Coronavirus Outbreak: Consular Opening Hours

The Consular Section will be open on Tuesday and Thursday only, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (midday).

Effective immediately, the Consular Department will only provide essential services. For the foreseeable future, these essential services will be limited to the issuance of emergency travel documents (Laissez-passer) for Ethiopian nationals needing to travel urgently.

All other routine services, including visas, passports, ID cards, legalisation and power of attorney have been suspended until further notice.

As per the guidance issued by the Ethiopian and UK governments, customers are urged not to travel unless absolutely essential. If you must travel to Ethiopia, we recommend applying for your visa online at www.evisa.gov.et or on arrival at Bole International Airport. Once again, the Embassy will not issue routine visas to travellers until further notice.

For consular emergencies, please contact us on 020 7838 3898.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

~MANAGEMENT

Important Customer Notices

Please be advised that the official visa website for ALL online visa applications for Ethiopia, managed and operated by the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, can only be found at www.evisa.gov.et.

Any other websites purporting to offer online visa services to Ethiopia are fraudulent. The Government of Ethiopia will not be liable for any payments made nor for any inconvenience caused to applicants submitting their applications via these websites.

The Consular Section only accepts credit and debit card payments for all Consular Services. Payments by cash, postal orders or banker’s draft are no longer accepted. 

Legalisation of documents take place on Mondays and Wednesdays only, from 9 am – 3 pm.

Consultations with our Diaspora Department for all Ethiopians in the UK without travel documentation take place on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10 am – 12 pm.

FAQs

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Ethiopia?

    All visitors to Ethiopia, with the exception of nationals from Djibouti and Kenya, are required to apply for a visa. See <link> for further information. Travellers who arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to catch a connecting flight to an onward destination do not require a visa.

  • Do I require an appointment to submit my application in person?

    An appointment is not required. Please submit your application at any time during the Consular working hours.

  • How long does it take to apply for a visa?

    It takes up to 3 working days to process a visa application. Postal applications take longer to process.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    We only accept debit or credit cards. Please review the Table of Fees (link to fees table) for further information.

  • What is the status of my e-Visa?

    e-Visas are administered by the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Ethiopia. You may check e-Visa status online at www.evisa.gov.et. Once e-Visa is approved, an approval letter is sent directly to your email address.

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