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Last update 07 April 2023Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)


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Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; P.O.Box 987
Tel./Fax: +251 166 10032
Out-of-hours  hotlines: +25 1911252514; +25 1913069999
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 18.00 h. 
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/ethiopia

Permanent Representative Office of Federal Democratic Republic Ethiopia in Geneva
(accredited for Bulgaria)  

Address: 1211 Genиve 19, Case postale 338, Rue de Moillebeau 56
Telephone: +41 22 919 70 10
Fax: +41 22 919 70 29
Office hours: 09:00 -12:30h, 14:30 - 17:30h
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail:  [email protected]
Website: www.ethiopianmission.ch

General information

General information

(1.) Security level:

(2.) Healthcare:

(3.) Recommended vaccines and personal hygiene advice:

(4.) Customs requirements:

(5.) Traffic on roads:

(6.) Practical advice:

(7.) Local currency:

(8.) Climatic characteristics:

(9.) Other:

Local Currency  

Ethiopian birr (ETB)

Crime and security

Level of criminality – low.

Custom requirements 

Foreign currency imported in the country shall be declared. 

Limitation to the holding/transfer of alcohol at the amount of 2 l.


Level of health care – low.

Travel papers and visas

Travelling is carried out with valid international passport .

Immunisation against yellow fever is requested.

Bulgarian citizens travelling to Ethiopia need entrance visa. Recommendable is its obtaining from the Ethiopian embassies in Geneva, Berlin, Rome, Ankara and Paris.

Necessary forms shall be filled, photos enclosed, travel reasons and local partners, if any- specified.

The amount of due fees should be checked at the relevant consular offices, as changes frequently occur. 

Practical advice


Recommendable is that Bulgarian citizens inform the Embassy upon their arrival in the country, in view of providing assistance to them in case of necessity.

Exchanging foreign currency on the illegal market is punishable by imprisonment of 15 years. It is best to use banks and exchange bureaus in major hotels where the rates are identical.

The law is strict when it comes to attempts to illegitimately drain automatic bank machines. The penalties are severe and take into account all penalties for proven offences, including repeat offences. The provisions of the law dictate that the set penalty is multiplied by the number of thefts committed.

Competitive service

The consular officers at the Embassy are ready to provide assistance upon any event – incident, disease, practical advice, provision of general information, and many others.

Certifications and Legalisations

The Embassy performs verification of documents duly issued by the relevant authorities of both countries.

In order to be valid in Bulgaria and recognised by the Bulgarian institution any documents issued by the authorities in Ethiopia must bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After that they should be certified at the consular service of the embassy of Bulgaria in Addis Ababa.

The documents should then be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and certified by the Certifications and Legalisations department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Issuing of Bulgarian identity documents

The Embassy at Addis Ababa may accept documents only for issuing of temporary passports. 

Civil status

The Embassy may register birth, marriage or death cases.

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