Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 76.5 million
Time: GMT + 3.
International dialling code: + 251
Visas: Required by UK citizens. The Ethiopian visa should be obtained before departure from the United Kingdom. We recommend that you do this through the official website. It is also possible to obtain your visa on arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport, but the cost is higher – please see the information on the same website.
Country Representative in UK: Ethiopian Embassy, 17 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PZ. Tel: 0207 589 7212. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tourist Office (Embassy) website: www.ethioembassy.org.uk
Voltage: 220 AC, 50 Hz.
Money: Ethiopian Birr divided into 100 cents. For the up-to-date exchange rate please visit the OANDA Currency Converter website
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: BCG, Cholera, Diptheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Guidebook: The Bradt Guide to Ethiopia .
Food and Drink: The national dish for most Ethiopians is injera, a flat sour dough pancake made from a special grain called teff, and which is served with either meat or vegetable sauces. Ethiopian food is quite spicy, but at the hotels used by World Discovery you will normally have the option of European (especially Italian) style food. Tella, a traditional beer brewed from barley or corn and hops, is a local drink generally available in modern hotels and restaurants. In addition there are bottled Ethiopian beers, local wine and mineral water. Coffee originated in Ethiopia and is always available; it remains one of the country's main exports.