Ethiopia is a politically stable country. Its popular tourist destinations are safe and secure. Ethiopia is known to be still one of the safest places in Africa. Violent crimes are very rare. Tourist should be aware of pickpockets in crowded places like markets and its better not to showoff valuables and money. In some overland regions, it is recommended not to drive after dawn. In some remote areas, separatist movements have been active in the last years. Those regions are usually not easy to visit, or only with an official authorization.