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03rd July, 2019.

Ethiopian Airlines debunked news on currency seizure

Ethiopian Airlines has described as incorrect and misleading the news alleging that passengers transiting Ethiopia with foreign currencies in excess of $3,000 would not only have their money seized but that further legal action would be taken against them if they do not inform Ethiopian Customs and Revenue Authority (ECRA) in advance.

A statement signed by the General Manger, Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, Firihiewot Mekonnea alleged that some media outfits in Nigeria are circulating incorrect information regarding alleged seizure of foreign currency by ECRA personnel at Addis Ababa International Airport.

She cited a report posted on the website of a well known television station based in Lagos and other Nigerian cities, under the headline "Ethiopia Steps Up Seizure Of Foreign Currency From Passengers".

"This is an incorrect and misleading statement that needs correction. Any passenger transiting Addisa Ababa without leaving the airport is free to board his/her next flight carrying whatever amount of foreign currencies from the previous flight," the statement reads in part.

The statement, however, stated that if passengers enter Ethiopia carrying money in excess of $3000, 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.

It added that this procedure is not unique to Ethiopia and that is practiced by in 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," the statement said.

The airline stated that while it is pleased to inform its dear customers on the correct procedures and practices to transit through Ethiopia or visit the country, it however tasked media houses to refrain from misinforming the travelling public.

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