The Ethiopian government has eased the 14 day mandatory quarantine period for diplomatic missions entering the country.
In a letter dated May 26 addressing all diplomatic missions, international and regional organizations certified in Ethiopia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) revealed that the quarantine measures that have been in place for the diplomatic community in the country has been revised.
According to the Ministry, all diplomats including United Nations and African Union passport holders as well as their immediate family members, will no longer be required to quarantine in government designated hotels. Instead, they will be required to quarantine themselves at their respective embassies or residence for 14 days as per the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Ethiopia.
MoFA has said prior notification of arrival and the address of the place where the quarantine will take place shall be submitted to the Ministry in order to alert the respective authorities. “Strict and consistent compliance of quarantine procedures shall be followed based on the Ministry of Health as well as the laws and regulations of the host country,” it said.
It can be recalled that the government of Ethiopia enforced a 14-day mandatory quarantine period for all travelers to the country in March; after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed.
At the beginning diplomats were required to remain in quarantine at their respective embassies, but later was decided that head of mission diplomats and their family members, were requested to stay at the designated quarantine centers for 14 days.
Now, as per the new directive, diplomats and their families can quarantine themselves at their residential houses.
Furthermore, people arriving at the Bole International Airport in the capital Addis Ababa are required to be quarantine for two weeks at 18 designated hotels in the capital. In addition, arriving passengers will have two tests before leaving the quarantine centers.
Ethiopia has recorded 831 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as of May 29, 2020.