Visas

 

All visitors to Ethiopia require visas. The only exceptions are nationals from Djibouti and Kenya and travellers who arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to catch a connecting flight.

 

Please note that if you arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and have to wait a few hours for a connecting flight, providing you do not leave the airport or pass the Immigration Desk, you will not require a transit visa.  However, if you leave the airport for any length of time between flights you will require a transit visa.

Types of Visas

Please select your option below and read the information carefully, as it contains vital information for your visa application.

FAQs

General Questions & Application Process View all
  • How do I apply for a visa?

    You can apply for a visa either in person at the Embassy, by post or courier, on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport or online. See <link> for further information. 

  • 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.

  • When should I apply for a visa?

    As visas are valid from the date of issue, we recommend that you apply for a visa nearer towards the time of arrival. Business visa applicants are required to obtain approval from the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs prior to applying for a visa at the Embassy. Please allow at least 21 days.

  • Can I get my visa on the same day I apply?

    We cannot guarantee visa issuance on the same day that you apply. However, in some cases, this may be possible. Normal visa processing takes up to 3 working days. You will be advised of your options at the time you apply.

  • 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.