Ethiopia Essentials

A list of essential information about Ethiopia, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Amharic

Currency:  Birr (ETB) – check latest exchange rates on

Visas: Nearly all visitors can obtain 30-day visas (US$50) on arrival at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport. If arriving by land, obtain your visa in advance. See visa requirements for more details.

Time zone: East Africa Time EAT (UTC+3)

Dialling code: +251

Emergency codes: Police 999, Medical 997, Fire 998. From mobile phones dial 112 or 911.

Capital city: Addis Ababa

Population: 102 million

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from – available in over 150 countries.

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz AC. Ethiopia uses the below AC power plug and socket – generally with two round pins. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

Ethiopia Essentials

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