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Visa and travel information

Visa and travel information ​

All foreign travelers to Ethiopia must have a visa. You must first register and pay for the Conference. You are strongly encouraged to apply for your conference visa online rather than at the Embassy in your city of residence.  The online process takes 5-7 working days.

Please carefully read the following steps:

Once you have proof of your registration and payment, please email it to icphcvisa@flawlessevents.net along with a copy of your passport bio data page.

The team will then send you the necessary documents to apply for your conference visa online which are: an invitation letter and an application letter and other required licenses.

Conference visas are valid for 30 days from the intended dates of arrival in Ethiopia.

The following passports are exempt from visa application: Kenya, Djibouti and Diplomatic.

Make sure you bring your yellow fever and other vaccination certificates

Click Here  to access the E Visa Guideline.


Service and General Information


The Forum is hosted at Skylight Hotel. The area is known as “Bole.” In order to pick up your Conference badge, please make sure to have your electronic attendance confirmation along with proof of payment and your government issued ID (passport or local ID for Ethiopians)

× Info! Specific badge pick up dates and times will be communicated closer to the event date.


Group shuttle service will be provided from the hotel listed on the event website to the Venue. If you are staying at a different hotel, you can make your way to the shuttle pickup area or take a taxi. Most destinations are within $10-$15 range. Specific shuttle schedule routes and times will be communicated closer to the event date.

× Info! Specific shuttle schedule routes and times will be communicated closer to the event date..


Participants are encouraged to bring with them a dual-band mobile handset (900/1800 MHZ). The national telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom sales sim cards and airtime inside the airport arrival terminal.

In the city, you have the option of buying from Ethio Telecom or from Safaricom to various hotels.


September weather ranges from 10 to 23 degrees Celsius with a chance for light rain. With a sunny and mildly cool weather in the forecast, we still encourage you to pack a jacket as the mornings and evenings in Addis tend to be a bit chilly and windy.

The altitude in Addis Ababa is high, expect to experience light headedness. We recommend you constantly hydrate and rest when possible.


Discounted rates are only available by contacting the hotels listed on our website. Click here to access the list of hotels. Please enter the discount code "ICPHC" when booking to receive the discounted price. Any bookings made outside of this modality will not qualify for the special rates.


Don’t forget to arrange for your airport transfer service directly with the hotel you have booked. There is no central airport shuttle service.


Electric supply in Ethiopia is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles, AC-accessible via 13amp, two-pin (European) socket. Please ensure you bring any peripherals (charging cables etc) with the necessary travel adaptors for the region.


Ethiopian currency is denominated in “birr”. The exchange rate fluctuates slightly daily. Please make sure to ONLY exchange your international currency at official banks and exchange centers. Do not use the unofficial street market, please. You are advised to carry less than $3,000 upon entry to Ethiopia and only exchange limited amounts at a time as it is very difficult to convert your Birr back into USD. As a growing city, many restaurants and hotels accept mainly VISA and MasterCard as form of payments. However, many of the cafes and smaller restaurants only accept cash. Please do check with the establishment if they accept card payments before you consume. There are many ATMs around the city that accept VISA and MasterCard – all withdrawals are ONLY in Birr. Please be aware of your surrounding as you withdraw cash.


Ethiopia is known for its hospitality and welcoming citizens. Addis Ababa is fast becoming a metropolitan city, and with it, petty crimes are slowly growing. Therefore, we ask all of our guests to be vigilant, keep your valuables in your front pockets and keep the cute street kids who sell gums at arm’s length. Do not walk late at night – please use the taxis or call for your taxi using ride hailing apps. While you are at the conference, please ensure that you:
• Always wear your badge in a visible manner
• Do not leave bags and parcels unattended, as they may be confiscated or destroyed
• Do not bring unauthorized persons into the Conference
• Look after your valuable property
• Check that you have all your documents and personal items before you leave conference halls and meeting rooms
• Inform the event staff if you lose anything valuable

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