Tensions in the region remain high and there is the potential for further violence.Terrorism There is an ongoing threat from terrorism throughout Ethiopia, and the country has suffered a number of terrorist attacks in the past.Explosive devices, such as grenades, are readily available in Ethiopia and are occasionally used in local disputes.
Some Risk There is some risk to your security in Addis Ababa, due to the potential for violent crime, civil unrest and the threat of terrorism. In December , there were reports of renewed violence between Somalis and Oromos in east and west Harerege Zones, resulting in a number of deaths.
In and , protests and violent civil unrest occured in the Oromia, Amhara and Somali regions of Ethiopia.
Carjackings outside urban areas have been reported.
New Zealanders in Ethiopia are advised to be security conscious at all times and avoid walking or travelling alone, particularly at night and to isolated areas.
Take particular care when visiting crowded public places.
Avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as mobile devices and jewellery. Road Travel Due to the potential for the security situation to change at short notice, New Zealanders are advised to take care when travelling outside of Addis Ababa, particularly when travelling by road.
Security forces have in the past responded with violence and previous protests have led to a number of deaths.
Disruptions to telephone and internet communications have been experienced throughout the country, including in Addis Ababa, and roads have been blocked without warning.
High Risk There is high risk to your security elsewhere in Ethiopia except for Addis Ababa due to the threat of terrorism and the unpredictable security situation.
We advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.