Ethiopian Airlines (ADD layover)

Old Feb 22, 22, 12:38 pm
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Anyone knows if (re-)testing at ADD is still required for DXB bound passengers on a <4 hours transit there? Thinking of booking a J award Europe-ADD-DXB, but donít want to run the risk of testing positive in ADD.
It is no longer required unless you have been in either Nepal or Afghanistan within the previous 14 days.

However please note that if you are transiting in Ethiopia, you must have a printed PCR test resuilt with sample taken no more than 48 hours prior to the departure of the final sector into Dubai (ie. 48 hrs prior to the departure time of the Addis-Dubai sector). You will also be tested upon arrival in Dubai pre-immigration.
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Old Feb 26, 22, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
It is no longer required unless you have been in either Nepal or Afghanistan within the previous 14 days.

However please note that if you are transiting in Ethiopia, you must have a printed PCR test resuilt with sample taken no more than 48 hours prior to the departure of the final sector into Dubai (ie. 48 hrs prior to the departure time of the Addis-Dubai sector). You will also be tested upon arrival in Dubai pre-immigration.
I concur...I did IAD ADD DXB last Saturday. Note that from the time I landed at DXB, took the mandatory test (no real lines...every person for themselves), went through immigration, picked up my baggage, and bought a SIM card, it was two hours. I expected, wrongly, that there would be an immigration line for premium passengers, but I guess that only happens for Emirates' premium customers.

(Note that DXB will have changes for the better starting 28 February, but one should check those changes for their individual situation.)
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Old Feb 26, 22, 2:49 pm
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I expected, wrongly, that there would be an immigration line for premium passengers, but I guess that only happens for Emirates' premium customers.
You can purchase priority immigration access through Marhaba, but that's about it for priority on the Dubai side.
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Old Mar 11, 22, 7:20 am
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HI guys, I am transiting (airside) through ADD (from EZE to VIE) and the layover is about 5-6 hours. Austria do not require any pre-departure covid testing. Do I currently need any negative covid test to board a flight to ADD where I will be only transiting? I know about the negative test 120 hours before departure but this is only for entry the country right?
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Old Mar 11, 22, 9:43 am
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Originally Posted by casey89 View Post
HI guys, I am transiting (airside) through ADD (from EZE to VIE) and the layover is about 5-6 hours. Austria do not require any pre-departure covid testing. Do I currently need any negative covid test to board a flight to ADD where I will be only transiting? I know about the negative test 120 hours before departure but this is only for entry the country right?
You need to comply with the regulations of your destination country only - no special requirements for transit in Addis.

You will remain airside anyway for a transit <8 hours so it is a moot point, but even entry on a transit visa does not require a PCR test (but you would then be required to remain in your provided hotel during the entire layover).
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Old Mar 11, 22, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
You need to comply with the regulations of your destination country only - no special requirements for transit in Addis.

You will remain airside anyway for a transit <8 hours so it is a moot point, but even entry on a transit visa does not require a PCR test (but you would then be required to remain in your provided hotel during the entire layover).
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Old Mar 30, 22, 11:05 pm
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Is it likely ET would provide hotel accommodation on a itinerary that's booked with a >8 hour layover in ADD, where a shorter connection (<8 hours) exists?
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Old Mar 31, 22, 3:49 am
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Is it likely ET would provide hotel accommodation on a itinerary that's booked with a >8 hour layover in ADD, where a shorter connection (<8 hours) exists?
If it is a single ticket, the additional surcharge for the layover is already built into the cost for connections longer than 8 hours.
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Old Apr 6, 22, 7:34 pm
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We are traveling ORD-ADD-VFA and ET have scheduled us a 30 min transfer at ADD. Originally it was 70 mins. I am assuming they did that with regard to actually making that transfer, but maybe I'm being optimistic. Anyone have experience?
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Old Apr 7, 22, 2:06 am
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We are traveling ORD-ADD-VFA and ET have scheduled us a 30 min transfer at ADD. Originally it was 70 mins. I am assuming they did that with regard to actually making that transfer, but maybe I'm being optimistic. Anyone have experience?
30 minutes is fine. Legal minimum connecting time is 20 minutes for an ET-ET international itinerary and I've made connections <15 minutes multiple times (as did my bags).
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Old May 26, 22, 8:56 am
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I am flying many ET segments (on an Aeroplan redemption) for my upcoming trip this weekend & confused about STPC. All segments are in business.

IST - ADD - JNB (18 hr layover, there is another ADD - JNB with 3.5 hr connection)
JNB - ADD - IST (9.5 hr layover, no other alternative)

I was wondering if I am eligible for complimentary transit visa + hotel is both of these segments ? If yes, how to avail it? I emailed generic reservation line of ET & they responded with a confusing (and slightly contradicting response)

Thank you for your email

Please be advised that if your flight was operated fully by Ethiopian airlines the airlines the airlines would've provided you with hotel accomodation but since your ticket was not issued by Ethiopian airlines you need to cover the hotel accomodation and the transit visa as well.
My guess is they are referring to my Aeroplan PNR but then all segments are operated by Ethiopian so I am genuinely confused on what they mean by this?

