Travel guide

Rock churches and the Rift Valley.

In this cradle of humanity (Lucy’s skeleton was found here in 1904), this East African country is a journey into unknown lands and unsuspected charms. A world of its own in a land that has never been colonized. It has managed to preserve its Orthodox religion despite the strong influence of Islam.

Split in two by the great Rift Valley, it’s a pleasure to explore the area and observe its unique topography!

Time difference



Ethiopian Birr


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Amharic, the language of Ethiopia :
  • Good morning / Good evening = Salamno / Tenastelin
  • How are you? = Denané (m) Denanesh (f)
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Dena antes (m) / anchi (f)
  • Do you speak French/English? = Farnzagna/englizegna techenalé (m)/ techeyallesh (f) ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Gabagne / Algabagne
  • Sorry = Aznallehu
  • Goodbye = Ciao
  • Welcome = Inkwan dena mété/ Inkwan dena métésh
  • Thank you (very much) = Amasseguénalo (batam)
  • Excuse me/Please = Yikirta
  • I am French = Inae ke farenzainegne
  • My name is… = Seme … no
  • No thanks = Ay, amasseguenalo
  • Yes/No = awo/ay
  • You’re welcome = Cheger yellem

Key figures

Surface area: 1.104 million km²

105 million inhabitants (2017)

Good to know


Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended. It may be required on entry to the country for travellers from countries where it is endemic.

Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • anti-tuberculosis treatment

Other recommended vaccinations :

depending on local travel conditions, vaccination against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.

It is preferable to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis A + C + Y + W135.

Vaccination against rabies may also be recommended in certain cases, particularly for young children and isolated travellers. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination center for advice.


A visa is required to visit Ethiopia for any purpose. Visas can be obtained before departure from the Ethiopian embassy in Paris or via the Internet using the E-Visa procedure: or on arrival at Bole international airport in Addis Ababa (payment in €/$ currency in cash only).

As a reminder, the entire country or a large part of it is not recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (December 2019)