- Chidozie Uzoezie
Ethiopian Airlines Refutes Allegations of Foreign Currency Seizure
Ethiopian Airlines has described as incorrect information circulated by some media outlets in Nigeria regarding alleged seizure of foreign currency by the Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority (ECRA) personnel at Addis Ababa International Airport. One of the reports 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. In a statement signed by its General Manager in Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnen, Ethiopian Airlines said the information is incorrect and misleading and needs to be corrected. According to the airline, passengers transiting Addis Ababa without leaving the airport are free to board their 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."