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Ethiopia - Alert level 4 and Alert level 2

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has maintained Alert Level 4 in the Tigray, Afar, Amhara and Benishangul-Gumuz regions in northern Ethiopia. Alert Level 4 is raised when there is large-scale internal conflict or full-blown external attack. Under this Alert Level, the Philippine Government undertakes mandatory evacuation procedures.

The DFA continues to advise all Filipinos not to travel to these four regions at this time due to the ongoing conflict. Filipinos who are still in these four regions are advised to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places, and immediately prepare for evacuation.

The DFA has lowered to Alert Level 2 in Oromia (including the cities of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa), Somali, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region or SNNPR, Gambella, Harari and South West regions.

Alert Level 2 is issued when there are real threats to the life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from internal disturbance in or external threat to the host country. Under Alert Level 2, Filipinos in these regions are instructed to restrict non-essential movements, avoid public places and prepare for evacuation if necessary.

Under Alert Level 2, the Department of Labor and Employment allows only Overseas Filipino Workers with existing contracts (balik-manggagawa) to return to these six regions. They are expected to provide the following:

  1. Valid Ethiopian residence visa and/or work permit;

  2. Valid Employment Contract;

  3. Overseas Employment Certificate;

  4. Guarantee letter from employer stating the provision of the following:

    1. Repatriation options;

    2. Medical assistance; and

    3. Health insurance.

  5. Guarantee letter from employer, as reflected in the employment contract, or addendum to the agreement, that the Filipino workers will not be deployed to areas under Alert Level 4 (Tigray, Afar, Amhara and Benishangul-Gumuz regions)

Filipinos in Ethiopia in need of assistance may contact the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, through email (, Viber/WhatsApp [(+20) 122 746472], or Facebook (@PHinEgypt).

They may also contact the Philippine Honorary Consul in Addis Ababa by email ( or by telephone [(+251) 118 648 752]. 

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