Ethiopia Mission Stop

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Itinerary:

Day

Activity

Sunday, September 13

Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Monday, September 14

Business to Business meetings and networking with government and business officials

Travel Information:

The US Commercial Service in Ethiopia welcomes all participants to this year’s Trade winds. If you have any issues before or upon arrival please contact Senior Commercial Officer Tanya Cole at Tanya.Cole@trade.gov or +251-11-130-6683.

Visa Requirements

A visa is required to enter Ethiopia. Travelers are advised to obtain a valid Ethiopian visa at the nearest Ethiopian Embassy prior to arrival. Ethiopian tourist visas (one month or three month, single entry) are available to U.S. citizens upon arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. The on-arrival visa process is available only at Bole International Airport and is not available at any of the other airports in Ethiopia. The visa fee at Bole International Airport is payable in U.S. dollars. Current visa fees are $50 for one month and $70 for 3 months – both are only for single entry. In some instances, U.S. tourist and business travelers have not been permitted to receive visas at Bole International Airport or have been significantly delayed. A Government of Ethiopia policy prevents travelers born in Eritrea, regardless of their current nationality, from receiving tourist visas at the airport.

Viit the Embassy of Ethiopia website for the most current visa information.

Medical Requirements

All travelers over one (1) year of age coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission are required to show proof of vaccination (International Certificate of Vaccination, known also as a yellow card.)

The CDC recommends that all travellers to Ethiopia be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.

For more information please visit the U.S. State Department Ethiopia travel page and our FAQ page.

Hotel Accommodation

The US Commercial Service in Ethiopia welcomes all participants to this year’s Trade winds. If you have any issues before or upon arrival please contact Senior Commercial Officer Tanya Cole at Tanya.Cole@trade.gov or +251-11-130-6683.

A group booking has been made by the Foreign Commercial Service in Ethiopia for all participants at the hotel below.

Sheraton Addis

Taitu Street, P.O. Box 6002, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone + 251-11-517-1717

http://www.sheratonaddis.com/
Rate: ($315) (single occupancy rate, including breakfast)

High speed internet available, 17USD per day

The block code to make reservation is TradeWindsEthiopia2015 and bookings can be made online http://sheratonaddis.com , by email reservations.addisethiopia@luxurycollection.com, or by phone 1-800-325-3589.

Airport Transportation

A complimentary shuttle from Sheraton Addis is available every hour. No advanced reservation is required. The Sheraton Addis has a Hospitality Booth at the airport attended by hotel's representatives who are happy to greet and inform guests. Guests can contact hotel's representatives at the Hospitality Booth at +251-11-911-200-047.

Currency Exchange

Currency exchanges is available at the airport and the hotel.

Banks have two sets of hours: cash and business. They are open for cash transactions all day from 08.00 to 15.00 including lunchtime Monday to Friday and Saturday 08.00 to 12.00.Business hours are from 08.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 17.00 Monday through Thursday and 08.00 to 11.00 and 13.00 to 17.00 on Friday. All the major banks offer currency exchange. The two private banks have similar working hours.

Some credit cards are accepted in the major hotels and some of the larger restaurants. American Express is the most widely accepted. The Sheraton and Hilton also accept Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, Access, and Eurocard.

Non-residents traveling to Ethiopia must declare any/all foreign currency in excess of $3000 USD (or its equivalent). Non-residents departing Ethiopia may carry a maximum of $3000 USD (or its equivalent), unless they can produce a customs declaration, bank slip showing the purchase of foreign currency, or letter confirming that they were paid by an Embassy or foreign organization in Ethiopia. Any traveler entering or exiting Ethiopia may carry a maximum of 200 Ethiopian Birr on their person or in their luggage.



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