Other Information

Ethiopian Holidays

  • Enkutatash (Ethiopian New Year) : 11 September
  • Meskel (The find of the True Cross) : 27 September
  • Genna (Ethiopian Christmas: birth of Christ) : 7 January
  • Timkat (Ethiopian Epiphany: baptism of Christ) : 19 January
  • Adwa Day (commemorates the victory by Menelik II over Italy in 1896) : 2 March
  • Patriots’ Day (celebrates end of Italian occupation in 1941) : 6 April
  • International Labour Day : 1 May
  • Ethiopian Good Friday May : variable
  • Fasika (Ethiopian Easter Sunday) May or April : variable
  • Eid al Fitr (end of month of fasting for Ramadan) May : variable
  • Eid al Adha August : variable

Entry Points

For travellers using the railway, there is a border point at Djibouti. Point of entry to Ethiopia by car include Moyale (Kenya), Humera and Metema (Sudan), as well as Galafi (Djibout). All arrivals undergo full customs and immigration checks. The vast majority of travelers however enter Ethiopia by plane through Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

Driving in Ethiopia

Drivers require a valid International Driving License, which can be obtained by exchanging their local license at the Transport and Road Authority office in Addis Ababa. Visitors can recover their original license a day or so prior to departure. Those with their own Vehicle will require a permit from the ministry of Transport and communication. Driving is on the right