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Information for Participants


  1. Immigration Requirements
  2. Health Requirements
  3. Temporary Importation of Laptops and Other Conference Equipment
  4. Hotel Accommodation
  5. Airline Reservations
  6. ICT Services
  7. Transport
  8. General Information on Ethiopia
  9. Guidelines on Personal Security and Safety 
  10. Day Trip Destinations for Delegates
  11. Annex – List of Hotels

1. Immigration Requirements 

Meeting participants need to obtain their visas from the Ethiopian Embassy or consulate from the country they reside or travel from. For participants coming from countries that do not have Ethiopian embassies or consulates, the event organizer could get in touch with Ethiopian authorities to process visas on arrival. 

In order to assist participants in obtaining visas upon arrival, the secretariat of the Conference needs to receive the following particulars at least 10 working days before arrival at Bole International Airport:

a. Full name;
b. Nationality;
c. Flight details (arrival and departure)
d. Passport Number

In order apply for E-Visa (  participants need to send the following information to the event organizer at least before 15 working days.

a. Full name;
b. Nationality;
c. Flight details (arrival and departure)
d. Passport Number

The event organizer will issue an approved letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that will need to be attached to the online request with other required documentation.

Media E-visa request, (  Same as above.

Please note that an Ethiopian visa costs US$ 30.00 per person for meeting participants and $40 for journalists and the payment must be made either in US Dollars or in EURO at the time of issue. Holders of diplomatic and service passports as well as United Nations Laissez-Passer will receive visas gratis. Bank receipts for money changed at the airport must be kept securely as they may be asked for on departure.

COVID-19 Information for Conference Organizers and Participants: Ethiopia COVID-19 entry regulations/requirements has been lifted. However, please note the following prohibited activities and duties imposed:

It is prohibited for any person who knows he/she is infected with Coronavirus to enter the country. Any person showing COVID-19 symptoms has the duty to appropriately wear face mask, get self-test or test at health facility and follow and implement general COVID-19 preventive measures if tested positive. Any COVID-19 positive person shall isolate him/herself either at home or health facility according to the severity of the illness until declared recovered by a health professional.

2. Health Requirements

Those travelling to Ethiopia from countries where yellow fever is endemic should be in possession of a valid health certificate attesting to receipt of vaccination against yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for anyone who has visited or transited through a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia. Since Addis Ababa is situated at an altitude of 2,400 metres, it is advisable to take precautionary measures to avoid any health problems that might occur because of the high altitude. Individuals with chronic health conditions such as chest diseases (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, history of pulmonary embolism), heart diseases (heart failure, high blood pressure) etc. are advised to take particular care.

Services Available at UN Health Care Center (UNHCC)

The United Nations Health Care Centre, situated on the ground floor of the ECA Conference Centre, can provide emergency medical services to participants and delegates attending the Conference.

  • For acute health problems, UN Health Care Center (UNHCC) is available on a cost recovery basis. This means services will be provided and either the participant or the conference organizer/s will have to pay depending on prior arrangements.
  • For conferences for which the organizer/s would take charge of health issues of the participants, the modality of payments should be communicated in advanced to UNHCC.
  • For the 24hr/7 days emergency services, conference organizers are requested to pay the sum of $1 per external participant per day to cover nurses/doctors’ services, transport and telephone calls to facilities or other specialists in the country and abroad, irrespective of whether the clinic is used or not.
  • For individuals hired as consultants for conferences, a brief medical report is necessary to clear their fitness to live and work in an area of high altitude and should be void of serious health problems. The clinic is not responsible for the cost of treatment in health facilities in the city if these are required.
  • For emergency situations, UNHCC can be reached from any hotel in Addis Ababa on the following telephone numbers:
    • Reception: +251115443548 / +251115445502
    • Emergency room and ambulance service: + 251 929 90 84 33 or + 251 115 44 55 02

3. Temporary Importation of Laptops and Other Conference Equipment

To comply with the import customs regulations of the Government of Ethiopia, conference participants should declare conference equipment they may carry with them when entering the country.

