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Ethiopia Visa Types

VisaHQ offers interested travelers the opportunity to apply for an Ethiopian e-visa using their dedicated online platform to submit their documents to the authorities. There are three types of e visas on the platform: tourist, business, transit e visas, and visa on arrival. We review each one below, so keep reading to learn more.

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Ethiopian Tourist e Visa

The Ethiopian tourist e-visa is designed for tourists coming to enjoy the sights the country offers. This online visa is a single entry visa but of two types. There is the single entry 30 days visa and the single entry 90 days visa. As a single-entry visa holder, you can only enter Ethiopia once with it, and if you leave and wish to re-enter again, you will need to apply for a new visa. Only individuals that meet all the requirements set by the government will get this visa.

So decide which one you prefer; if you would like to spend a long time in Ethiopia, the 90 days version is your best option. Also, note that you cannot work with his visa while in the country. If you intend to work, you will need to get a work visa.

Port of Entry

You can only enter the country through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Ethiopian Business e Visa

The business e-visa is specially meant for business persons coming from foreign nations to conduct business or attend meetings in Ethiopia. This e-visa can be used for multiple actions such as settling estates, contract negotiations, buying or selling a good or service, and attending conferences, seminars, or fairs. The business e-visa can only be used once as it is issued as a single entry visa but with two durations. The shorter version is the single entry 30-day business e visa, and the other longer version is the single entry 90-day business e visa.

If your engagement in Ethiopia will take considerable time, you can apply for a 90-day visa to get sufficient time to complete your assignment.

Port of Entry

You can only enter the country through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Travelers should enter via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry via other ports is not allowed.

E-Visa services are now open for processing.

Travelers should enter via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry via other ports is not allowed.

E-Visa services are now open for processing.

Travelers should enter via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry via other ports is not allowed.

E-Visa services are now open for processing.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

The embassy of Ethiopia is only issuing diplomatic visas at this time.

Travelers should enter via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry via other ports is not allowed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Due to armed conflict, civil unrest, communications disruptions, crime, and the potential for terrorism and kidnapping in border areas of Ethiopia, a "Do Not Travel" advisory level has been imposed.

Fill out Ethiopia Tourist E-visa application form online

and provide digital copies of the following documents:
  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.

  • Visa approval. A visa Approval Letter from Ethiopian Immigration. Must be requested by the host company in Ethiopia.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. Must show flights entering and exiting Ethiopia. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. Must show flights entering and exiting Ethiopia. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Business Support Letter. A business letter from the sending company in the US. The letter should be printed on the company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of Ethiopia, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The business letter must adhere to the following guidelines:
    Briefly introduce the applicant (please specify employment status/position held in the company by applicant).
    State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.) and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in Ethiopia.
    Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa).
    Guarantee of sufficient funds for travel.
    The sample format for this letter can be found here.

  • Visa approval. A visa Approval Letter from Ethiopian Immigration. Must be requested by the host company in Ethiopia.

  • Passport copy. A copy of your passport that must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Passport copy. A copy of your passport that must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Passport copy. A copy of your passport that must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.

  • Passport-type photograph. A digital passport-type photograph taken within the last 6 months. This may be taken using a cell phone against a white wall provided if it meets the standards of a passport-type photograph.

  • Business License. Business license of the inviting company.

  • Business invitation. Issued by inviting company/organization to the participant. The invitation letter should describe the conference briefly such as conference name, start date, end date and venue.

  • Application Letter. An official application letter written by the inviting organization addressed to the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs of Ethiopia ans stating that an organization/company has officially requested for visa.

  • TIN Certificate. Tax Payer Identification Number Certificate of the company renewed for the fiscal year.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. Official passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State addressed to the \"Embassy of Ethiopia, Washington D.C. \", giving a detailed description of the purpose of travel, the names and addresses of any organizations to be visited, and the dates of the trip. The letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number and should have a statement confirming that the US Embassy in Ethiopia will take full responsibility for the applicant.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Missionary Letter. A letter of invitation from the sponsor or host in the country of destination explaining the purpose of travel, length of stay, place of stay, and host's contact information.

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • The validity of Ethiopian e-Visa starts from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia (not from the date of issue).
  • If you are not national of the countries listed as 'Eligible countries' and you claim that you have a permanent residence permit in one of these countries, you are required to upload the residence permit while submitting your application and you must show it to the Immigration officers on your arrival at the entry point.
  • The validity of Ethiopian e-Visa starts from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia (not from the date of issue).
  • If you are not national of the countries listed as 'Eligible countries' and you claim that you have a permanent residence permit in one of these countries, you are required to upload the residence permit while submitting your application and you must show it to the Immigration officers on your arrival at the entry point.
  • The validity of Ethiopian e-Visa starts from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia (not from the date of issue).
  • If you are not national of the countries listed as 'Eligible countries' and you claim that you have a permanent residence permit in one of these countries, you are required to upload the residence permit while submitting your application and you must show it to the Immigration officers on your arrival at the entry point.

Ethiopia Tourist E-visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidity
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Processing
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
Embassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
Single entry (30 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
3 business days
Embassy fee:$82.00
Service fee:$59.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$141.00
$141.00
Single entry (30 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 30 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
3 business days
Embassy fee:$202.00
Service fee:$89.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$291.00
$291.00
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Visa Policy of Ethiopian

Ethiopia has a visa policy regulating the entry and exit of foreigners, which dictates who holds a visa and how long they can remain in the country. According to Ethiopian visa policy, all visitors must get a visa from Ethiopian foreign missions, online or at the airport, before they can visit unless they are from visa-exempt countries. The visa policy is a set of rules and regulations that determine the eligibility for entry and the conditions for exit.

