Particular care should be taken in crowded and public places and in areas known to be frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, including hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping centres, market areas, places of worship, schools, government offices, sporting or other large public events, tourist sites and transport hubs.
Crime Petty theft and muggings are common in Addis Ababa and there has been a rise in violent assaults against foreigners.
Pre-plan your travel route and ensure all vehicles are fully equipped with essential supplies.
General Travel Advice New Zealanders travelling or living in Ethiopia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
Al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in neighbouring countries in recent years and there are credible reports that Al-Shabaab has the intent and capability to attack targets in Ethiopia, including western interests.
Foreigners have not been targeted but could be incidentally caught up in violence.
Where road travel is required you should keep doors locked and windows up at all times.
Wherever possible travel in a convoy and avoid all travel after dark.
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.