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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.

Latest News

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A collection of Ethiopian artefacts that were looted by British soldiers during the Battle of Maqdala in 1868 are set to be returned to Ethiopia following a poignant handover ceremony at the prestigious Athenaeum Club in London on 8th September 2021. The objects were procured by the Scheherazade Foundation through auctions and private dealers.
9 Sep 2021
Artefacts looted in Maqdala in 1868 to be returned to Ethiopia
Speech by H.E. Ambassador Teferi Melesse Desta at the Ethiopian Investment Forum, held on 2 September 2020.
2 Sep 2021
Speech by H.E. Ambassador Teferi Melesse Desta at the Ethiopian Investment Forum
Press Briefing by Billene Seyoum, Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, on key highlights of the week and recent developments in Northern Ethiopia (Afar, Amhara, and Tigray Regions) - 26 August 2021, Addis Ababa 
26 Aug 2021
Transcript | Prime Minister’s Office Press Briefing – 26 August 2021
Press Briefing by Billene Seyoum, Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, on key highlights of the week and recent developments in Tigray and Northern Ethiopia - 20 August 2021
20 Aug 2021
Transcript | Prime Minister’s Office Press Briefing – 20 August 2021
Press Briefing by Billene Seyoum, Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, on key highlights of the week and recent developments in Tigray 12 August 2021
12 Aug 2021
Transcript | Prime Minister’s Office Press Briefing – 12 August 2021
Reaffirming our commitment to the protection of refugees, we request the UN Human Rights Commission to correct the biased and partial opinions of its rapporteur. We also call the Commission and other international humanitarian organizations to help our efforts of rescuing the refugees from the imminent danger they are in and assist our efforts of investigating the issue.
7 Aug 2021
A Response to the Statement by the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Regarding the Situation of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia
The Government will take all the necessary measures to ensure that these sacred places and other institutions are well protected and call on the international community to condemn this heinous act of the TPLF.
6 Aug 2021
Press Statement on Protection of Cultural Sites
The Government of Ethiopia has been committed to the Unilateral Humanitarian Ceasefire that it has declared on 28 June 2021 in a bid to give respite to the people of Tigray and make use of the farming season. Regrettably, the TPLF has failed to reciprocate.
6 Aug 2021
Statement on preoccupying issues in Ethiopia and the way forward
Press Briefing by Billene Seyoum, Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, on key highlights of the week and recent developments in Tigray.
5 Aug 2021
Transcript | Prime Minister’s Office Press Briefing – 5 August 2021
Full statement submitted to ITV News in response to their report "Tigray conflict: Food will run out for thousands in Ethiopia without aid relief, UN warns" (30 July 2021)
30 Jul 2021
Statement to ITV News on the Government’s Response to the Humanitarian Situation in Tigray
Press Briefing by Billene Seyoum, Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, on key highlights of the week and recent developments in Tigray.
28 Jul 2021
Transcript | Prime Minister’s Office Press Briefing – 28 July 2021
The Government of Ethiopia has been working tirelessly in collaboration with development partners to ensure continued supplies of food and medicine to those that are in desperate need of it. It will continue to work with its humanitarian partners to prevent breaks in humanitarian operations and for assistance to reach all affected communities.
22 Jul 2021
Tigray Region Humanitarian Assistance Update

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.