Customs regulations of the Government of Ethiopia allow each participant to bring into the country one laptop computer for use at the Conference. Journalists which bring media equipment such as professional cameras and cinematography materials require prior approval by the responsible Ministry.  A detailed specification of the items to be brought in, together with the arrival/departure details of the participant should be registered. The items will be registered for temporary import by the customs office and they should be taken out of the country after the conference.

In order to assist with the temporary importation of such items, participants should send the following details to the organizer of the conference at least ten (10) working days in advance of the Conference:

(a) Full name of the person carrying the equipment;
(b) Detailed specifications of the items;
(c) A copy of the carrier’s passport data page;
(d) The date and time of arrival and departure.

The items will then be registered with the customs office as items for import prior to, and export following, the Conference.

4. Hotel Accommodation

Hotel rooms at special United Nations rates are available for participants staying at the hotels listed in the annex to the present note. These hotels are cleared and recommended by ECA Protocol Unit. All participants will be responsible for accommodation and additional costs: i.e. breakfast (where not included) telephone, internet/fax, room service, mini-bar and laundry, meals and must pay these directly to the hotel at checkout.

5. Airline Reservations

A number of international airlines operate to and from Addis Ababa. Participants must secure their return/onward air passage prior to arrival in Addis Ababa. Located in the Rotunda in the ECA complex, the offices of two travel agencies Safeway and Airlink – can assist with the re-confirmation of tickets and provide participants with travel and tour-related information. Depending on the type of request, this service may be provided at a certain cost.

Safeway Travel - Tel: +251 115 44 30 51 / 44 30 52 / 46 84 85 or +251 911 510961 (mobile)
Air Link Travel - Tel: +251 115 44 43 33/ 44 43 34/ 44 43 65 or 44 43 37

Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways also have offices in the Rotunda. Please have your ticket with you when visiting the travel agencies or the airlines to reconfirm your flights.

6. ICT Services

The United Nations Conference Centre is fully equipped with Wi-Fi. In addition, the following ICTSS services are available upon advance request:

  • Rental of PCs (up to 30), printers (up to 5), desktop (up to 15)
  • Black-and-white and color printer services
  • Desktop and heavy duty printers
  • Scanners
  • Internet access – cable and Wi-Fi
  • WebEx
  • Video Conference
  • Live streaming
  • Four IT training rooms

Full technical support is available from the ECA Help Desk (tel.: +251 115443123; ext.: 33123; Technical support for presentations must be arranged in advance with the Conference Centre support team.

* Please be advised that Blackberry Services are not available in Ethiopia.

 7. Transport

Bole International Airport is located just 5 kilometers from the UNCC-AA. Based on initial arrangement, shuttle buses may be made available to participants back and forth from hotels to the conference venue in the mornings and at the end of the daily sessions.

If you would like transportation in Addis Ababa outside of conference time or to take you to the airport at the end of the Conference, there are various metre-taxis available that you can call and book your service. Some of these are: Ride (8294 or +251913135534), ZayRide (6303), ETTA (8707), Taxiye (6055), Pick Pick Taxi (6111), Feres (6090), Seregela (7878).  Alternatively, participants can request assistance from the reception desk staff at their hotel, or take the yellow or blue taxis parked outside their hotel. 

8. General Information on Ethiopia

Ethiopia is an expansive, landlocked country in the horn of Africa. Its capital city, Addis Ababa, is situated at an altitude of 2,400 metres. Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic State with eighty-three (83) languages and two hundred (200) dialects. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principal exports from this sector include coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and animal feed. About 90 per cent of the population earns its living from the land. There is also a vibrant livestock sector, exports from which include cattle, hides and skins.

The population of Ethiopia is estimated at 110 million. Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic State with 83 languages and 200 dialects. While Amharic is the widely spoken local language, Afaan Oromo, Tigrigna, Somali and Afar languages have also been recently added as official federal working languages.  English, French, Italian and Arabic are also spoken, mainly in Addis Ababa.


Ethiopia has two main seasons. The dry season lasts from October to May, and the rainy season starts in late June and ends in September. Temperatures depend on the season and altitude. Since there is the possibility of cool weather at night and after heavy rains, you may want to bring light jacket or sweater.

