The British government are strongly urging Brits to immediately leave Ethiopia “whatever their circumstance” as the ongoing fighting is getting closer to the capital, Addis Ababa.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has warned that routes out of the country are becoming “severely” limited and in the future there may no way of fleeing the country.
Minister for Africa Vicky Ford said, “In the coming days we may see the fighting move closer to Addis Ababa, which could severely limit options for British nationals to leave Ethiopia.
“I am urging all British nationals, whatever their circumstance, to leave immediately, while commercial flights are readily available and Addis Ababa Bole International Airport remains open.
“Interest-free loans are available to help British nationals to return to the UK who may otherwise struggle to afford flights.
“Those who choose not to leave now should make preparations to shelter in a place of safety over the coming weeks.
“We cannot guarantee there will be options to leave Ethiopia in the future.”
On the 9 November the FCDO first warned for Brits to flee the country as they then warned conflict “has the potential to escalate and spread quickly and with little warning.”
Last month Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed declared a “national state of emergency” as Tigray forces are moving closer to the capital as there has been months of political tensions.