"DRIVING YOURSELF" Top 5 Page for this destination Ethiopia Transportation Tip by DAO

Ethiopia Transportation: 62 reviews and 79 photos

If you want to drive yourself in Ethiopia, there are a few things you need to know. First, you have to swap your National (or State) driving licence for an Ethiopian one and pay a fee of about $2. You can get your original licence back when you leave Ethiopia. Go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Yohanis Street (tel. 0115 506561)to get an official translation and stamp. This will cost you about $30. Then got with Transport and Communication Bureau on Equatorial Guinea Street with a copy of your Passport, 4 passport sized photos and some patience.

Sound difficult? It is. Many tourists do not do this. I am not advising you either way. I would guess that any fine if you are caught would be as much as the fee for getting it done properly and probably quicker to rectify.

Very important: Third-party vehicle insurance is required by law, a very good idea and is cheap. As little as $10 for a year for a basic policy. $60-90 for a fully comprehensive cover. "No claim bonus" certificates from insurance companies abroad are recognized in Ethiopia for discounts. Do not let your rental company charge you loads of money for a short period of time. There are many agencies in Addis Ababa like the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation that can provide cover or you can arrange it abroad before you get here.

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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