Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

There are no set standards for required documentation to sign a lease.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1 months’ rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit is returned after lease termination, completion of inspection, cleaning, and payment for final utilities.

Rental Commission

Should you choose to utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually charge the equivalent of 1 months’ rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the tenant.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer and cheque are preferred methods of payment, but wire transfer can be arranged.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Registration fee at the ICS (International Community School) of approximately 500 USD
• Registration fee at the Sandford International School of approximately 333 USD

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer, check, and cash are accepted methods of payment.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Translated and certified copy of foreign driver’s license
• Valid residence permit
• Two passport photos

It is necessary to convert to a local license upon arrival in Ethiopia.

Additional Notes

An origin country driver’s license needs to be verified (by the Embassy) and authenticated (Ethiopian Foreign Ministry), prior to a conversion application.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid passport
• Work permit
• Proof of address

Time Required

Typically opening a bank account can be completed in 2 days.