As for the requirements, this is based on the nationality and purpose of the visitor's trip and how long they want to stay in Ethiopia. Freedoms of movement are guaranteed under the law for citizens, but not all foreigners enjoy these rights unless they fulfill the conditions set under the Immigration Law of Ethiopia 2003.

Still, on the visa policy, the laws state that any foreigner looking to enter Ethiopia must have a valid travel document, a valid visa or permanent resident permit, and a health certificate if required. They will need a valid return or onward ticket if they hold a transit and tourist visa. If a minor is traveling, the adult they accompany must provide a travel document to prove guardianship or blood relationship and must show that they will assume responsibility for them.

Only citizens from two countries enjoy visa-free access into Ethiopia, and they are Kenyans and Djibouti’s: the others need one form of entry document or the other.

Also of importance to note is the e-visa policy or online visa that passport holders from 230 countries qualify for. This visa is only useful for persons traveling by air to Ethiopia. Those who can only get one after their trip may apply for a visa on arrival on or before they arrive in Addis Ababa. The e-visa is designed for tourism, business, and transit, but applications are not accepted from a few countries

The only visa free countries whose nationals can travel to Ethiopia are Djibouti and Kenya but this list may be expanded in future.

Extending Your e Visa

You can extend your e-visa before it expires, but this must be done at the head office of the immigration authorities in person. If you stay longer than the visa allows, you will be sanctioned and made to pay fines for each number of days you stay in the country. Extension applications must clearly explain why you wish to stay in the country for a few more days or weeks and you must also pick a departure date. After receiving your application, the discretion lies with the immigration officer in charge to extend your stay by any number of days or weeks. Also note that extension applications attract fees.

Key Information About Ethiopia e Visa

Only For Eligible Visitors: The online visa of Ethiopia is not for everyone but only for visitors from selected countries. If your nationality doesn't qualify you for the e visa your application will be denied but not to worry; you can apply for a visa at the nearest Ethiopian consulate.

Valid Email: You will need a valid email address to receive your e visa; and it must be an email you have access to.

Financial Sufficiency: Holding an e visa is not a guarantee that you will be allowed into Ethiopia if you cannot prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your travel and living expenses. The officers at the entry point will want to see your financial statement or cash in hand.

Bole International Airport Only: The Bole international airport in Addis Ababa is the only approved route for e visa and visa on arrival holders. Visitors who use a different route will be denied entry into Ethiopia.

Fee: The application fee is paid for processing and is not refundable. Without paying the fee you will not be allowed to submit the application form.

Passport: The passport you use for the application and your trip should be one and the same because they will be linked once your application is approved. You will be denied entry if you use a different passport.

Traveling With Minors: You can travel with a minor to Ethiopia provided certain conditions are met. Firstly, the minor must have their own e visa which you can apply for on their behalf. Secondly, you must show proof of relationship if you are the parent by providing a birth certificate or a parental consent letter duly signed and notarized by the child's parents appointing you as their legal guardian for the trip.

Ethiopian Visa Online – Get your Egypt e-Visa with VisaHQ

If you wish to travel to Ethiopia, you can get an online e-visa to Ethiopia via VisaHQ without visiting the Ethiopian consulate or embassy in your country. The good news is that most world citizens are eligible for an e-visa if they wish to visit Ethiopia for a short while. With an internet-connected smartphone, you can complete the application process within minutes.

How To obtain a visa with VisaHQ?

Are you looking to apply for an Ethiopian e-visa using VisaHQ? You can apply for any of the e visas reviewed thus far by completing the online application form available at the VisaHQ website within a few minutes. Here are the simple steps to take.

Complete The Application Form: The first thing you need to do is complete the e-visa application form. The form is available on the VisaHQ application page. Please fill it out correctly with your personal, passport, and travel information.

Attach your Documents: Attach the required documents. Each e-visa has a specific requirement for documents, so attach the required documents depending on the e-visa you pick.

Get your visa: After submitting your application, you will need to wait for 24 hours or up to 72 hours to receive the e-visa via Email. Please print it out and travel to Ethiopia with it.

Why Use VisaHQ?

In case you are in doubt as to whether you should use VisaHQ to apply for your visas to Ethiopia, here are more than a few reasons why you should choose VisaHQ?

  • Fast and simple application process
  • We have been in the industry since 2003, with 20 offices and a presence in 6 countries
  • Enjoy first-class professional support from our experienced team.
  • Safe and secure platform
  • User-friendly website that is easy to use and navigate
  • Track your application with ease
  • Apply for multiple e-visas at the same time
  • Save documents for future applications
  • Encrypted website for data protection

Please apply for your e-visa now and get it approved within days.

Ethiopia COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    Ethiopia COVID-19 entry regulations/requirements are lifted.

    However, please note the following prohibited activities and duties imposed:

    • it is prohibited for any person who knows he is infected with Coronaviruses to enter the country;

    • any person showing COVID-19 symptoms has the duty to appropriately wear face mask, get self-test or test at health facility and follow and implement General COVTD 19 preventive measures if tests positive;

    • any COVID-19 positive person shall isolate himself either at home or health facility according to the severity of the illness until declared recovered by a health professional.
    Prior to arrival requirements
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
    Upon arrival restrictions
    😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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