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The Public Diplomacy Department is the epicentre of public engagement at the Embassy - responsible for all its media relations and the promotion of Ethiopia’s image abroad. The Department works closely with all other departments at the Embassy.

Press and Media Enquiries

Contact the Press Office if you have a media enquiry, interview or information request.

Journalists and other media professionals should contact the Public Diplomacy Department for media enquiries and interview requests. Emails are regularly checked during opening hours. We aim to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.

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If you are a journalist, filmmaker or professional photographer and wish to travel to Ethiopia to report on a given situation or story, you will require a journalist visa.

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The Embassy of Ethiopia condemns, in the strongest terms, any acts of violence and human rights violations towards innocent civilians. The report in The Telegraph by Zecharias Zelalem (19 February 2021), insinuates that forces loyal to the Government are behind the atrocious acts of violence depicted in the alleged video. This notion has been published without verification.
19 Feb 2021
Statement to The Telegraph
Ethiopian Airlines has partnered with UNICEF for the global distribution of vaccines and other life-saving supplies. As per the agreement, Ethiopian will support the prioritisation of the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices, and other critical supplies to respond to the pandemic.
18 Feb 2021
Ethiopian Airlines partners with UNICEF for global COVID-19 vaccine distribution
As part of the “Doing Business in Ethiopia” webinar series focusing on different sectors of investment in Ethiopia, the Embassy hosted its first webinar of 2021 on 4th February. On the occasion, government officials and industry experts discussed the opportunities for trade and investment in Ethiopia’s booming horticulture industry.
9 Feb 2021
Embassy hosts webinar on Ethiopia’s Booming Horticulture Industry
The Government of Ethiopia condemns in the strongest of terms the accusation that it is “using hunger as a weapon”. After citing “accounts”, quoting “frettings” of a certain “Western diplomat” and hesitating that it is “impossible to know”, the article then proceeds to make such an unconscionable and serious claim.
8 Feb 2021
Letter to the Economist: Misrepresentation of the Government of Ethiopia
On 3rd February, Chatham House’s Africa Programme hosted a webinar on Ethiopia’s upcoming elections. Panellists at the virtual event discussed preparations for the upcoming polls, whether the Federal Government will be able to deliver secure, free, and fair elections under the current conditions, and the priority issues likely to be raised during the campaign period.
8 Feb 2021
Chatham House hosts webinar on Ethiopia’s upcoming elections
The Ethiopian government's victory over the Tigray People's Liberation Front came at a high cost, and the humanitarian situation in northern Tigray remains grave. But only an Ethiopia at peace, with a government bound by humane norms of conduct, can play a constructive role across the region and beyond.
8 Feb 2021
Toward a Peaceful Order in the Horn of Africa by PM Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopia is the latest destination to be awarded the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp following major steps implemented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism last year to ensure safety for residents, travellers, and workers and businesses in the tourism value chain, and revive the sector after the COVID-19 pandemic.
5 Feb 2021
Ethiopia receives WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp
Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia worldwide anticipate general elections this June after a prolonged Covid-19 postponement. The election will secure the appointment of members of the House of Peoples' Representatives and regional state councils. This electoral test will be the first for the ruling Prosperity Party. Opposition political parties say they centre their ambitions not only around party winnings but…
4 Feb 2021
Panel confirms Ethiopia prepping for June elections, Chatham House Africa Program
On 3rd February, Chatham House's Africa Programme hosted a webinar on Ethiopia's upcoming elections, which are scheduled to take place on 5th June 2021. Panellists at the virtual event discussed preparations for the upcoming polls, whether the Federal Government will be able to deliver secure, free and fair elections under the current conditions, and the priority issues likely to be raised during…
3 Feb 2021
Ambassador Teferi’s Remarks at the Chatham House event on Ethiopia’s elections
Bath has always been the first port of call outside London for Ethiopian Ambassadors to the Court of St James, and the virtual visit of Ambassador Teferi Melesse to three institutions in the historic and spa City of Bath on 28th January was no exception.
3 Feb 2021
Ambassador Teferi embarks on a virtual trip to Bath
COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, visited Addis Ababa and Gabon in January to discuss how the UK can work with Ethiopia to address climate change challenges. In his first overseas visit since becoming full-time COP26 President, Mr. Sharma met leaders from government and civil society, stressing the need for urgent climate action ahead of the important UN climate change summit the…
1 Feb 2021
Alok Sharma visits Ethiopia in first foreign visit since his full-time appointment as COP26 President

Embassy Newsletter

The Embassy publishes a monthly newsletter, which provides insight on recent developments in Ethiopian politics, international affairs, economics and investment, education, health and culture, tourism, media and sport.

If you would like a copy of any back issues that are not in our archive, please contact the Public Diplomacy Department.

A Week in the Horn

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes a weekly newsletter, which provides commentary from an Ethiopian perspective on developments in the Horn of Africa and the African Union.

If you would like a copy of any back issues that are not available in our archive, please submit your request to the Public Diplomacy Department or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website.

Charity Registration

Foreign charities and NGOs wishing to operate in Ethiopia are required to fulfill the registration requirements detailed under Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s House of Peoples’ Representatives Proclamation No. 1113/2019, otherwise known as the Organisations of Civil Societies Proclamation.

  • 1. Required Documents

    a. Legalised Certificate of Registration from the Charity Commission

    b. Legalised Articles of Association or Constituting Document of the Organisation wishing to register

    c. Legalised Resolution or Decision from Organisation’s Board or Competent Organ to operate in Ethiopia

    d. Legalised Power of Attorney for the Organisation’s Country Representative in Ethiopia from Organisation’s Board or Competent Organ

    e. Organisation’s Action Plan covering a minimum period of two years. The Action Plan shall include: objectives; beneficiary selection; implementation strategy; expected impacts and results; staffing; sustainability provisions; budget allocation stipulating the breakdown of its administrative and programming budget; and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

    Details of the legalisation services provided by the Embassy can be found here. Please also ensure that you retain all original  documentation as they will be required for processing in Ethiopia.

  • 2. Submission and Processing

    We recommend that you submit your application to the Embassy only once all of the required documentation is complete.

    Please submit scanned copies of the required documentation together with a signed covering letter requesting the Embassy’s recommendation for the Organisation to register as a foreign civil society organisation in Ethiopia by email to info@ethioembassy.org.uk.

    Your documentation will be reviewed, and if, at this stage, additional supporting documentation is required, you will be notified.

    If the Embassy confirms that your application fulfils these requirements, you will be invited for a face-to-face interview to discuss the application in further detail.

  • 3. Issuance of a Letter of Recommendation

    Following the face-to-face interview your application will be reviewed by our team for up to 21 days.

    Once the review is complete, subject to approval, a letter of recommendation will be transmitted directly to the Agency for Civil Societies Organisations in Ethiopia.

    The Organisation’s Legal Representative in Ethiopia can then follow-up directly with the Agency in order to finalise registration.

    Please note that all original documentation will be required to complete the registration process in Ethiopia
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FAQs

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  • What are the required documents for a visa and permit application?

    Please review the Journalist Visas page for information on the requirements to apply for a visa and permit.

  • I have urgent travel, can I get a journalist visa on the same day?

    No. As applications are approved in Ethiopia, please allow at least 21 working days to process your application.

  • When should I apply for a visa?

    To allow us to process your application to completion, please submit your application to the Press Office at least 21 working days prior to your trip. Please review the Journalist Visas page for further information.

  • How do I contact the Press Office?

    Journalists and other media professionals should contact the Public Diplomacy Department for media enquiries and interview requests.