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Tourists are free to travel across Ethiopia: Attorney General

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Tourists are free to travel across Ethiopia: Attorney General

Addis Ababa, October 24, 2016 (FBC) – Foreign tourists are not expected to notify to anyone to travel and visit attractions sites in Ethiopia, said Attorney General Getachew Ambaye.

Ethiopia recently declared a state of emergency following the unrests occurred in some areas of Amhara and Oromia Regional States.

And the directive issued by the Command Post, which was established to oversee the implementation of the state of emergency, limited foreign diplomats from traveling beyond a-40 kilometers radius out of Addis Ababa without permission.

“The directive is not applicable to foreign tourists who come to Ethiopia to visit tourist destinations. They can travel from place to place freely as usual,” Getachew said.

Getnet Yigzaw, Public Relations Director at the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO), said tourists can travel to any part of the country in group or individually, just as they had been doing in the past.

Hence, the state of emergency has created favorable conditions for the visitors not to cancel their plans of visiting the historical and natural attraction sites of Ethiopia, he indicated.

The number of tourists who cancels their plans is declining as the country is now returning back to stability, according to Getnet.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat

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