Get the eVisa to enter Ethiopia
Ethiopia eVisa Information
All visitors, except Kenyans and Djiboutians, need a visa to enter Ethiopia.
There are several types of visas to enter Ethiopia: tourist visa, visa for development workers and professional visa. In this case, we will focus on the tourist visa, since it is the one needed on our trips.
The visa is processed directly on arrival at Bole airport in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and for this, it is necessary to have a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months and pay the corresponding fee.
The electronic visa application or on arrival in the country is valid for all 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, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
In the case of the Ethiopian tourist visa, allows you to stay in the country for 1 month (with a single entry). If you plan to stay in Ethiopia longer or enter and leave the country more times during your stay, there is also the option of a 3-month visa and 6-month visa, both with multiple entries.
Visa payment can be made in US dollars or euros, but not in birrs, the local Ethiopian currency.
Since June 2017 it is also possible to obtain the Ethiopian visa online (e-Visa) and only allows you to enter Ethiopia through the international airport of Addis Ababa with a single entry.
If you enter Ethiopia by land, you must first apply for a visa at the Ethiopian Embassy in your country, as the Ethiopian authorities do not grant a visa at any of Ethiopia’s land borders.
Entering Ethiopia with a visa that is not suitable for the purpose of the visit (for example with a tourist visa when you are actually volunteering or cooperating), can lead to high fines or even prison sentences.
The requirements for entry to Ethiopia often change due to changes in its regulations and legislation, so a recommendation is that you inform the Ethiopian embassy in your country before your trip to Ethiopia or that you consult us before making the trip we have organized for you, as we have total control over the processing of visas to Ethiopia, even for people from non-European countries where obtaining the visa may involve greater difficulty.
The yellow fever vaccination certificate is compulsory, as is the cholera vaccination certificate if the person has passed through the cholera-affected area during the six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia. They are rarely requested, but it is best not to take any risks.
All important documents (visa page and passport data page, credit cards, travel insurance policy, plane/bus/train tickets, driving license, etc.) should be photocopied. It is best for the traveller to leave a photocopy with someone in their home country and carry a copy separate from the originals.
All passengers must carry a visa except:
1. Ethiopian citizens.
2. Citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
3. Citizens of Djibouti not exceeding 3 months stay.
4. Citizens of Kenya not exceeding one year’s stay.
5. Passengers who do not exceed three months of stay and assure that they are:
5.1 Citizens of Algeria, the People’s Republic of China, Russia and Sudan with a diplomatic or service passport.
5.2 Citizens of the Republic of Yemen with a diplomatic, service or special passport.
6. Passengers with a diplomatic or service passport issued by member countries of the African Union who ensure that they attend seminars, workshops, conferences organized by the African Union or to fulfill other official missions for the African Union. However, this does not apply to Eritrean citizens who always require a visa.
7. Passengers with a residence permit issued by Ethiopia for foreign residents.
8. Passengers with a “Laissez-Passer” issued by a member country of the African Union ensuring that they attend seminars, workshops, conferences organized by the African Union or to fulfill other official missions for the African Union.
TWOV (Visa Free Transit)
TWOV is permitted for passengers who continue their journeys to a third country within 12 hours, provided they have a connecting ticket and do not leave the airport.
Customs and currencies
The following rules apply:
– One litre of alcoholic beverages.
– Two bottles or half a litre of perfume.
– Half a pound of tobacco. (100 cigars or 50 cigars for adults only)
– Memories up to ETB 10.
Passengers are allowed free export of goods purchased in Ethiopia up to ETP 500. It is necessary to have an export certificate for skins and hides and any type of antique objects such as swords, Bibles and the like.
Crew members of customs regulations
The same rules apply to both crew members and normal passengers.
Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian in the country of origin.
Liquidation baggage regulations
The passenger’s luggage must be picked up at the first airport of entry into Ethiopia, i.e. Addis Ababa. The luggage of passengers arriving from Djibouti must be collected at Dire Dawa.
* Exemption: Baggage of transit passengers bound for outside Ethiopia, when the connecting flight is within 24 hours. If the connecting flight is not within 24 hours and the passengers need their luggage, in this case, it must be picked up.
Travelers are not required to pay airport taxes when leaving the country.
Currency Import Regulations
Passengers may import by local currency (Etiope Birr-ETB) up to ETB 100 per person, but there are no restrictions on importing foreign currencies by declaring the amounts imported at customs upon arrival. Foreign currency can be exchanged only through banks and official organizations.
Foreign Currency Export Regulations
Passengers may export in local currency (Etiope Birr-ETB), up to ETB 100 per person, provided they have a re-entry permit for Ethiopia. Foreign Currency: Passengers may export foreign currency up to the amount imported and declared.
Wild Fauna and Flora
Ethiopia is a member of the CITES Treaty (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).