When to Visit Ethiopia
The main rainy season runs from June to the beginning of September, with short rains in March. In the Omo and Mago parks however, in Southern Ethiopia, the seasons are different with the main rains from March to June and shorter rains in November.
A valid passport is required for travel to Ethiopia containing at least two blank pages per country and a validity of no less than six months beyond the period of your stay.
For the following nationals visa can be obtained on arrival at Addis Ababa airport international : - Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, and USA. Visa charge is USD 20.00 and two passport size photo is required.
Climate and Clothing
Because of the elevation, temperatures rarely exceed 25 o C in most of the country. Places such as Awash, Omo and Mago Park are considerably hotter. Pack light clothes for the day time and a jacket or sweater for the evenings, and a good pair of walking shoes. Trekkers in the Simien and Bale Mountains will need warm clothes. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques – for getting around sites like Lalibela with its many churches airline socks are very useful.