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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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Let us demonstrate as a nation and people that in the face of adversity, we rise to the challenge of confronting the Coronavirus, united by our responsibility to the home we call Ethiopia!
31 Mar 2020
Together We Will Overcome!
There is a major flaw in the strategy to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Advanced economies are unveiling unprecedented economic stimulus packages. African countries, by contrast, lack the wherewithal to make similarly meaningful interventions. Yet if the virus is not defeated in Africa, it will only bounce back to the rest of the world.
25 Mar 2020
PM Abiy: If Covid-19 is not beaten in Africa it will return to haunt us all
Letter to the Editor - Ahmed Aboudou’s piece “Blood on the Nile...” with its 13 mentions of “war”, was alarmist, and contained inaccuracies. It is not the case that “war looms on the horizon”. All 10 African countries through which the Nile passes, including Egypt, know that war would be disastrous for all concerned.
25 Mar 2020
Civilisation and peace for who? Nile Basin is made up of 10 countries
As Coronavirus continues to change our lives in unprecedented ways, we wanted to give you further information on the actions we are now taking to keep all of our customers and employees safe, and the work we are doing to continue to provide essential services in these difficult times.
24 Mar 2020
Update: Our Approach to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Amid the developing Coronavirus situation, we have put in place measures as a responsible employer and service provider. We continue to closely monitor the situation and follow Government guidelines and will make necessary changes to ensure continuity of service and the protection of our customers and employees in case of the further spread of COVID-19.
17 Mar 2020
Our Approach to the Coronavirus Outbreak
የኢትዮጵያ ፌዴራላዊ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ሪፐብሊክ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር እና የውሃ፣ መስኖ እና ኢነርጂ ሚኒሰቴር የአሜሪካ የግምጃ ቤት ዲፓርትመንት ሴክሬታሪ በየካቲት 21 ቀን 2012 ዓ.ም. (እ.ኤ.አ. በ28 ፌብሩዋሪ 2020) የታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብን በተመለከተ ኢትዮጵያ ያልተሳተፈችበትን ስብሰባ ተከትሎ የወጣውን የፕሬስ መግለጫ በከፍተኛ ቅሬታ ተመልክተውታል።
29 Feb 2020
በታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዳሴ ግድብ ድርድር ዙሪያ የተሰጠ መግለጫ
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia noted with disappointment the Statement issued by the United States Department of Treasury on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) released on 28 February 2020, following a meeting held without Ethiopia’s participation.
29 Feb 2020
Statement of Ethiopia on the Negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
On 26 February, the Embassy hosted an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the very successful collaboration between Ethiopia and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Ambassador Fesseha warmly welcomed 90 guests to two illustrated talks, which were followed by a cocktail reception sponsored by Diageo.
28 Feb 2020
The British Institute in Eastern Africa celebrates 60 years of partnership with Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Green Legacy Intiative, which resulted in over 4 billion trees being planted in 2019, has been shortlisted for The Climate Coalition's Green Heart Hero Award, which recognises the incredible work that is being done to tackle climate change. Ethiopia is nominated under the “Overseas Inspiration” category.
25 Feb 2020
Ethiopia’s tree-planting drive shortlisted for national climate change award
A rare Ethiopian crown from the 18th century that was stolen and has been missing for two decades, was returned to Ethiopia on 20th February after it was discovered in the Netherlands. The crown was received by PM Abiy Ahmed, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, H.E. Dr. Hirut Kassaw, and other senior officials.
24 Feb 2020
Stolen 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia
Brighton Festival, the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England, is set to get a little taste of Ethiopia thanks to the acclaimed Ethio-British poet, playwright, broadcaster and speaker, Lemn Sissay MBE, who has been selected as this year's Guest Director. The Festival is scheduled to take place from 2 - 24 May and will feature some Ethiopian artists.
19 Feb 2020
Brighton Festival 2020 launches with Lemn Sissay as Guest Director

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.