Practical Info


January – March in Addis Ababa is sunny and warm, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 23 degrees Celsius. Addis Ababa is located at a high altitude so please note that the mornings and evenings are cold.  Also important to drink lots of water during your stay in Addis.


If you are traveling from a country that might be susceptible to yellow fever, please do not forget your yellow fever card.

There will be a mobile clinic at the Millennium Hall for any emergencies. We recommend that you travel with a small emergency kit to address headaches, stomach aches and flu symptoms. –

Water: it is not recommended to drink tap water – please drink only bottled water

Food: Avoid uncooked vegetables and raw meat


The Ethiopian currency is the birr. Only exchange in official banks – do not seek to exchange on the black market. Only major currencies are exchanged, so please plan accordingly. For the latest rates, please visit

ATMs are available in most, if not all, major hotels, malls and several other busy areas, including inside the UN Conference Center. While cash is the ideal form of payment for any transaction, we do not recommend that you carry large sums of cash at any given time.

Do not forget to notify your bank that you will be traveling to Ethiopia, lest they place a hold on your card. A lot of commercial centers do not accept credit/debit cards so plan accordingly.


Electricity: standard voltage is 220V click here to see if you will need a power plug adapter or voltage converter for the outlets in Ethiopia.

Safety: While Addis Ababa is known for being a safe city, please be vigilant while walking on the streets and in the evenings – pick-pockets are becoming common.


Phone: +251-935-999235