Travel Alert: Private U.S. Citizens Transiting Through Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Event:  Private U.S. Citizens Transiting Through Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Effective:  Wednesday March 25, 2020

Please note that the situation in Ethiopia is fluid and subject to change without notice. 

Ethiopian Airlines is continuing flights.  As a result, Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa is the de facto repatriation hub for U.S. travelers.  The information below is intended to highlight some of the requirements and complexities of traveling through Addis at present.

Mandatory Quarantine: As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) has instituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine procedure for all individuals entering Ethiopia.  There are two different types of passengers and at this time, they are being treated as follows:

Ethiopia as a final destination:  Individuals must quarantine at their own expense at one of these designated hotels:

Skylight Hotel – or +251 116 818 181

Ghion Hotel – or +251 115 513 222


The Skylight Hotel should be the first choice since it is in close proximity to the airport. Please note that the Ghion Hotel is the less expensive hotel, but the Embassy has received numerous complaints about the condition of the hotel (no hot water, unclean, limited food) so travelers should be aware that the hotel may not meet their expectations based on U.S. standards.  As more passengers are required to quarantine, we expect the list of hotels to grow. 


Transit Passengers: At this time, transiting commercial passengers are quarantined at one of the above hotels until it is time to return to Bole International Airport for their flight to the United States.  If a passenger arrived on a regularly-scheduled commercial flight they can remain in temporary quarantine until their next flight. 

 Post strongly recommends transiting passengers make every attempt to avoid layovers requiring an overnight stay. We would further recommend attempting to find transit directly to the U.S. with no layover. 

Symptomatic Passengers: If any transiting passengers appear symptomatic for COVID-19 (likely manifested through the presence of a fever), they will be taken to Bole Chefa Health clinic to be further tested.  These individuals must remain under the supervision of medical professionals within Ethiopia until cleared. Bole Chefa Health Clinic does not approximate U.S. standards for care or comfort.

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