be taken on aircraft as hand luggage, as some airlines consider them to be potential weapons.

The ivory trade is banned in Ethiopia. Travelers must not carry any ivory jewelry.


Please note you may be required to take some vaccinations prior to travel, visit a physician or a travel health clinic 4 weeks before departure.

Food and water precautions

  • Do not drink tap water, unbolted beverages.
  • Do not eat fruits or vegetables unless they have been peeled or cooked.
  • Avoid cooked foods that are no longer piping hot. Cooked foods that have been left at room temperature are particularly hazardous.
  • Avoid unpasteurized milk and any products that might have been made from unpasteurized milk.
  • Avoid food and beverages obtained from street vendors.
  • Do not eat raw or undercooked meat or fish.

Wi-Fi Access 

Internet is complementary for room guests in most hotels in Addis Ababa. The United Nations Conference Center also has Wi-Fi access in and around the conference center.  


Ethio-telecom is only government owned service provider in Ethiopia. Post-paid sim cards are available at Ethio-telecom shops and some souvenir shops in hotels. Top up cards available in almost all shops and supermarkets.
You must present a copy of your passport, Ethiopian visa and 1 passport sized photographer to purchase sim cards. Sim cards are sold for less than 1.00 USD at Ethio-telecom shops and about 5-7 USD in souvenir shops.


Hotels participating with the 10th Triennial Conference of the African Potato Association have complimentary shuttles for their guests to and from Bole International Airport. The price of the shuttle is included in the hotel fee. When reserving a room, please indicate the dates and times transportation to and from the airport will be needed.