The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning visitors to Addis Ababa that there has been an increase in reported crime against local nationals and expats.

Travel advice

If you are in the area, please consider the following –

  • Avoid travelling with valuable items where possible.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and avoid situations that make you feel uneasy.
  • If challenged, hand over your items – things can be replaced, and your health is much more important.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your passport and other key documents in a secure online location that you or your emergency contact can access if needed. If your passport is stolen, having access to this information will help prove your identity.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Safety and security (Crime) – There has been an increase in the level of reported crime against both expatriates and nationals in the Bole and Yeka hills areas of Addis Ababa; you should familiarise yourself with the geography if travelling in these areas and exercise caution; if threatened, hand over your valuables without resistance; don’t travel alone in these areas if possible.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ethiopia

More Government travel advice

We strongly recommend you read up on all the official advice to help keep you healthy and safe on your visit to Ethiopia. Click through on the links below for information from the following governments –

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