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Ethiopia Travel Update
Ethiopia Travel Update

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Date: 10 November 2021

Effective 15th of November 2021, passengers arriving and departing to and from Ethiopia are recommended to use the PanaBIOS electronic System to verify their negative COVID-19 certificate in line with the Africa CDC Trusted Travel electronic verification rules and guidelines available here: You should endeavor to use the same email address you gave to the lab in signing up for an account to use the PanaBIOS system at:

If you are departing from countries where a PanaBIOS registered lab (Trusted Lab) is not present, you can upload your Printed COVID 19 certificate by visiting and signing up for an account. You can also do so at

The process of uploading your certificate can be initiated by clicking the "check in" button on the dashboard after logging in at or You will then be able to generate a Trusted Travel Code (TT Code) that is automatically integrated with PanaBIOS Electronic System.

Should you encounter any difficulties, please reach out for support at:

Date: 31 August 2021

  1. All passenger above the age of ten, except transit passenger shall bring a certificate of negative RT PCR test done up to 120 hours or five days before arriving in Ethiopia and has a duty to self-quarantine at home for seven days. The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given.
  2. Notwithstanding the provisions under item No.1 above, the traveler shall not be required to remain in isolation for 7 days if he has a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within 90 days or if he has completed the COVID-19 vaccine in full and provides evidence or if the passenger is a diplomat.;
  3. Without prejudice to provisions item No. 1 above, if the passenger is a tourist or a passenger who comes to attend a conference for an emergency shall not be required to isolate himself for 7 days when tested for Covid-19 (PCR or Antigen-Based RDT test) and when the result is negative.
  4. All Diplomatic and Service (including United Nations and African Union) passport holders, including their immediate families, are advised but not required to have a certificate of negative PCR-COVID-19 test before arrival to Ethiopia. However, a diplomat who doesn’t avail a negative RT PCR Covid-19 test result shall not be required to isolate himself for 7 days if the on-arrival RT PCR or Antigen-Based RDT COVI-19 test is negative. If he refuses to get a COVID-19 test on arrival, he/she will have to isolate himself for 14 days. 
  5. Any person who is coronavirus positive is prohibited from entering the country.
  6. Transit/layover passengers who goes to the designated Hotels, are required to self-quarantine at the hotel until their next flight.
  7. Returnees coming through international airports of the country shall be made to bring a certificate of negative RT PCR test from the country they are coming from done up to 120 hours or 5 days before arrival;
  8. If the returnee does not bring a certificate of negative RT PCR test from the country, he/she is coming from done up to 120 hours or 5 days before arrival, he/she has the duty to give sample of RT PCR or Antigen-Based RDT test;
  9. Rapid diagnostic test (RDT antibody test) will not be accepted.
  10. The RT-PCR test result certificate for COVID-19 for a test taken in Ethiopia is not allowed for travel back/re-entry into Ethiopia. The negative RT-PCR test certificate required to be presented before boarding a flight to Ethiopia must be a test taken at departure country.