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Ethiopia Travel Health Advice

Travellers to Ethiopia are recommended to have hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, meningococcus and cholera vaccinations. Malaria is prevalent in the lowlands (below 6,562 feet/2,000m) and altitude sickness may affect travellers to the highland areas, including Addis Ababa. Bilharzia is present in many of the lakes in Ethiopia and travellers are advised to drink boiled or bottled water, as waterborne diseases are prevalent. A rabies vaccination is recommended for anyone who will be spending a lot of time in wilderness areas or around animals, and a polio booster is recommended for adults who had the vaccine as children.

Medical facilities are poor outside of Addis Ababa, while in the capital hospitals are available but medical supplies are erratic; visitors should bring their own regular medications with them and arrange comprehensive medical insurance before travel.


View information on diseases:

Cholera, Hepatitis A, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Malaria, Schistosomiasis (bilharzia)

Our Travel Expert

Muluken Girma is a professional tour organiser and guide born and grew up in Addis Ababa. He has studied and graduated with a Tour Operations Management Diploma from the Catering and Tourism Training Institute of Addis Ababa in March 2004. Since then, he has been enjoying organising group and individual customised tours all over Ethiopia.

One of his recent achievements is to be selected as one of the Top 100 Tour Guides in the World in 2016 and 2017, and best tour guide in Addis Ababa by www.TourHQ.com.

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