Ethiopia Security Services

Ethiopia Secure Transportation & Executive Protection Services

ETS Risk Management provides secure transportation and protective security services to a wide range of clients traveling to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Our local experienced executive protection and secure transport team have been working with ETS for five years. We have an extensive security capability in Ethiopia with a range of non-armored SUVs and trained security drivers.

ETS provides security transportation and executive protection to a range of visitors and business travelers in Ethiopia. Our services include unarmed airport transfers and dedicated executive protection teams for business travel, and VIP Executive Protection. Our main area of operation is in Addis Ababa where our local team is based but we have the capability to explore further regions if there is a requirement.


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ETS Secure Transportation in Ethiopia

ETS has a comprehensive service capability within Ethiopia. We are the trusted provider of secure transportation to a range of Fortune 10, 100, and 500, VIPs, NGOs, and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) traveling in the region. Over the past five years, we have provided security solutions for our clients through a range of services. This includes the coordination, development, and logistical planning of numerous VIP travel itineraries, multiple secure airport transfers for business and executive travelers, including optional services for meetings and corporate events.

Online booking, if preferred, is available via the ExecSecure® Platform, or please contact us.

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Ethiopia Security Overview

There is a medium to high risk of terrorism in Ethiopia. Al-Shabaab who are predominantly based in Somalia has the capability to mount attacks throughout East Africa including Ethiopia. Likely targets include crowded spaces, transport hubs, and public places visited by foreign travelers.

Ethiopia is considered high-risk for crime. Opportunistic criminals operate throughout the region and will target individuals those who lack situational awareness. Petty crimes, including pickpocketing, theft, and harassment from youth gangs are common. Gangs are particularly active in the Addis Ababa region, and crowded areas are vulnerable. Western travelers, including humanitarian aid workers, journalists, and business travelers are at increased risk of kidnapping attempts. The areas considered most dangerous are located on the southern border with Kenya and Ethiopia’s Somalia region. The kidnap threat is likely to exist throughout the region.

Travel by road in Ethiopia is high risk. The standard of driving in Ethiopia is poor; the majority of drivers are uninsured and unqualified. Road traffic laws are not enforced; drivers lack discipline and awareness. The roads are inadequately marked and in poor condition, especially in rural areas where visibility is reduced. Drivers are known to travel at excessive speeds where road and vehicle conditions are unsafe. Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) are common. World Health Organization (WHO) has advised Ethiopia as having one of the highest death rates in the world as a result of RTCs.

If we can help with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

FAQ’s for Secure Travel to Ethiopia

Is Ethiopia safe for business travel?2024-03-08T02:07:48-05:00

Ethiopia, predominantly Addis Ababa, has a serious crime issue, mainly opportunistic in nature. But, most importantly, Ethiopia has one of the worst rates of traffic fatalities in the world, and also, road travel after dark outside cities is dangerous.

Any business travel to Addis Ababa should have secure transportation as part of a robust security plan.

Can security be armed in Ethiopia?2024-03-07T23:59:07-05:00

No, private security in Ethiopia cannot be armed.  All Executive Protection is unarmed; therefore, it’s essential that accurate planning and preparation is considered pre-travel to ensure personal security is priority.

Can Armored Vehicles be used in Ethiopia?2024-03-29T03:12:30-04:00

No, armored vehicles are not commonly used in Ethiopia for two reasons, firstly because they are difficult to source.  Secondly, the risk in Ethiopia does not require this level of personal protection, therefore most business travelers request to utilize SUVs.

Is terrorism in Ethiopia a risk to travelers?2024-03-08T02:27:58-05:00

Yes, there is a considerable risk of terrorism in Ethiopia.  Extremist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab have a growing presence across East Africa.  Border areas with Kenya and Somalia present a higher risk to western travelers and should be avoided where possible.

There is a reasonable risk of terrorism in Addis Ababa.  It is likely extremist organizations have the capability to mount attacks against westerner travelers if the opportunity is presented.  Although the last terrorist attack in Addis Ababa occurred in 2013, it is important to remain cautious of the threat and consider the risks when located in heavily westerner hotspots.

Do I need private security when traveling in Ethiopia2024-03-08T02:05:17-05:00

A common requirement for security services in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is for secure airport transfers and onward transport for business travel. An executive protection officer with an understanding of the local culture and excellent ground knowledge encourages safe movement in an unfamiliar region, and should strongly be considered if travelling outside of the city center.

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