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Ethiopia State of Emergency

On the evening if 16 February 2018 the Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in response to a wave of protests and following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam on 15 February.

 We advise New Zealanders in Ethiopia to follow the advice and directions of local authorities. Exercise vigilance throughout the country and avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. If you are in an area affected by demonstrations or violence, you should find a safe location and remain indoors until it is safe to depart, adhering to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Monitor the media to stay informed of local developments and potential risks to safety and security.


New Zealanders in Ethiopia requiring consular assistance should contact the responsible New Zealand Embassy in Addis Ababa on +251 11 515 1269 or at


New Zealanders in Ethiopia are advised to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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