Also, is Visa On Arrival active now? (i heard it was stopped in the past). I am planning to do some day tours while in ADD - i am hoping the free transit visa + Hotel program allows me to do it without any hiccups ?

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Old May 26, 22, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by jugaadkabaap View Post
I was wondering if I am eligible for complimentary transit visa + hotel is both of these segments ? If yes, how to avail it?
Yes. You will receive a voucher at check-in for the Skylight Hotel if in Business Class (alternatively you can pull up the voucher from the "Feel Addis" tab in the mobile app after completing OLCI). The voucher covers hotel, meals, transfers and visa. No difference if you are on a partner issued ticket, provided the incoming and outgoing flights from Addis are both operated by ET.
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Old May 26, 22, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
Yes. You will receive a voucher at check-in for the Skylight Hotel if in Business Class (alternatively you can pull up the voucher from the "Feel Addis" tab in the mobile app after completing OLCI). The voucher covers hotel, meals, transfers and visa. No difference if you are on a partner issued ticket, provided the incoming and outgoing flights from Addis are both operated by ET.
thanks for prompt response.

I contacted ET via social media & also YYZ ET desk - they both are of the opinion that I won’t get free vouchers on my outbound as there’s an earlier connection possible to JNB from ADD.

as per ET social media, I will be able to get a voucher on arrival to ADD but at a cost.

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No because there is a flight departing the same date at 08;40 am. You chose the flight with the long layover and you will pay for the accommodation.

I apologize, we don't know the price and the hotel name here, you will be advised upon arrival at the airport.
I read elsewhere here in the forum that, some folks with manufactured connections also got free vouchers! Any insights on these?

plus I was told by ET social media that due to Covid - I won’t be allowed to go out of the hotel. My major plan for the extended layover was to explore the city and do some tours. If I am forced to stay in the hotel & not venture out to see the city - I am more inclined to change my flight to an earlier connection and save time.

Wonder if anyone has any recent experience?

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Old May 26, 22, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by jugaadkabaap View Post
Wonder if anyone has any recent experience?
There are the official regulations which are spouted back to you by the social media teams and there is the reality on the ground.

If you have any connection >7h59m and <= 23h59m and are on ET metal both inbound and outbound, regardless of earlier flights being available, regardless of ticket stock, regardless of award or revenue, you will receive the STPC voucher. For Business Class, this will almost always be at Skylight (unless it is full then you may wind up in Radisson Blu or Ramada).

Once you are in the layover hotel, you can exit into town with a gate pass. Only Skylight seems to enforce this however - the other hotels couldn't care less. To get the gate pass you need to either show a PCR test <72 hours old, a rapid test <24 hours old or a vaccine certificate (2 shots, no booster needed). Addis is not particularly big on COVID protocols nowadays anyway. People are more likely to be wearing masks because of the pollution in town.

As for recent experiences, my most recent data point was from a relative approximately 2 hours ago, so unless something has changed since then....
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Old May 26, 22, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
There are the official regulations which are spouted back to you by the social media teams and there is the reality on the ground.

If you have any connection >7h59m and <= 23h59m and are on ET metal both inbound and outbound, regardless of earlier flights being available, regardless of ticket stock, regardless of award or revenue, you will receive the STPC voucher. For Business Class, this will almost always be at Skylight (unless it is full then you may wind up in Radisson Blu or Ramada).

Once you are in the layover hotel, you can exit into town with a gate pass. Only Skylight seems to enforce this however - the other hotels couldn't care less. To get the gate pass you need to either show a PCR test <72 hours old, a rapid test <24 hours old or a vaccine certificate (2 shots, no booster needed). Addis is not particularly big on COVID protocols nowadays anyway. People are more likely to be wearing masks because of the pollution in town.

As for recent experiences, my most recent data point was from a relative approximately 2 hours ago, so unless something has changed since then....
Damn , good to know. Your last line really made me chuckle :P

I do have vaccine certs (with booster) so I can definitely provide those. Seems like you are in town almost every week so may be you can help me get out of the analysis paralysis.

I have 2 layovers in ADD (18 hrs, 5:55AM till 11ish PM) and another on return 9:30hr one (mandatory, 5:55AM to 3PM). I could cut my first 18 hrs layover to 3hrs at no extra cost (there's inventory available as we speak) and reach JNB early (more time for safari). Or I can maintain current schedule and take a gamble with STPC voucher just like you detailed earlier.

Major question is does it makes sense or is it worth to take that gamble and explore Addis (hopefully) for an extra 12ish hrs . Or is it just enough to make use of the 2nd mandatory layover to get a local flavour. ?
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