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Clothing Etiquette- Ethiopia

edited June 2012 in - East Africa
I was wondering if anyone had specifics on clothing etiquette for Ethiopia. I am a teenage girl and there has been sparse information for my age group.

Specific questions:
1- Is it polite or just weird (as a tourist) to cover your head in a church?
2- How long should girls' pants or skirts be?
3- Is there any type of shoe that is unacceptable or impractical? (Obviously not high heels or anything, but...)
4- Must I have my shoulders covered or anything like that?

Thank you very much! :)


  • Hi Kastahi
    To answer all you questions...
    no need to cover your head in side the church,normal way of dressing is acceptable,you can wear any type of shoe provided it is comfortable for you  no dressing code very cultured and friendly peoples.
    for any further info you can contact me   [email protected]
  • no way it is Ethiopia and to be honest with you you cant inter in the church with your shoe for further info please email me [email protected]
    local guide
  • Dear Kastahi,


    For more information on what you have gathered so far.

    Ethiopia is a land of Ethics, high on Religion and a beauty in all aspects.
    There are certain things to consider as a girl and a woman when traveling to Ethiopia.

    1. All churches require the decency of women of all ages to cover their hair and preferably wear decent length dresses (up to the knees not shorter) or pants that are not too sexy (To be more specific).
    2.You can wear any kind of shoes you like there are no specifics on this regard
    3.It is preferred to be in a decent state when going to church. Shoulders or anything else not in specific... even if you do not cover your head please be aware of how you present yourself as a woman.
    anywhere else you can dress as you comfortably like!

    If you have any questions any time in regards to traveling to Ethiopia or anything for that matter It will be my pleasure to assist you. you can contact me at: [email protected]

    Have a wonderful day!

  • What to take

    You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labeled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, or sports bag, maximum 20 kg, plus a day pack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. It is important to pack clothes for warm days and cool evenings, a warm jacket is recommended. You will have a number of early mornings, and because of altitude, the climate in Addis Ababa and in the Dorze village is not typically ‘Tropical”. On the contrary, it can get very cool in the evenings/early mornings. A set of smart casual clothes are also advisable.

    Local dress

    It is recommended to cover legs, and to remove shoes and hats in churches and monasteries. Women should cover their hair with a shawl in churches/monasteries. Please note that Ethiopia is a fairly conservative country, so please dress accordingly.
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