Germany lifts travel warnings on touristic areas in Ethiopia

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Through a new recommendation issued on its website, the German Foreign Ministry lifted its warning for German tourists planning to visit the main touristic areas of Ethiopia. According to the Ministry, cities such as Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Dire Dawa, Arba Minch can be visited safely. Travelling there “is currently possible without any problem”, the website further states.

This warning was lifted after the peace and stability was restored in the country, said Getnet Yigzaw, public relations head of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO).

As a result of the unrest that occurred recently in some parts of the country, countries, including Germany, had issued travel warnings for visitors.

These countries are cancelling the warnings since the Ethiopian government has managed to restore peace and bring back business as usual, Getnet said. According to him, Britain and the US are also expected to lift the travel warning to Ethiopia.

Last week, Ethiopia lifted the directive which restricted diplomats from travelling beyond a 40-kilometer radius out of Addis Ababa without the permission of the command post.

Ethiopia declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency early October following unrests that occurred in some areas of the country.

Sources: German MFA, FBC

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