Visiting

Business hours

Government office hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm from Monday through Thursday. Working hours on Fridays are 8.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Commercial offices are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Department stores and supermarkets are open from 8.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday and some Sundays.

Most banks are open from 8.00am to 4.00pm, including lunch hours, Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8.00am to 12 noon.

Public holidays

September 12 – Ethiopian New Year
September 28 – The Finding of the True Cross (Meskel)
November 6 – Id Al Adaha (Arafa)
January 8 – Ethiopian Christmas
January 20 – Ethiopian Epiphany
February 3 – Prophet Mohamed’s Birthday (Maulid)
March 2 – Victory of Adwa
April 14 – Ethiopian Good Friday
April 16 – Ethiopian Easter
May 1 – International Labor Day
May 5 – Patriots’ Victory Day
May 28 – Downfall of the Derg
August 19 – Id Al Fater (Ramadan)

Climate

The general Ethiopian climate is tropical monsoon with wide topographic-induced variations. There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September.

For weather details in Ethiopia, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The monetary unit is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB).

Banks

Major international credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are accepted. However, use may be restricted in towns outside Addis Ababa and in some retail shops. Some ATMs will give cash advances, but this service should not be relied on away from major centres. There are numerous ATM locations in the major towns of Ethiopia but fewer in regional and rural areas.

Before you go, organise a variety of ways of accessing your money overseas, such as credit cards, travelers’ cheques and US dollars cash. Australian currency and travelers’ cheques are not accepted in many countries. Consult with your bank to find out which is the most appropriate currency to carry and whether your ATM card will work overseas.

Time zones and time differences

Ethiopia is seven hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Addis Ababa, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Ethiopia’s country code is 251.

For calls to Ethiopia from Australia dial: 0011 + 251 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Ethiopia to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism – www.tourismethiopia.org

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