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.


Until further notice, the Embassy will only be processing Diplomatic and Service Visas by appointment only. All other routine visas should be applied for by post, online at, or on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.


Please note that without a prior appointment, the consular team will be unable to deal with your case and you will be asked to book an appointment for a future date. To avoid disappointment, schedule an appointment by contacting us on 0207 838 3877.


Effective June 1, 2018, the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affair, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, rolled out its e-visa service to all international visitors to Ethiopia. Therefore, all applicants are urged to apply for their visas online, exclusively at 


From 23rd March, all passengers entering Ethiopia are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at government-designated hotels and facilities. Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies. The 14-day quarantine does not apply to transit passengers. Transit passengers on a connecting flight will stay at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel until taking their connecting flight.


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.

Types of Visas

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


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. 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 Once e-Visa is approved, an approval letter is sent directly to your email address.