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A Laissez-passer is an official travel document issued by the Ethiopian Embassy to Ethiopian citizens needing to travel to Ethiopia urgently, in the event that their passport or travel document has been lost or stolen.


Please note that this document can only be used once to go back to Ethiopia. This is a temporary document.


Applications must be made in person at the Embassy. You will be required to provide Two passport size photograph.


Working hours Monday – Friday, Morning 9:30am – 1:00pm Afternoon 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
For further details contact us on 0207 589 7212


To apply for a Laissez-passer travel document, please read the following information carefully.


1. Download and complete the application form

Download Form

Completing the Application Form

Complete the application form for each person travelling to Ethiopia.

The form must be completed in BLOCK CAPITAL letters in either blue or black ink.

You must:

  • Complete the form to the best of your ability, answering all the required questions clearly. Your application may not be processed if you fail to provide all necessary information
  • Sign and date the form, where asked

If you have any questions concerning your application, please contact the consular section via the contact form.

Required Documents

2. Gather the required documents

  • A completed Laissez-passer application form

    Application Form

    We cannot accept forms submitted by email.

  • A formal application letter

    A formal application letter detailing the reason for your application.

  • Documents certifying your citizenship

    Documents allowed are ID Cards, Birth Certificates, Copy of your Passport, etc.

  • Two recent, passport-sized colour photographs

    The photograph should be full face without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless for ethnic or religious reasons.

    The photo should be attached to the application form by paper clip or another non-permanent means. DO NOT staple the photographs to the application form.

    Please write your name on the back of the photograph in BLOCK CAPITAL letters.

    Please note that we may not accept photographs that do not meet these specifications.

  • The application fee

    A list of the fees can be found here.

Download Form
Fees and Payment

3. Fees and Payment

The fee for a Laissez-Passer application is £100.00.

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

Payment by cheque or any means other than those stated above, cannot be accepted.
Required Documents

4. Submitting your application

You may submit your application on Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 1:00pm in the Morning and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

For further details contact us on 020 7589 7212.
Fees and Payment
Processing times

5. Processing times and return of documents

Provided you have submitted all the required documents, applications are usually processed within 20min.