Visa Requirements

  • Except Kenya and Djibouti nationals, visas are required for all visitors to Ethiopia. Visitors should obtain a visa from an Ethiopian Embassy before departure.
  • All visas will be valid from the date of issue.
  • Tourist visa, can be issued on arrival at Bole International Airport for nationals and residents of the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Democratic people's Republic of Korea (northern Korea), Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (south Korea), the Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
  • All applications must be sent via mail with an envelope which has a TRACKING NUMBER. The applications must also have a self-addressed, prepaid UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL return envelop which has a tracking Number. You don't have to call the Embassy to check whether your application has been received or returned back to you since you have the option to track it online at the respective mailing company's website. If you send any ordinary mail without tracking numbers it will not be processed and will be sent back to the sender unprocessed.

A.Tourist VISA

  1. Current passport and the passport must be valid  for at least six months;
  2. One recent passport-size photograph.
  3. A completed visa application form
  4. For foreign nationals of Eritrean origin, please fallout the additional Application Form. And the Embassy also advice to submit your application at least 30 days ahead of your trip.
  5. Service fees will be paid in money order payable to Embassy of Ethiopia;
  6.  A self addressed return envelope with a tracking number UPS, or USPS EXPRESS MAIL

Business VISA

  1. Except holders of Diplomatic Passport, Official Passport, Service Passport and UN travel document, all business visa applicants should attach VISA APPROVAL LETTER from Ethiopian Immigration. The host company in Ethiopia should request the approval letter from Ethiopian Immigration on behalf of the applicant.
  2. Diplomats or Officials of other countries traveling with Diplomatic, official or service Passport or UN travel document must bring official letter from Embassies or appropriate Authorities.


  1. Current Passport. The passport must be valid for at least six months.
  2. One recent passport-size photograph.
  3. VISA APPROVAL LETTER from Ethiopian Immigration
  4. A completed visa application form 
  5. Service fees will be paid in Money Order payable to Embassy of Ethiopia

Length of Visa

For tourist purposes the following are available:

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

For business purposes the following are available:

  • single entry visas valid for up to 30 days stay
  • multiple entry visas valid for 3 months

For transit purposes the following are available:

  • single transit visas
  • double transit visas

Payment and Fees

The following methods of payment are accepted:

  • Cash
  • Banker's Drafts
  • Postal Orders - made payable to The Ethiopian Embassy.
  • Payment by cheque or any means other than those stated above cannot be accepted.

Residence Permit

The Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs issues a residence permit to a foreign investor, upon submission of an Investment Permit issued in his/her name. A foreign investor, who is a share holder of a company or Branch Company and an expatriate staff who has a work permit, is also entitled to a residence permit.

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