Mobile Phones

Participants are encouraged to bring with them a dual-band mobile handset (900/1800 MHZ). The national telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom, sells SIM cards with pre-charged airtime. The initial subscription costs 30 Ethiopian birr (for more details see

Electric Supply

The electric supply in Ethiopia is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles, and is AC-accessible via a 13-amp, two-pin (European) socket.

Currency: Birr

Ethiopian currency is denominated in “Birr” and “centimes”. The exchange rate fluctuates. The prevailing exchange rate can be found here (

Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, the branch of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia located in the Rotunda of the ECA complex may be open during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.). There are also ATM machines for Visa/ Mastercard users at UNCC-AA and at the hotels, which will give you money in Birr.

9. Guidelines on Personal Security and Safety

While personal security is an individual responsibility, the United Nations Security and Safety Service is always readily available to assist its clients. In this regard, the full cooperation of all participants is needed to ensure the safety of personal security and valuables.

Do the following while you are on the ECA premises:

  • Wear your conference badge visibly at all times and show it to any authorized person who asks to see it.
  • Do not leave bags and parcels unattended; they will be confiscated or destroyed.
  • Do not bring unauthorized persons and children into the Conference Centre.
  • Safeguard any valuable property.
  • Check that you have all your documents and personal items before you leave conference halls and meeting rooms.
  • Inform the Security and Safety Service or the nearest Security Officer if you lose any valuable items within the premises.

 When you are in your hotel, please follow this safety advice:

  • Upon entering or leaving your room, make it a habit to lock the door.
  • Before leaving, inspect your room to make sure that no money, jewelry, cameras, etc. have been left exposed.
  • Deposit valuables or portable items at the reception desk and obtain a receipt.    
  • Should you observe anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, please contact the nearest Security Officer.

Emergency numbers:

United Nations Control Room – Addis Ababa (24 hrs): +251–115 445135 /516537 /512945

Emergency numbers outside Addis Ababa:

United Nations Operations Centre (24 hrs): +251–115 511726
Satellite phone: +87162546835 / +8821651133843
Police emergency numbers (24 hrs): 991
City Police: +251–115 572100 / 572121
Federal Police: 816/ +251–115 524077 / 526302 / 526303

10. Day Trip Destinations for Delegates

Addis Ababa has several day trip destinations that meeting participants can explore.   Here are a few suggestions of must-sees in Addis and its outskirts:

