Whether you want to visit Ethiopia to discover many of the natural wonders of the land of origin or you are travelling to close an important business deal, you will need a visa.
In May 2018, Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, launched e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia. The e-visa became effective on 1 June, 2018.
Although the e-visa service was launched a year earlier in June, 2017, it was only available for a limited number of countries. But now all international visitors can travel to Ethiopia by processing their visa online.
The good thing about the eVisa system is that, in addition to providing applicants with simplicity and convenience, it saves time, energy and cost for travellers to Ethiopia.
Another good thing about the eVisa is that during application, you can upload camera-captured picture files (in supported image formats) of your passport, photo and/or residence permit document instead of scanned copies.
How to Apply for Ethiopian eVisa
Citizens of all countries who have permanent residence permit and/or nationality in one of the countries listed as eligible on the website www.evisa.gov.et are eligible for an Ethiopian e-Visa.
The e-Visa is processed and issued online on a single webpage where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online.
Visitors to Ethiopia from any country can make use of the service. Applicants with dual nationality should choose the nationality according to the passport to be used for the travel.
Once the application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Tourist Visa
Tourist visa is an electronic single-entry visa issued by the Ethiopian Government to visitors who wish to travel to the country for tourism or non-business related purposes.
Depending on the applicant’s preference, single entry tourist visa is valid for 30 or 90 days from the intended date of arrival in Ethiopia.
The fee for a single entry tourist visa with validity up to 30 days, is USD 52 while single entry visa with validity up to 90 days, costs USD 72. Payment must be completed online.
A conference visa is issued to those who wish to visit Ethiopia for International conferences, seminars or workshops being organized in Ethiopia.
The conference visa is a 30-day single entry visa and costs USD 32 the payment of which is made online.
This is a visa issued to foreign Nationals who are engaged in investment activities. It can also be issued to potential investors who wish to travel to and invest in Ethiopia.
For 30 days Single-Entry Investment Visa, the fee is USD 32. The fee is USD 42 for 3 months Multiple-Entry Visa, USD 62 for 6 months Multiple-Entry Visa, and USD 112 for 12 months Multiple-Entry Visa. Payments must be made online.
Foreign Business Firm Employment Visa
Foreign business firm employment visa is issued to foreign nationals to be employed by business firms owned or operated by foreigners.
One-month Single Entry foreign business firm employment visa costs USD 42. Applicants must complete the payment online.
Government Employment Visa
Government employment visa issued to foreign nationals to be employed by different Ethiopian Government institutions/ministries.
For single entry Government employment visa for one month, the fee is USD 32 and must be paid online.
This type of visa is issued to foreign journalists, media professionals or film makers, travelling to cover events, reports for media organizations or produce films, TV or written material of various kinds.
Single Entry Media Visa for one month costs USD 42. Applicants must complete the payment online.
Ethiopian Private Firm Visa
Private Firm Visa is issued to foreign nationals coming for employment or other short term assignments with Ethiopian business firms. The business firm should be owned by Ethiopian.
Single Entry for one month Ethiopian Private Firm Visa costs USD 32. Applicants must complete the payment online.
International Organizations/Embassies Work Visa
International organizations/embassies work visa is issued to foreign nationals with ordinary passports who are invited by international organizations or embassies resident in Ethiopian for different work purposes.
The fee for one month Single Entry International organizations/embassies work Visa is USD 52. Applicants must complete the payment online.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Work Visa
An NGO visa is a visa issued to those foreign nationals who are invited by NGOs operating in Ethiopia for Employment or short term assignments.
The application fee for 30 days single-entry NGO Visa is USD 62. Applicants must complete the payment online.
Government Institutions Short Task Visa
Government institutions short task visa is issued to foreign nationals who are coming to accomplish certain tasks for government institutions for a short period of time.
For Single Entry one month Government institutions short task visa, the fee is USD 22. While Multiple Entry for 3 month and 6 month cost USD 82 and USD 122 respectively. Applicants must complete the payment online.
With effect from 1 June, 2018, nationals of all countries of the globe are eligible for the Ethiopian e-Visa. Currently, Ethiopia allows travellers with e-Visa to enter Ethiopia via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry via other ports of entry is not allowed. At the time of application, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.
Visa Fees and Payment
The e-Visa application fee depends on the type and validity period of visa you are applying for. You can see the fee listed under each visa type above.
To proceed with payment after successfully submitting your application, go to your email and click on the email confirmation link which should redirect you to the payment page. Then, agree on the disclaimer and finalize your payment by providing valid credit card details. The e-Visa application fees are not refundable.
Under normal circumstances, the processing time for tourist visa is 3 days. So, travelers should submit their application at least 3 days before their estimated date of arrival.
Duration and Validity
Irrespective of the visa type, the Validity of your Visa starts counting from the date intended to enter Ethiopia. If for any reason, your arrival date changes, you should contact the e-Visa support team at Support@evisa.gov.et to adjust the validity period of your visa accordingly.
It is not allowed to stay in Ethiopia beyond the validity period of the visa. However, you can request for extension before the visa expires by going in person to the Head Office of The Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
lnaccurate and or incorrectly entered information can lead to unnecessary issues at Ethiopian Immigration counter upon arrival or even outright rejection of your application. Before submitting your eVisa application form, check and make sure that all the information you provided are correct and accurate. The e-Visa system is not able to update or modify you information once your application is submitted.
If for any reason, you cannot complete your visa applications online, you can still apply for visa on arrival provided you are eligible. Eligibility and requirements for e-Visa are the same for Visa-On-Arrival.
Tracking Your Visa Status
After submitting your application, you can track the status of your e-Visa online. When a decision has been made on your e-Visa application, a letter is sent to your designated email address. Alternatively you may check the status of your application directly from the Ethiopian eVisa website (www.evisa.gov.et) and download it from your e-mail if approved.
If your visa application is rejected, the visa processing office will notify you by email, but will not tell you the reason(s) why you were denied visa.
To select your visa type and apply for the Ethiopian eVisa, please go to www.evisa.gov.et/apply