Flights from London to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia's capital), take around 7 hours. These flights are relatively frequent, with a number of trips a week. Layovers through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are options when flying with British Airways, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa, however, these are considerably longer than the direct flights and generally cost more. Both Qatar and Ethiopia Airlines have recently started offering direct routes from Manchester airport, as well as routes from London, which take between nine to ten hours, depending on conditions. Flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa run thrice-weekly and fly direct.
Although considered one of the safer countries in Africa, certain ares should be visited with caution. According to the FCO website, the four woredas (districts) (Akobo, Wantawo, Jikawo and Lare) should be avoided as well as the area within 10 km of the border with Eritrea, with the exception of: the main road through Axum and Adigrat. The border towns between Ethiopia and Kenya and Somali are also known to be particularly volatile and should be avoided if possible.
The following diseases are prevalent and should be vaccinated against prior to travel: