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Where can I get a visa to travel to Ethiopia?
Travelers to Ethiopia can obtain visa from Ethiopian diplomatic missions in their respective countries. However, nationals of the following countries are allowed to get a visa up on arrival at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (Province of China), United Kingdom, United States. Visa is not required for the nationals of Kenya, Djibouti, and Sudan.

How is the climate?
Ethiopia enjoys two seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season comes from October through May with an average maximum temperature of 300C; the wet season runs from June to September with an average minimum temperature of 110C. Ethiopia has climatic variation, ranging from the peaks of the Semien and Bale mountains, which receives periodic snowfall, to regular day temperatures of over 500C in the Denakil Desert. The northern highlands have a temperate climate with average day time temperature of 160C. The eastern lowlands and far south is dry and hot where as the western lowlands are moist and hot. The southern rift valley, much of which is at the relatively high altitude of 1,500 meter, is hot and seasonally moist.
The highlands and Rift valley gets heavy rains starting mid-June to early October. Where as in the Rift Valley the rainy season starts a few weeks earlier and ends the same way. In contrast, the northeastern highlands have a less rainy season than other highland in Ethiopia.

How is it Ethiopia a cradle of mankind?
The proof for Ethiopia to have the prestigious title of ''the cradle of mankind'' is a complete direct hominid fossil excavated from the north - eastern part of Ethiopia at the place called Hadar like Lucy (0000 years old), Ardi (3.5 million years old), and Selam (0000 years old. The National Museum in Addis Ababa hosts Lucy and tourists can visit any time. What can you tell me about the people of Ethiopia? The population of Ethiopia is estimated to be more than 80 million, comprising of more than 80 ethnic groups. Despite their diversity, Ethiopians are characterized with peace, hospitality and struggle to develop. Ethiopians, often known as ''Habesha'' are religious, sociable and friendly, proud of their values, culture and traditions. They are also known for their hospitality.

What kinds of hotels exist in Ethiopia?
There are many hotels that suite all pockets in the capital Addis Ababa and in all around Ethiopia from the luxurious hotels, the tourist-class hotels, low budget hotels. YOD Abyssinia has a strong connection with hotels, resorts and lodges across the nation and offers a wider choice to tourist and travelers to Ethiopia and can make reservations according to their request.

What are the national foods and drinks in Ethiopia?
Ethiopia holds more than eighty ethnic groups which endowed with various lifestyle and cultural dishes along the most commons are ‘Injera’ (concentrated with iron) served with different sauces, mostly with ‘Doro Wott’ (spicy chicken stew). ‘Kitfo’ minced beef, prepared with homemade butter, ‘Berbere’ /hot spicy powder/ or ‘Mitmita’ /hot spice made from chilly/ is also a popular food.
There are also different local beverages like ‘Teji’ (a blended honey wine), ‘Areke’ (local Gin) and ‘Tela’. Ethiopia prides itself for introducing coffee to the rest of world and coffee is served everywhere with greater quality at a dignified ceremony.

What does thirteen months of sunshine means?
Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, which consists of twelve months of thirty days each and a thirteenth month of five or six days depending on the leap year. The sun shines in the skies of Ethiopia throughout the year, that is the reason Ethiopia is named “Thirteen Months of Sun Shine”.
Ethiopia is in the GMT+3 hours time zone, and Ethiopian’s first hour of the day begins with the rising of the sun and the last hour is around sunset each lasting 12 hours.
Do you have your own guides?
YOD Abyssinia is staffed with multilingual and hospitable guides to provide a professional, safe and reliable services.