COVID-19 Update: Resumption of Visa Services

29 Jul 2020

From Monday, 3 August 2020, the Embassy will resume processing visa applications – a service that had been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until further notice, the Embassy will accept all routine visa applications by post only. Applications made in person are not accepted. You may also apply for your visa online at www.evisa.gov.et or on arrival at Bole International Airport.

For emergencies, please contact us on 0207 838 3898 or by email on ca@ethioembassy.org.uk.

As postal applications take longer to process, please allow extra time and plan well ahead.
Your passport or travel document must be valid for a minimum of 6 months and also have at least two blank pages.
Diplomatic and service visas must be submitted in person at the Embassy by appointment.

Travelling to Ethiopia

On Friday, 13th March 2020, Ethiopia confirmed its first case of COVID-19. As of today, 29th July 2020, the total number of cases has risen to 15,810.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ethiopia has put in place measures to contain the spread of the virus. Click here for further information.

From 23rd March, all passengers entering Ethiopia are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Diplomats will be quarantined at their respective embassies.

  • All travellers arriving at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport who have a certificate of negative PCR SAR-CoV test done up to 5 days before arrival to Ethiopia, will be required mandatory 14-day self-quarantine/self-isolation at home after giving a sample upon arrival.
  • All travellers with no certificate of negative PCR SAR-CoV test results as well as returnees will be quarantined for 7 days at designated sites, tested, and then required to self-isolate for an additional 7 days at home
  • Individuals suspected of having COVID-19 or who test positive with mild or no symptoms will be asked to self-isolate at home if they have the resources, the support, are willing and fulfill the criteria
  • Individuals who do not meet self-isolation criteria will be isolated in non-clinical facilities.

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.

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