Food

Food The Ethiopian national dish consists of Injera, made out of grain known as Teff. Originally, Teff used to grow only in Ethiopia. Now, it is gaining worldwide attentions for its nutritional value as it is gluten and cholesterol free. After Teff is fermented, it is cooked as a flatbread (similar to a pancake) and called Injera. The Injera is then served with different kinds of cooked meat, vegetables and sauce. The sauces are generally spiced with Berbere, a blend of herbs and spices (including hot peppers) which gives the food an Ethiopian taste.

Cultural Customs

Cultural Customs In Ethiopia, a handshake greeting is normal, with a pleasant discussion on personal matters before getting down to business. After a close personal relationship has been established, people of the same sex may kiss three times on the cheeks. Greetings should never be rushed and it is appropriate to inquire about the person’s family, health, job, etc. The offer of tea and coffee is very common and provides a setting to discuss and understand Ethiopia through the lens of the local people.

Photography and Filming tours

Film crews interested in visiting Ethiopia must submit a media accreditation application to the Ministry of Information, and follow the guidelines for filming in Ethiopia. When you submits the application on the email address listed on the application, please remember to include us on the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can follow up on your application with you.

Visa Requirements

In order for visa to be granted, the following are prerequisites: Current passport, it must be valid for at least six months One recent passport-size photograph. Copy of Green card or I-94 or Work Permit (Except US National).

Tourist Visa Prior to Arrival.

A completed visa application form (click to download). Service fees will be paid in money order or Cashiers Check or Certified bank check made payable to Embassy of Ethiopia; view a chart (click to download) of the visa types and associated fees. A self addressed return envelop with sufficient prepaid postage (for those using mail service); If all the necessary requirements are fulfilled, the visa can be issued on the next two or three business day.

Tourist Visa on Arrival

Tourist visa, can be issued for three months on arrival at Bole International Airport for nationals and residents of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Democratic people's Republic of Korea (northern Korea), Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (South Korea), the Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Business VISA

All business visa applicants should attach a letter addressed to Ethiopian Embassy from his /her organization explaining the purpose of his/her travels. US Officials or Diplomats traveling with Diplomatic, Official or Service Passport must bring an official letter from US State Department. Officials or Diplomats of other countries traveling with Diplomatic, official or service Passport must bring official letter from appropriate Authorities or Embassies. The passport must be valid for at least six months. One recent passport-size photograph. Copy of Green Card or I-94 or Work Permit (Except US National). A letter from his/her organization explaining the purpose of his/her travels.

Health and Medical

All visitors should be in possession of valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Immunization for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Polio is recommended. In many sites malaria is not a problem because of the elevation — this is true of Axum, Gondar and Lalibela for example, but it can occur in Bahir Dar at the end of the rainy season and after unseasonable rains. Chloroquine resistant strains have been identified in some areas so you should consult your doctor about the prescription.

Climate and Clothing

Because of elevation, the temperature rarely exceed 25°C (77°F) in most of the country, although in some of the lower lying areas (Awash, Omo and Mago parks) it can get considerably hotter. Pack light clothes for the daytime and jacket or sweater for the evenings, and a good pair of walking shoes even if you are not going trekking-path ways around historic sites is usually uneven and stony. Trekkers in the Simian and Bale Mountains will need warm clothes, waterproofs and 3-4 season sleeping bags. A cultural note: Ethiopians are generally modest dressers and visitors should be sensitive about going underdressed into places of worship. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques — for getting around sites like Lalibela with its many churches airline socks are very useful.

When To Come

In most of the country, the main rainy season runs from June to the end of September, with short rains in March. In the Omo and Mago parks however, in Southern Ethiopia, the seasons are different with the main rains from March to June, and shorter rains in November. With the upgrading of the airports along the historic route (Axum, Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar), it is now possible to visit the north even in the rainy season. For travelers who do not mind waiting out a downpour (usually followed by brilliant sunshine) there are certain rewards — a green countryside full of crops and flowers and the sites largely to yourselves.

Subcategories

There are many great national and local holidays and celebrations throughout the year in Ethiopia. Every one of the parish churches and the monasteries of the Orthodox Tewahido Church all have at least one minor monthly and one major annual festival. These may share origins with Christian, Muslim and tribal festivals elsewhere in the world, but have indigenous characteristics unique to Ethiopia. If you can, try to plan your trip around one of the following spectacular festivals:

Genna (Ethiopian Christmas) in Lalibela

Observed two weeks after European Christmas on January 7 with a colorful midnight mass on January 6.

Timket (Epiphany)

Celebrated on the 18th to 19th of January annually or the 20th January during a leap year. This involves a colorful procession of priests and followers singing and dancing. They carry the Tabots (replicas of the Holy Ark of the Covenant that sanctifies and sits on the altar of every Ethiopian Orthodox Church inside the Holy of Holies) from their sanctuaries amongst the celebrants. Observed on January 19, Timket is the most popular national holiday among Ethiopian Christians. The best venues for Timket are Addis Ababa, Gondar and Lalibela.

Meskel (Finding the true cross)

The Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross, Meskel, is celebrated by Ethiopian Christians throughout the country every year on September 26/27, in honor of the Finding of the True Cross of Christ.

Fasika (Easter)

The Lenten fasting for fifty-five days before feasting on Fassika is the most popular prayer season in the Orthodox Tewahido Church. The attractions of this festival are the Good Friday service and the lively midnight mass on the eve, which adds to the exuberance of the holiday. The best venues for Fassika are Addis Ababa and Lalibela.
Ashenda

Ashenda or Shadey

is a festival celebrated in August (G.C.) in the Amhara and Tigray regions of Ethiopia, and in neighboring Eritrea.

Erecha

Erecha is celebrated in many parts of Ethiopia and the most popular one takes place at Bishoftu south-east of Addis Ababa and by the shores of Lake Hora.

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Welcome to Ethiopia- an ancient wonderland with rich cultural traditions, architectural remains, natural beauty and enormously hospitable people. Ethiopia has a history of over 3,000 years, which has been preserved in a remarkable manner. Only in Ethiopia will you find yourself dramatically transported back in time through the participation in sacred rituals of an archaic faith.

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