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Security Alert: Ethiopia, Bole International Airport Is De Facto Repatriation Hub for U.S. Travelers

Travel Advisory: 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 – reservation@ethiopianskylighthotel.com or +251 116 818 181
  • Ghion Hotel – info@ghionhotel.com 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

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

Actions to Take:

· Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

· For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.

· Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.

· Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Equatorial Guinea

· Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States


· U.S. Embassy/Consulate Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Carretera Malabo II, (between the headquarters of
Sonagas and the offices
of the United Nations)

(+240) 333 09 57 41



· State Department - Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

· Equatorial Guinea Country Information

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