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Ethiopia Travel Health Advice

Travellers to Ethiopia are recommended to have hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcus, and cholera vaccinations. There is a risk of yellow fever in Ethiopia, and proof of vaccination is required if visitors are arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission or have transited through an airport of a country where yellow fever occurs.

Malaria is prevalent in the lowlands 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 travel insurance.

View information on diseases:

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

Our Travel Expert

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

One of his recent achievements is being selected as one of the Top 100 Tour Guides in the World in 2016 and 2017, and best tour guide in Addis Ababa by

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