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.

 

UK Home Office Travel Document holders are required to submit their application in person and will be required to attend an interview. Interviews take place every day from 9.00am – 1.00pm only. Please bear this in mind when submitting your application.

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.