Overland Ethiopia Travel
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- 1 Visiting Ethiopia
- 2 Entering Ethiopia with a Car or Motorbike
- 3 Driving in Ethiopia
- 4 Gas price in Ethiopia and Diesel price in Ethiopia
- 5 Safety and Security Considerations
- 6 Camping in Ethiopia
- 7 Navigation
- 8 Special Overland Travel interests
- 9 Vehicle Maintenance
- 10 Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Ethiopia
- 11 References
- 12 Helpful External links
Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.
Entering Ethiopia with a Car or Motorbike
Correct as of: June 2013
(To check if you need a travel Visa for Ethiopia, application instructions and fees see: Ethiopia Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
Process at border
Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle
Cost of entry
State the cost for a vehicle to enter
Permitted length of stay
State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle
Extension of stay
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.
Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country
Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.
Exiting with a vehicle
We found that when entering Ethiopia we were aked if we wanted to use the carnet. It became clear why we were asked. If you leave via Moyale they can discharge it at the border and if you do not leave via Moyale and instead Turkana then you cannot as there is no border. Tell them you are leaving via Turkana and do not complete the carnet papaerwork. We had a real problem discharging the carnet when we left via Turkana and had to get the nearest customs office. When you enter Kenya the same applies. You need to get the carnet done in Nairobi. This is a bit tricky as nobody knows where to get it done. If i can find the info I'll post it on both the Ethiopia customs office and the one in Nairobi.
Done in Jan 2011.
Driving in Ethiopia
Recommended books for Overlanding in Ethiopia
Travel insurance for Ethiopia
Vehicle insurance requirements
COMESA or “Yellow card” insurance is required.
Cost of vehicle insurance
See the prices listed on the COMESA Insurance page.
Where to purchase vehicle insurance
Describe where insurance can be purchased.
State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.
Driving side of road
Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Ethiopia.
Mandatory items in vehicle
State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)
General Road quality
Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.
Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.
List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.
Bribery in Ethiopia
Briefly describe how common bribery is and whether it should be expected, and the best way to deal with it.
describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.
Traveling with pets
List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.
Gas price in Ethiopia and Diesel price in Ethiopia
Last updated: October 2012
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|Unleaded||€0.90 EUR per Liter|
|Diesel||€0.77 EUR per Liter|
Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency
Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.
Gas and Diesel Quality
Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.
Safety and Security Considerations
Driving at night
Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.
Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.
Special driving considerations
A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.
Security advisories and information
- Country Specific Information - U.S. Department of State
- Travel Reports and Warnings - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- Travel advice by country - Foreign and Commonwealth office (U.K.)
- Travel Advice for Ethiopia - Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Camping in Ethiopia
Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.
Camping guide books
List and link to books specifically for camping.
Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.
Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Ethiopia
GPS Maps of Ethiopia
Tracks4Africa are the undisputed best GPS maps for Africa.
Tracks4Africa is an SD Card for Garmin GPS, and contain Routable turn-by-turn maps with 809,000 kms of roads and over 129,000 points of interest.
GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Ethiopia
- iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.
Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.
Special Overland Travel interests
List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders
4x4s / Trucks
- Toyota Global Dealer Locator
- Land Rover International Dealer Locator
- Mercedes Benz International (select country on bottom right)
- Jeep International site locator
Add known good mechanics here.
Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Ethiopia
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'
Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.
Add any helpful external links here.