Visa and Immigration Requirements
Visas are required for all foreign visitors to Ethiopia, with the exception of nationals of Kenya and the Sudan. Visas may be obtained at Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas. However, nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia. The list includes Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
Foreign visitors to Ethiopia should be in possession of valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited a cholera-infected area within 6 days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.
Public holidays are celebrated according to the Ethiopian (Julian) Calendar which consists of the following:
September 2012– September 2013 Year
|September 11||Ethiopian New Year||National holiday|
|September 27||The Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)||Christian holiday|
|October 26||Id Al Adaha (Arafa)||Muslim holiday|
|January 7||Ethiopian Christmas||Christian holiday|
|January 19||Ethiopian Epiphany||Christian holiday|
|January 24||Prophet Mohamed’s Birthday(Maulid)||Muslim holiday|
|March 2||Victory of Adwa||National holiday|
|May 1||International Labor Day||National holiday|
|May 3||Ethiopian Good Friday||Christian holiday|
Ethiopian Patriots day
|May 28||Downfall of the Derg||National holiday|
|August 8||Id Al Fater (Ramadan)||Muslim holiday|
The maximum number of office closure days in a year is 12.
Government offices work 39 hours in a week. Office hours extend from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (lunch break from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.) Monday through Thursday, and from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Fridays.
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Most banks are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including lunch hours, Monday through Friday. Most banks are also open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Ethiopia has 3 public banks and 16 private banks, as well as numerous insurance companies (one public and 15 private) and 31 micro-finance institutions. Internationally recognized credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are available in Ethiopia through two leading Ethiopian banks, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and Dashen Bank. Until recently, Dashen Bank was the only Ethiopian bank to distribute Mastercard, but in March 2014 Awash International Bank (AIB) announced a partnership with Mastercard International.
List of Banks in Ethiopia:
List of Insurance Companies in Ethiopia:
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Most shops are open up to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Some shops, particularly supermarkets, are open on Sundays and public holidays.