VISA

All foreign nationals who seek to enter Ethiopia are required to get visa. Travelers arriving at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for connecting flight are not required to have visa provided that they do not leave the airport or pass the Immigration Desk.

 

The Ethiopian Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency has temporarily suspended E-Visa and Visa-On-Arrival Visa services to all passengers travelling from the U.S. to Ethiopia with the exception of Ethiopian passport holders and Ethiopian Origin ID (Yellow Card) holders. Passengers can obtain visa from the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C. either in person or by mail.

 

Travelers are advised to make sure that they meet all the following requirements to get the type of visa for which they are applying.

Visa Types

Tourist Visa

Tourist visa is issued for visitors desiring to enter Ethiopia temporarily for tourism or a visit.

The following options are available under tourist visas:

  • Single entry visa valid for up to 30 days
  • Single entry visa valid for 3 months
  • Multiple entry visa valid for 3 months
  • Multiple entry visa valid for 6 months

How to Apply for Tourist Visa

You can use the following options to apply for a tourist visa

Applying in Person

You can apply for a tourist visa at the Embassy in person at any time during working hours.

Required documents

Apply by Courier

The Embassy of Ethiopia accepts visa applications by post or courier service.

Required Documents

Business Visa

If you wish to travel to Ethiopia to undertake business or any work, including voluntary work, you will require a business visa approved by the office of Immigration, Nationality and Vital Event Agency. Business visa applications can be made in person at the Embassy or via post or courier service.

Except for holders of Diplomatic Passport, Official Passport, Service Passport, UN travel document, all other visa applicants should get Visa Approval from Ethiopian Immigration, Nationality and Vital Event Agency. The Host Company or sponsor in Ethiopia should request a visa approval from Ethiopian Immigration, Nationality and Vital Event Agency on behalf of the applicant Including US ordinary passport holders.

US Diplomats or Officials travelling with Diplomatic or Official Passport must bring an official letter from the US State Department.

Diplomats or Officials of other countries travelling with Diplomatic, official or service Passport or UN travel document must bring an official letter from Embassies or appropriate Authorities.

Required Documents

  • Current Passport. The passport must be valid for at least six months.
  • One recent passport-size photograph.
  • Copy of Green Card or I-94 or Work Permit (for Non-US Nationals)
  • VISA APPROVAL from Ethiopian Immigration, Nationality and Vital Event Agency
  • A completed visa application form (Click here to download the application form)
  • Service fees will be paid in money order payable to Embassy of Ethiopia; (Click here to view a chart of the visa types and associated fees)
  • A self-addressed return envelope with a tracking number  (UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL)

Journalist Visa
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. If you are unsure if you need this kind of visa, please contact the Public Diplomacy Section.

Required Documents

  • Application letter on headed paper and signed, detailing:
  • The purpose of the trip, proposed dates of travel, locations and some background information about the report or program
  • Details of the travelling journalist(s)/crew (full name, passport number, nationality and role)
  • Copy of passport for each person travelling
  • A kit list / carnet of all equipment being taken
  • A list of all equipment being taken into Ethiopia, including serial numbers
  • Relevant supporting documents
  • Aerial photography / filming
  • If you plan on taking films or photos from a plane or helicopter, permission must be sought in advance from the Civil Aviation Authority. You must state this in your application letter.