Norway Urges Its Citizens to Refrain From Travelling to Ethiopia Due to Security Reasons

Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged all citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ethiopia amid raised concerns regarding the civil war.

However, the same Ministry has announced that its capital Addis Ababa will be exempted from the current rule, as essential travel there is not discouraged, reports.

Due to the situation in Ethiopia, authorities in Norway have tightened their restrictions for arrivals from this country since December 17. Authorities in Norway have tightened their travel advice for arrivals from Ethiopia in the autumn of 2021 due to the rebel forces from Tigray moving closer to the capital.

“This situation changed in the weeks before Christmas. The situation in the capital is relatively stable, but war is still going on in the north of the country. Air traffic to and from the capital runs as normal. Against this background, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to change the travel council for Addis Ababa,” the statement published by the same Ministry reads.

Previously in November, the authorities in Norway had called on Norwegian citizens to refrain from traveling to Ethiopia due to the current situation in this country.

“The ongoing crisis in Ethiopia is complex and confusing. The fighting between the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and affiliated forces, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front / Tigray Defense Forces (TPLF / TDF) and affiliated forces have recently moved south. As of November 2, a state of emergency has been introduced throughout Ethiopia. Visitors are asked to comply with these regulations,” the statement published back then by authorities in Norway revealed.

Recently, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, held a conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Anniken Huitfeldt. They discussed the positive developments in Ethiopia.

In addition, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister congratulated the Foreign Minister for Norway’s Presidency at the United Nations Security Council for this month, while adding that he hopes that Norway will use its presidency to carry a well-balanced and reasonable outlook which will reflect on the commendable measures that the government of Ethiopia.

Soon after the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmet, received the Nobel Prize for making peace with its neighboring country Eritrea, after a long period of fighting, PM Ahmet declared a state of emergency and urged civilians to arm themselves and to protect the capital from being captured.

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