Practical Info

Conference Update

Dear Distinguished Guests/Participants,

The upcoming International Conference on (Re-) Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICREID2020) scheduled to take place at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from March 18 – 20, has been postponed to October 2020 due to the evolving situation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak globally and Africa.

The decision to postpone the meeting is based on the following considerations:

  1. Several speakers have cancelled and others have expressed concerns about international travel and/or attending a large meeting. We believe it is likely that many more participants will cancel in the next week.
  2. The changes happening in airports and increasing number of travel restrictions being made by countries and organizations daily will not allow many participants to travel to Addis Ababa for the conference. Moreover, people may be stuck in transit or required to quarantine depending on their route of travel.
  3. With the increasing numbers of countries reporting cases, we do not want to remove people from focusing on the important work of preparedness and response to COVID-19.

The health and well-being of the ICREID community, as well as that of our local host community, are the priority.
We shall tentatively re-schedule the Conference for October 2020, recognizing that this date will also require further consideration.

We extend our sympathies and messages of support to all of those who have been afflicted by COVID-19 or otherwise adversely impacted by the outbreak to date.


ICREID 2020 Scientific and Organizing Committees

Visa Information

Regular visa-on-arrival

Delegates from African countries are eligible for the standard a visa-on-arrival service. Citizens of Kenya and Djibouti do not need a visa to visit Ethiopia.

The standard Visa-on-arrival can also be issued at Bole International Airport for nationals and permanent residents of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Democratic people’s Republic of Korea (northern Korea), Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (south Korea), the Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.


If you prefer to apply for an E-Visa, nationals of all countries can apply here: E-VISA ETHIOPIA

For more information, consult the Ethiopian Consulate for your country. The Conference Secretariat will not be able to assist you with your e-visa application.

Invitation letter

If you need an invitation letter or if you have any questions you can contact the Conference Secretariat via 

Other information

Bank and currency

The currency of Ethiopia is the Ethiopian birr (ETB).

Certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance will be sent per e-mail after the meeting.

Conference language

The main conference language will be English. Translation to the official languages of the African Union will be available including Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Kiswahili.


This conference is intended for educational purposes only and aims to offer participants the opportunity to share information. The Organizing Secretariat of this conference, Virology Education, cannot accept any liability for the scientific content of the sessions or for any claims which may result from the use of information or publications from this conference. Virology Education disclaims all liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by individuals attending the conference.

Electrical power

Ethiopia uses 220 V, 50 Hz electric power. Visitors using other types of plugs must bring an adapter and/or a voltage converter.

Invitation letters

An official letter of invitation, designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries is available. Please contact the conference secretariat via for this letter. This letter does not represent a commitment on the part of the organization to provide any financial assistance. The organizing secretariat is unable to provide more extensive invitation letters.

Liability and insurance

By registering for the conference, participants agree that the organizers do not accept responsibility for medical, travel, or personal insurance. Participants are advised to take out their own insurance policies.

Meeting venue

The African Union Commission Conference Center (AUCCC)

Roosvelt Street (Old Airport Area)

W21K19 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Payment and procedure of online registration

Your registration will be processed after receipt of payment. Payment can be processed either online or by credit card authorization. The registration fee that is valid on the day of receipt of registration will be applied, provided that payment is effected immediately. If your payment has not been received within 2 weeks after the online registration, your registration will be cancelled without further notice.

Photographs, audio and video recording

Photographs as well as audio and video recordings are not permitted at the official meeting sessions. Only the official medical writer appointed by the organization may make recordings. All presentations that we were granted permission for will be posted on the workshop website as soon as possible after the meeting is finished, provided the speaker has given permission to do so.

Registration fee, criteria and cancellation conditions

Online registration for the meeting will be possible until the first day of the meeting. For an onsite registration a supplement of €50 will be charged. For more information on fees and online registration, please visit the registration page of this meeting.

Related meetings & events

For the organization of meetings and events with topics related to this meeting we kindly request you to contact the secretariat.


Our program is being made possible by the financial support of the pharmaceutical industry and governmental institutions. Interested parties are kindly requested to contact Zara Mathew


Please consult your local Ministry of Health for advice on recommended vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis. Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended and is obligatory for individuals travelling from high-risk countries.