The US Embassy in Addis Ababa went on “authorized departure” on November 3. Two days later, the embassy went on mandatory evacuation for non-emergency personnel and family members. (US Embassy Ethiopia Now Under “Authorized Departure” Order #voluntaryevac). The State Department has now urged U.S. citizens in the country to depart while commercial air is available as well as announced that the embassy is “unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Ethiopia with departure if commercial options become unavailable.”
Event: On November 5, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members from Ethiopia due to armed conflict, civil unrest, and possible supply shortages.
The Department of State urges U.S citizens in Ethiopia to depart now using commercially available options. The U.S. Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Ethiopia with departure if commercial options become unavailable. Although seats on commercial flights currently remain available, we cannot predict when demand will exceed capacity.
Travel to Ethiopia is unsafe due to the ongoing armed conflict. Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence are occurring without warning. The situation may escalate further and may cause supply chain shortages, communications blackouts, and travel disruptions. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on November 2, 2021.
Ethiopia: The security environment remains very fluid. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens to depart now using commercially available options. Although seats on commercial flights are currently available, we cannot predict when demand will exceed capacity. https://t.co/XVe3fLaS3Y pic.twitter.com/RF4LQWxYqw
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) November 7, 2021
Ethiopians Rally by Thousands to Support Abiy, Denounce US https://t.co/sroIpQrT59
— VOA Africa (@VOAAfrica) November 7, 2021
UPDATE U.N. aid chief @UNReliefChief Griffiths and @_AfricanUnion special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, landed in #Mekelle, one humanitarian source in #Ethiopia and one person familiar with the matter told @Reuters https://t.co/L920HZMPhn
— giulia paravicini (@giuliaparavicin) November 7, 2021
“We thought this time would be different … I can’t believe I’m living through it again.”https://t.co/Vx48HiKLsH
— Jeffrey Smith (@Smith_JeffreyT) November 5, 2021