Business hours

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

Public holidays

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) September 12 - Ethiopian New Year
September 28 –-The Finding of the TrueCross (Meskel)
November 6 – Id Al Adaha (Arafa)


Generally, the Ethiopian climate is tropical monsoon. There are two seasons: the dry season which prevails from October through to May and the wet season which runs from June to September. 

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


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The monetary unit is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB).


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.

Most banks are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including lunch hours, Monday through Friday and are also open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

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.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

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