For a foreigner to drive in Ethiopia, you need to get a temporary Ethiopian license, get your own license authenticated by your country’s embassy in Ethiopia, complete a certificate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and provide two photos. As it turns out, this is not to ensure some crazy foreigner doesn’t kill innocent Ethiopian drivers but rather – to protect the foreign driver from the insanity that occurs on Ethiopian roadways!
According to Driver Abroad:
“Ethiopia is statistically the most dangerous country to drive in, in the world with more deaths per motor vehicle than any other country. Roads are poorly maintained, inadequately marked, and poorly lit. Road travel after dark outside Addis Ababa and other cities is very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs due to hazards posed by broken-down vehicles left in the road, pedestrians and stray animals in the road, plus the possibility of armed robbery. Excessive speed and poor driving standards make many local drivers as dangerous as the roads themselves. Many vehicles are unlicensed and many drivers lack basic driver training or insurance.”
Still not convinced? The video below contains segments of CCTV video shot near Meskal Square in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and shows a typical Ethiopian traffic circle – no painted lines, no stoplights or stop signs, no pedestrian walkways – absolute chaos that you have to see to believe.