The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Addis Ababa to
avoid large crowds and places where both Ethiopians and westerners
frequent. The Embassy has received threat reports of al-Shabaab’s intent
to target the Bole area. Restaurants, hotels, bars, places of worship,
supermarkets, and shopping malls in the Bole Area should be avoided until further
notice because they are possible targets for a potential imminent terrorist
attack. While the exact location of this planned terrorist attack is not
known, U.S. citizens should continue to maintain heightened personal security
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or
residing in Ethiopia enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment
Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and
makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you
in an emergency. If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department's website,
where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information
For additional information, refer to the "Traveler's
Checklist" on the State Department's website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date
information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free
in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These
numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through
Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us onTwitter and Facebook to
have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is located at Entoto
Street, P.O. Box 1014. The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached by
telephone: +251-111-306-130 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For after-hours emergencies,
U.S. citizens should call +251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 and ask to speak
with the duty officer.