2021 Covid Update: Can you travel to Ethiopia during the pandemic?

DAME Africa always has the best of your travel interests at heart. You should look at us as your guardian angel when it comes to travelling in and around Africa. Now more than ever, the need to double and triple check travel destinations has been heightened due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a strong rebuttal, many of your favourite travel destinations have taken the pains to put measures in place in a bid to assure the rest of the world that they are still open for business. One of such popular destinations is Ethiopia.

Ethiopia bears a lot of fascinating history. She wears the crown as one of the earliest sites of evidence for modern human existence. The country’s identity is also grounded in the amalgamation of orthodox Christianity and Islamic beliefs, and about 80 different ethnic groups and dialects. In order to experience all Ethiopia has to offer, you only need to book a flight with Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia’s national carrier and Africa’s most recognized airline worldwide – a testament to Ethiopia’s high regard for travel and tourism.

Till this day, Ethiopia’s COVID-19 numbers remain lower than many other countries. The Ethiopian government put its foot down early on with the COVID protocols and never looked back. It is for this reason – and a number of others – that Ethiopia has been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council. The idea behind this pronouncement is to inform regular travellers that Ethiopia’s government and establishments have adopted standardized health and hygiene protocols, so frequenters and explorers can experience ‘safe travels’ in and around this region.

For tourists looking to have a taste of Ethiopia around this time, it is imperative to note that a negative COVID-19 PCR test result is expected to be presented upon arrival. This test should also have been taken at most 120 hours before arrival in Ethiopia.

The key in these times is to travel responsibly. And on the scale of things, Ethiopia gives you enough reason to do so.