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About Ethiopia

Home to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ethiopia’s history is rich and beautiful. A nation comprised of mountains, volcanoes, and deserts has a long religious history as it is mentioned 40+ times in the Bible, as home to Queen of Sheba. Ethiopia is a melting pot of religions and people of all faiths live together peacefully and with respect for one another. Another big part of the culture revolves around coffee. Many Ethiopians enjoy several cups a day and the traditional coffee ceremony is an experience worth seeking. Ethiopia is now the number one coffee exporter in the entire world. Along with beautiful people, the country is home to 924 bird species and 279 mammal species, including critically endangered, endangered, and vulnerable animals. Ethiopia is truly a gem full of energetic life, culture, and history. Don’t forget to try Ethiopia’s staple food, injera, while you explore.

Land: Ethiopia covers an area of 1,104,300 square kilometers (approx..426372 square miles)

Climate: There are two seasons, October -May, wet season, June -September.

Topography: Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 300-2000 meters in the north and center of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise above 4000 meters .The most famous Ethiopian river is blue Nile (or Abbay) which flows north a distance of 1450 kilometers from its source in Lake Tana to join the white Nile in Khartoum ,Sudan.

People: The population is estimated at 102,374,044

Economy:  More than 70 percent of the population earns a living from the land, mainly as subsistence farmers. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principal export from this sector are coffee oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and food staff for animals. There is also a thriving animal sector, exporting cattle, hides and skins.

Language: Ethiopia is a multiethnic state with 83 languages and 200 dialects. Amharic is the working language for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Oromiffa, Tigrigna and guragina are widely spoken

Electric Supply: Ethiopia uses 220 volts 50 cycles AC. Plugs are European two- pin

Time: Ethiopia is in GMT +3 time zone. It follows the Julian calendar which consists of 12 months of 30days each and 13th month of five or six days (on a leap year).

Currency: The units of currency is birr and cents. Notes are 100,50,10,5and 1 birr. The 1-birr coin is also in circulation. ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are found in major Addis Ababa hotels, shopping malls and at Bole international airport. It is important to retain currency exchange receipts.

Health Requirements: A yellow fever certificate for some African destinations. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited cholera -infected area within six-day prior to arrival in Ethiopia.

Visa Information

Visas are required for all foreign visitors to Ethiopia, with the exceptions of nationals of Kenya and Djibouti. Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas.

Option 1: Tourist Visas
Nationals of 37 countries are allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia. Alternatively nationals of these countries can apply for a tourist visa online at The list includes Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, SOuth Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

Option 2: Business Visas
Ethiopian Business Visa types
There are numerous types of Business Visas for Ethiopia which permit visitors to enter for various reasons. The visas allow visitors to enter Ethiopia through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

  1. Conference Visa - Conference visas are issued to visitors who have received an invitation to a conference, seminar or workshop which has been organized by the Ethiopian Ministry or Department of the Government, Regional State Governments, Educational Institutions and Universities or organizations, the United Nations, the African Union or reputable NGOs. You can apply for an E-Visa prior to travel at


Visa Requirements

  1. Visa Type: Business Visa
  2. Citizenship
  3. Conference Information

    Conference Name: 3rd African Animal Welfare Conference 
    Start Date: 02 Sep 2019
    End Date: 04 Sep 2019

  4. Inviting Company Information

    Company Category: NGO
    Company Name: African Network for Animal Welfare
    Address: P.O.Box 3731-00506 Nairobi, Kenya
    Phone # +2540206006510

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  12. Application Letter
    Upload Invitation Letter issued by inviting company to the applicant

  13. Registration License
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Top Attractions

• Visit the Lucy Replica and other antiquarian relics at the National Museum of Ethiopia
• Stop by the Trinity Cathedral to pay your respects at Haile Selassie’s Tomb
• You may also visit the Haile Selassie’s Palace which is now home to the Ethnographic Museum
• Explore St. George’s Cathedral and visit the attached museum
• Learn about the Derg Regime at the Red Terror Museum
• Refuel at Tomoca Coffee or swing by Kaldi’s for an Ethiopian macchiato.
• Get some fresh air in Menagesha Suba Forest Park or take a drive to visit Mount Entoto for a view of Addis Ababa
• Wander through Merkato Market, the largest open market in Africa, but be mindful of your belongings as the market is very hectic
• Up for an evening of dancing? Yod Abyssinia for some traditional Ethiopian food, music, and dancing

Restaurant Recommendations

1. Yod Abyssinia- Traditional food and Ethiopian music and dance
2. Kategna- Traditional food
3. Lucy Restaurant- everything (great lunch spot)
4. Effoi Pizza - Pizza with a rooftop bar
5. Gusto Restaurant- Italian food
6. Tomoca Coffee

AAW Conference

Africa Animal Welfare Conference is an annual conference co-hosted by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) in collaboration with UN Environment for professionals and practitioners, coming together to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation.

Office Locations

Suite 2, 1st Floor
Westend Place Building, Mai Mahiu Rd

Off Mbagathi, Lang'ata Round About.

Nairobi, Kenya.