Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Explosion in Bahir Dar

The U.S. Embassy is monitoring reports of an explosion on January 4, 2017 in or around the Grand Hotel located in Bahir Dar in Amhara State. The U.S. Embassy has suspended all travel for embassy employees to Bahir Dar until further notice.

The Embassy continues to remind U.S. citizens of the risks associated with traveling to Ethiopia at this time. The current version of the Department of State's Travel Warning for Ethiopia can be found here: Ethiopia Travel Warning

The Embassy would remind U.S. citizens traveling to or in Ethiopia to review their personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council