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.
Types of Visas
Please select your option below and read the information carefully, as it contains vital information for your visa application.
Tourist VisaFor individuals travelling to Ethiopia for tourism, visiting or pleasure.
Business VisaFor individuals travelling to Ethiopia to undertake business or any work, including voluntary work.
Journalist VisaFor journalists, filmmakers or professional photographers travelling to Ethiopia to report on a given situation or story.
Transit VisaFor individuals passing through Ethiopia on to another destination.
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. Visit our website for further information.
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.
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