Ethiopian New Year is celebrated with a festival called Enkutatash, which translates as Gift of Jewels. The Julian calendar, which Ethiopia uses, has 13 months: 12 with 30 days each, and one with 5 days (or 6 days in a leap year). The Gregorian calendar, which is used in the majority of Western countries, is 7 years and 8 months ahead of the Julian calendar. Ethiopia celebrated the new Ethiopian Millennium and the year 2000 in 2007 (according to the Gregorian calendar)
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The "birr" is the name of Ethiopia's currency, and notes are available in 10, 50, 100, and 200 birr denominations.
In little time at all, any bank in Ethiopia will convert your foreign currency into birr. However, if you intend to exchange Ethiopian Birr back into a foreign currency at the end of your trip, you should save the receipt from your foreign currency transaction. The receipt will be required as verification by the banks to confirm that you did, in fact, bring foreign currency into Ethiopia. Because of this, we advise you to only exchange money that you are certain you will use throughout your journey. Banks can be found in all towns and cities if you end up needing additional birr later.
There may be numerous occasions during your visit when folks will ask for a gratuity. Some Ethiopians might make a hint or outright request for one. Tipping is not always essential, however there are several circumstances where it is appropriate. Tipping is customarily requested of drivers and tour guides, especially if you hire them for an entire day or more. The majority of the time, the drivers and guides will put in a lot of effort to make sure your tour runs as well as possible. Giving them a tip is a fantastic way to acknowledge their hard work. Be sure to express your displeasure to them or their employer if necessary. Some restaurants will charge a service fee, but typically only a tiny tip is expected.
Always get permission before taking someone's picture if you see them and want to. Many Ethiopians will wonder why you are taking their picture, so be prepared for that. Many Ethiopians are understandably upset about being painted in a negative manner. They are a proud and robust people. When possible, give them one or two birr in exchange for their permission to take your photograph and an explanation of why you think they are particularly photogenic, you admire their traditional costume, they are performing a task you find interesting, etc. Always be willing to bargain, especially if you plan to take plenty of pictures. Tipping is not required if you are photographing a group of individuals, such as football players, dancers, or other sports enthusiasts. When a tiny suggestion for photography, if you're unsure, ask your tour guide.
Addis Abeba is very much an international metropolis, and visitors may experience all types of food. It is home to the African Union, numerous United Nations ministries, and foreign NGOs. There are fewer dining options outside of the capital. In the more distant places, injera with other Ethiopian foods is the primary option. Good western cuisine is typically available in the more popular tourist spots, with pastas and grilled meats being the most popular options.
The entire nation is supplied with sparkling and still mineral water in bottles. Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies may be found in the majority of communities. Ethiopia produces some excellent beers and is home to a number of breweries. You should try "tej," a locally produced honey wine, which is unique and can be found all throughout the nation.
One of the safest nations in Africa for visitors is Ethiopia, where violent crime committed against visitors is remarkably rare. To secure their goods, visitors should adopt additional security measures. It is extremely advised to wear a money belt or use another method to conceal money and papers.
All tour participants are advised to speak with their doctors 30 days before the start of the tour with ETHIO USA Tours.
Almost all travelers visiting Ethiopia are required to get a visa.
Citizens of the majority of nations can apply for an eVisa, which is a simple process. See the following link.
If you desire a multiple entry visa or are not qualified for the eVisa, you need apply directly at the Ethiopian Embassy in your area. Following is a list of some of them.
Visitors who meet the requirements can apply and get their visas online. Visit the eVisa website to view the approved nations list and other requirements.