Ethiopia travel information: Money
Summary - State Media have announced there were attacks targeted against senior regional government officials in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar on 22 June 2019. Roads in to and out of both cities may be closed at short notice. Anyone in Addis Ababa or the areas around Bahir Dar should keep a low profile and follow the advice of local authorities. All internet connections, including mobile data, are currently not working.
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 24 Jun 2019.
Ethiopia is largely a cash based society. Credit cards are accepted at only a very few outlets in Addis Ababa and it is not normally possible to get currency advances against a credit card. International bank and debit cards are accepted at major banks’ ATMs in the capital but there are very limited banking facilities in most other areas. Make sure you have an adequate supply of cash before travelling outside the capital.
If you change foreign currency into Birr, you should ensure that you keep your receipt, as without this you are unlikely to be able to change any left over money back at the end of your trip.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Ethiopia
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Visitors/Tourists: 523,000 in 2011
Amharic (official language) 33%
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