  • Unity Park: recently inaugurated in October 2019, the park is located in the premises of the Grand Palace, and is composed of various historical, natural and cultural sites. The Grand Palace, where Unity Park is located, was established in 1887 and without counting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Dr.), the palace served as the living and working space of seven Ethiopian leaders. The palace covers an area of 40 hectares and contains myriads of historical buildings and plants that date back to the time of Emperor Menelik II. (  
  • Entoto Park: the capital’s recreational paradise, Entoto Park was recently inaugurated in October 2020, and is located on Mount Entoto. It takes up 50 hectares in the forests around Addis Ababa. The park sits at an altitude of 2600 to 3200 metres with a picturesque view of Addis Ababa, and has 10km of roadway for cycling, and 13km for hiking. This multi-purpose park contains indoor and outdoor facilities built mostly with local materials. It includes centers for physical activities, a spa, tented lodging, a horse stable, restaurants and coffee shops, fountains, walkways, and bicycle and scooter lanes.  
  • Sheger Park’s Friendship Square: Sheger Park was constructed as part of the Addis Ababa Riverside Green Development Project, also called Beautifying Sheger, aimed at cleaning rivers and creating public works in the capital city, Addis Ababa. The Project is expected to renovate the city with clean waterways, flower belts, amphitheatres, dancing water fountains, open spaces, bike ways and walkways along the riverside and transforming Addis Ababa into a greener, resilient and happier city. As part of this Project, Sheger Park was inaugurated in September 2020. It is located in front of the Prime Minister’s Office and is a peaceful, lovely and immaculate place to read, picnic, and take photographs of various greeneries and captivating spectacles.
  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral (known in Amharic as Kidist Selassie): This massive and ornate cathedral is the second-most important place of worship in Ethiopia (ranking behind the Old Church of St Mary of Zion in Aksum). It’s also the celebrated final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and his consort Empress Menen Asfaw. Inside, there are some grand murals, the most notable being Afewerk Tekle’s depiction of the Holy Trinity, with Matthew (man), Mark (lion), Luke (cow) and John (dove) peering through the clouds. The entrance fee also includes admission to a small but impressive museum of ecclesiastical artefacts in the grounds out the back. It's a fascinating place.  
  • The National Museum: The museum showcases Ethiopia's artistic treasures. It contains many precious local archaeological finds such as the fossilized remains of early hominids, the most famous of which is "Lucy," the partial skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus afarensis. The current National Museum grew from the establishment of the Institute of Archaeology, which was founded in 1958. The museum started its activities by exhibiting objects from excavation missions. At present, it is organized into different sections which showcase archaeological and paleoanthropological artifacts; objects from the ancient and medieval periods including regalia and memorabilia from former rulers; various art work in a chronological order from traditional to contemporary works; secular arts and crafts, including traditional weapons, jewelry, utensils, clothing and musical instruments, as well as an ethnographic display where the museum tries to give an overview of the cultural richness and variety of the peoples of Ethiopia.  
  • Blue Nile Gorges:  Approximately 200 kilometers to the north of the city. The region is interspersed with quaint, photogenic villages and the celebrated 13th century Debre Libanos monastery that is dramatically nestled in a high canyon. There is also a Portuguese Bridge and a few rugged walking trails that offer a nice adventurous trek through the wilderness of the region. Watch several species of ingenious birds and mammals while wandering through the paths of Blue Nile. Drive further through the hills of the area to enjoy the striking scenery from the tip of the gorge.  
  • Suba Menagesha Forest: The forest concession is located in Oromia regional state, some 40 km South-West of Addis Ababa on the South-Western Slope of mountain Wechecha. The natural forest covers an area of 2,378.71 ha which is 67.96 % of the total forest area, with varies species. The forest has a decade long history of tourism. Visitors come to Suba- Menagesha for an experience that is rooted on the presence of wild life, associated fauna and the scenic landscape. Visitors participate in a number of activities such as forest walk, hiking, bird watching and game viewing. The forest is engaging in different activities to preserve and develop the infrastructures for creating an easy gate of entry. Research and scientific support has a crucial role. Production, conservation and anthropogenic categories play an important role in preserving and transformation of the park with in the community and attracting tourist flow to the place. 
  • Melka Kunture (50 kilometers from Addis Ababa) has an interesting pre-historical legacy that manifests itself in the form of several stone tools and other rudimentary relics dating back to millions of years, which have been discovered here over a period of time. 

11. Annex

                                                   List of Hotels - Addis Ababa

* Hotels marked (*) are located within walking distance from the ECA compound.



Contact Information



Tel: 251-11 6-672100
Fax: 251-11-6-672012


Tel: (251-11) 1 11 12 12
Fax: (251-11) 1 11 88 00



Tel: 0115- 58 77 77/73/70
Fax: 0115 58 52 00



Tel: (251-11) 6 67 02 02
Email :


Tel : (251-11) 6 67 31 75



Tel: (251-11) 6 18 31 00
Fax: (251-11) 6 18 29 10
Mob.: (251-913) 86 77 78    




Tel: (251-11) 5 51 84 00/17 00 00
 (251-11) 5 51 00 64
Fax: (251-11) 5 51 17 18



Tel: (251-11) 5 17 12 34


Tel: (251-11) 5 50 50 66/18 04 44
Fax: (251-11) 5 54 00 90/96



Tel: (251-11) 5 52 73 33
       (251-11) 5 52 63 70
Fax: (251-11) 5 52 64 18




Tel: (251-11) 6-62-22-00
Fax: (251-11) 6-62-80-98




Tel: (251-11) 6 39 37 77



Tel: (251-11) 5 18 46 00
Tel: (251-11) 5 50 97 70


Tel: (251-11) 6 6 61 60 70



Tel: (251-11) 5-15 76 00/ 17 04 00
Fax: (251-11) 5-15 76 01



Tel: (251-11) 6 39 39 39


Tel: 0116- 67 21 67/68
Fax: 0116- 67 21 21



Tel: (251-11) 5 17 17 17
Fax: (251-11) 5 17 27 27


Tel: (251-11) 6-67 10 90