The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has further tightened the travel advice for Ethiopia due to the deteriorating security situation in the country. Dutch people outside the capital Addis Ababa are strongly advised to leave the country as soon as possible. People in the capital should consider whether it is necessary for them to stay there.
That is a tightening of the wording that has been used until now. Previous advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was: “We recommend that you and your family members leave Ethiopia if your stay in the country is not necessary.”
Since the beginning of November, a negative travel advice for Ethiopia has been in effect for Dutch people. With the exception of Addis Ababa, the whole country is colored red. “Do not travel to Ethiopia,” Foreign Affairs writes.
The situation in the country is unsafe because of a war that has been going on for more than a year. Rebels from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) say they are getting closer to the capital Addis Ababa.
France and Germany are calling on their nationals to leave Ethiopia as soon as possible. The United Nations has also asked family members of UN employees to leave the country immediately, AFP news agency reported on the basis of an internal document. The Dutch are “strongly advised” by the Dutch ambassador to leave the country.
The French embassy in Addis Ababa today sent an email to members of the French community in the country saying that “all French nationals are formally urged to leave the country without delay”. The embassy says it took this decision in view of “the changing military situation”.
In the email, the French embassy said it plans to facilitate departures by reserving seats on commercial flights and arranging charter flights “if necessary”.
The German Foreign Ministry also called on compatriots in Ethiopia to leave the country on the first commercial flights available. The US has already made such an appeal to Americans before. According to military sources at CNN, the US military in neighboring Djibouti has special units ready to “help the US embassy if the situation worsens”.
The state of emergency has been in effect in the East African country since the beginning of November. TPLF rebels are in conflict with the government army. Thousands of people have been killed and two million Ethiopians are displaced.