Lagos, Nigeria – July 2, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines (ET), the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline has issued a press release July 2, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria.

In the press release, the airlines responded to a certain news report regarding an alleged seizure of foreign currency by personnel of the Ethiopian Customs & Revenue Authority (ECRA) at the Addis Ababa International Airport. The press release states the news report by some media houses in Nigeria is incorrect and misleading, and have asked such media houses to refrain from misinforming the traveling public.

Below is the full text of the statement issued by ET today:

July 2, 2019


Some media outlets in Nigeria are circulating incorrect information regarding alleged seizure of foreign currency by the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority (ECRA) personnel at Addis Ababa International Airport.

A case in point is a report posted on the website of Channels Television, based in Lagos and other Nigerian cities, under the headline ‘Ethiopia Steps Up Seizure Of Foreign Currency From Passengers’.

The ‘news’ allegedly claims that passengers transiting Ethiopia with foreign currencies in excess of $3 000 (three thousand US Dollars) will have their money seized and face further legal action if they do not inform ECRA in advance.

This is an incorrect and misleading statement that needs correction. Any passenger transiting Addis Ababa without leaving the airport is free to board his/her next flight carrying whatever amount of foreign currencies from the previous flight.

However, if passengers enter Ethiopia carrying money in excess of $3000 (three thousand US Dollars), they are required to declare the money they carry to ECRA personnel as they exit the airport and take declaration form for smooth check-in for their next flight. While this procedure is not unique to Ethiopia and is practiced by many countries, we inform our passengers by making repeated announcements on all of our flights and the Customs authority also displays the procedures on notice boards at Addis Ababa International Airport.

In fact, travelling to Ethiopian has been made easier, more convenient and simple with Visa on arrival and electronic visa.

While we are pleased to inform our dear customers on the correct procedures and practices to transit through Ethiopia or visit the country, we would like to take this opportunity to request some media houses to refrain from misinforming the travelling public.


‘Niyi David is a travel writer/photographer and Editor-in-Chief at More Cream Than Coffee. Previously, he worked at Afro Tourism West Africa Ltd as a travel writer, and was Head of Media and C.O.O. before leaving in May 2018. Prior to that he had worked as scriptwriter on some major media projects in Nigeria, such as 'Peak Talent Show' and the Ford Foundation sponsored 'Stop Impunity in Nigeria' campaign.