Important Information

Climate

There are two seasons, the dry season, October to May, and wet season, from June to September 

Electricity Supply 

Ethiopia uses 220 volts 50 cycles AC. Plugs are European two pin

Time

Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 time zones. It follows the Julian calendar which consist of 12 months of 30 days each and a 13 months of five or six days on a leap year

Currency,

The units of currency are the birr and cents .Notes are 100,50, 10, 5,and 1 birr. The 1 birr coin is also in circulation. ATMs Automatic Teller Machines are available in Addis Ababa, hotels, shopping malls, and at the Bole International Airport. It is important to retain currency exchange receipts.

Banking Hours

Banking hours are usually 8h00 a.m.-5h00 p.m. Mondays – Fridays and 8h00 a.m. – 4 h00 p.m. Saturday. Most banks work through lunch time however foreign exchange services are closed during lunch hours from 12h00 noon- 1h00 p.m. On Friday are 8h30-44h30 a.m., private and public businesses are open on Saturdays.

Customs

As of date, Duty free imports and exports are permitted for up to certain levels. For Exhibition equipments, reference is made to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Revenue Federal Inland Revenue Authority on VAT Exemption to ECA. 

Courier and Money Transfer

Money transfer can be made through western union and Money Gram. Both have representative branches in Addis Abba and also make their services available from private and national banks. For courier survives, DHL, TNT and EMS have offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Communication

Telephones, fax machines and internet access are available in Addis Ababa in most hotels and at private internet service centers around the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Working Hours

Government office hours are 8:h30 a.m.-12h30 p.m. and 1h30 p.m.-5h30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Working hours on Friday are 8h30 a.m. - 1h30-5h30 Private and public businesses are often open on Saturdays.