When to go
PLEASE NOTE: due to a state of emergency having been declared by the Ethiopian government (October 2016) we are currently offering limited services in Ethiopia and encourage you to visit th FCO website for their update.
January to March is an especially popular time to go to Ethiopia as the weather is warm and pleasant, making the country ideal for touring. The largest Ethiopian festival, Timkat, is held in January and we run a small group tour that also takes in the historical sites.
Throughout most of Ethiopia the rainy season runs from July to August. In the Omo Valley, however, the main rains fall from March to June and in November. With the upgrading of the airports along the Historic Route, it is now possible to visit the north throughout the year.
Ethiopian Airlines operates daily London to Addis Ababa. Flying time is approximately 8 hours. Alternatively, Emirates operates flights to Addis Ababa via Dubai.
GMT +3 hours
UPDATE All visitors require visas. Visas may be purchased in advance from the Ethiopian Embassy. The visa application form can be downloaded from here: www.ethioembassy.org.uk A single entry 1 month visa is also issued on arrival at Bole Interntional Airport for US$50 (cash)
Parts of Ethiopia (Rift Valley and far South) are malarial and precautions should be taken. Yellow fever certificates are no longer requested on entry. Always consult your doctor at least six weeks before travel and refer to this useful NHS website, Fit For Travel for details of recommended vaccinations for your destination.