Booking Hotels in Ethiopia – rules for foreign travellers

In November 2010 the Ethiopian Government imposed a new regulation on Ethiopian Hotels which means that payment for hotel facilities by foreign visitors must be made in either US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. It is now no longer possible for these facilities to be paid for in Ethiopian Birr.

This matter is somewhat complicated in that a number of hotels are now not willing to provide a booking confirmation (and hence the confirmation letter that is often required to obtain an Ethiopian visa) until they have collected a down payment (anything between 35% – 50%) in foreign currency from the visitors or their agents.

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