Entry Ethiopia and Border Crossing
Ethiopia has a population of 71.3 million people and a gross domestic product of US$ 11.2 billion. There are a number of issues to address in road safety in Ethiopia, including major risk factors, coordination of road safety work, institutional capacity and data collection systems. Ethiopia prepared the “National Road Safety Strategic Plan of Ethiopia 2011 to 2021 “ to address the road security and safety issues.
From time to time due to various political or community issues there are road constraints put in place by the government for a period of time. This could happen in some regions of the country. Currently there is conflict and unrest in the region of Tigray, so there are possible security issues on routes that lead to Tigray.
Entry to Ethiopia by Visa
The Government of Ethiopia (GOE) has steadily expanded its road network in recent years. As of the end of 2018/19, Ethiopia had 138,127 kilometres (85,825 miles) of all-weather roads – about 39% of the required road network in the country. The Ethiopian Roads Authority plans to build an additional 10,000 kilometres of road at a cost of 41 billion Birr ($1.24 Billion) in the coming year. In the past fifteen years, the GOE has been vigorously engaged in new road construction as well as expansion of the existing road network through Ethiopia's Road Sector Development Programs (RSDP).
Ethiopia Semera - Abala Route
There are 7 check points on the road from Semera to Abala. The first check point is manned by both EDF and Federal Police. Vehicles cannot pass without the authorization of police commissioner at Semera. Special Authorization and written communication to EDF/Federal Police and Regional bodies for facilitating and supporting humanitarian assistance to Tigray.
Djibouti–Ethiopia border crossings
Ethiopia-Eritrea border boom
Ethiopia Railway Connections
Ethiopia’s Land Borders Open?
Ethiopia–Kenya border crossings
approximately 12 hours (and 300 Birr → 14 Eur) you reach Harar, still in Ethiopia. The best is to spend a night here, do the hyena feeding and stroll through the wonderful old city. Next stop should be Jijiga. The bus stop in Harar is close to the “Shoa Gate”. Mini buses depart frequently but unregulary they wait until they´re full. It takes two and a half hour, costs 40 Birr (2 Eur), landscape is beautiful. The driver probable tries to charge extra for your luggage, but there is no need to accept it. You better buy some biscuit before and make friends with other passengers so that they support you :) Best strategy!
Ethiopia–Kenya border crossings
ethiopia sudan border crossing
The Ethiopia online visa (also known as the Electronic Visa or eVisa for Ethiopia) is available to the majority of travelers.
The eVisa is quick and easy to acquire by completing a simple Ethiopia online visa application form, which takes a matter of minutes to fill in. This accessibility eliminates the need to go to an embassy to apply for a visa, which takes longer to process than the online option.
Find out who is eligible for an eVisa by checking the Ethiopia visa requirements.
Other regions where foreign travelers should be careful when visiting are:
- Somali Regional State
- Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State
- Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR)
- The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State
The rest of Ethiopia is generally considered safe for foreign nationals.
As with visiting any country, it is advisable for all travelers to be vigilant of their surroundings and take care of their personal belongings.