There are reports of a shooting incident in the Mago Park in the Omo Valley on 12 December 2014. Details of the incident are at present unclear. No injuries have been reported. Take extra care if you’re in this region.
There is a high threat from terrorism. There are credible reports that Al Shabaab plan, and have the capability, to attack targets in Ethiopia.
On 14 October 2014 the US Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a travel warning advising “those in Addis Ababa to avoid areas where both Ethiopians and westerners frequent”, and citing threat reports of Al Shabaab’s intent to target the Bole area of the city.
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.