IMPACT – MEDIUM
The United States, the United Kingdom and other countries have warned against nonessential travel to Ethiopia following the government’s declaration of a state of emergency in October.
Background: Protesters have been demonstrating in Ethiopia for months. The government declared a state of emergency Oct. 8, and has imposed curfews and placing restrictions on public demonstrations, social media and other communications. People who violate the decree may be arrested or searched without court order.
BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals should seriously consider delaying nonessential travel to Ethiopia until further notice. Those in Ethiopia should exercise caution, especially in areas considered by officials to be particularly dangerous. Companies with personnel in Ethiopia should account for all their employees. U.S. citizens may wish to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free service that provides updated security information and allows Americans to register their trips abroad with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@bal.com.
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