National Elections will take place in Ethiopia on 24 May. You should avoid polling stations in the run-up to, and on election day. You should also avoid crowds and public gatherings as there may be local travel disruptions both on the lead up to and after the elections. There is also the potential for heightened tension and unrest over the election period. The final result will be announced on 22 June.
You should be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and public places like transport hubs, hotels, restaurants, bars and places of worship and during major gatherings like religious or sporting events. There is a high threat of kidnapping in Ethiopia’s Somali region, particularly in the eastern areas to which we advise against all travel.