Ethiopia Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 24, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to security
concerns in the southwestern Gambella Region of Ethiopia. This Public
Announcement expires on March 19, 2003.
On December 13, 2003, eight people were killed when an Ethiopian vehicle
carrying Ethiopian refugee officials was attacked in the Gambella Region,
which borders Sudan. Following this latest incident, UNHCR withdrew
non-essential personnel from Gambella.
Inter-ethnic clashes are prevalent in the western-most tip of the Gambella
Region in west Ethiopia. Travel to this region is not recommended.
Visitors should seek current guidance from the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa
or from local officials before traveling to areas along the Ethiopia/Sudan
U.S. citizens planning to travel to Ethiopia should consult the Department
of State's Consular Information Sheet for Ethiopia, the East Africa Public
Announcement and the most
recent Worldwide Caution Public Announcement
, which are available via the Internet at
http://travel.state.gov. American citizens may obtain up-to-date
information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in
the United States, or 317-472-2328 from overseas.
U.S. citizens visiting or resident in Ethiopia are encouraged to register at
the U.S. Embassy and obtain updated information on travel and security from
the Embassy before traveling in Western Ethiopia. The U.S. Embassy is
located at Entoto Avenue, P.O. Box 1014, in Addis Ababa, telephone: 
(1) 550-666, extension 316/336; emergency after-hours telephone:  (1)
552-558; consular fax:  (1) 551-094; website: