US Renews Travel Warning on Ethiopia Despite Some European Nations Dropping Advisory

Source: Africa News

The United States Department of State has extended its travel warning for Ethiopia citing the potential for civil unrest related to sporadic and unpredictable anti-government protests that began in November 2015.

This new alert issued on Monday, December 6, replaces the last one issued by the United States on October 21, 12 days after the Ethiopian government imposed the October 8 state of emergency which is expected to last for six months.

The US also cited the fact that the government’s clampdown on communication continues to affect their work.

‘‘The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in many parts of the country may be limited without warning due to the government’s restrictions on mobile and internet communications and the unpredictable nature of the current security situation,’‘ the statement said.

‘‘Internet, cellular data, and phone services have been periodically restricted or shut down without warning throughout the country, impeding the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.’‘

A number of European nations including Germany and Belgium have lifted travel warnings to its citizens hoping to visit Ethiopia, and Ethiopian authorities were hoping that the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) will follow suit.

Despite the ongoing state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have been actively seeking to woo tourists to visit the country.

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