Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. In the long and disturbed history of the African continent, Ethiopia remains the only country which has never been colonized. Ethiopia was a founding member of the AU and is home to the African Union's headquarters. The Old Testament of the Bible records the Queen of Sheba's visit to Jerusalem. Ethiopia is located on the eastern Horn of Africa, but is cut off from the Indian Ocean by three other narrow countries. The history of Christianity in Ethiopia stretches back to Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian official on the Gaza road in Acts 8. With 84 distinct language groups, Ethiopia is still a focus of Bible translation activity. Please consider joining us on a MAST in Ethiopia.
- A travel visa can be obtained at the airport (Visa-on-arrival) for $50 USD.
- One blank Visa page for stamp upon entry.
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
- Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.
- Yellow Fever and Polio vaccines are required. You must have this available for inspection on arrival in-country.
- Please visit this website for more health information and suggestions CDC Information for Ethiopia.
- Anti-malaria medication is also strongly recommended.
- Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
- Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
- If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.
- For Men:
- Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc., in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
- For Women:
- National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress, but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
- Socially acceptable and expected footwear:
- Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. Africans wash their shoes and are often shocked at the condition of many Expat’s shoes. There is a proverb, “as you dress so shall you be perceived."
- Make sure to check the local weather before you travel! Anywhere in the world can be chilly! A light sweater or jacket will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.
Things to bring:
- Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
- Bug spray or wipes with Deet, small flashlight, and small battery powered fan.
- A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
- Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
- Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.), if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
- Have a copy of your itinerary for your returning flight (with you name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible. It is always good to have a copy of your passport.
Things to Know:
- Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
- There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
- Notify your bank that you will be in Ethiopia so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.