Places in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes
USA Yes Yes Yes

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To enter Ethiopia, all nationals must have a passport valid for six months from the date you intend to enter the country.


Visas for Ethiopia are required by all nationals except nationals of Kenya and Djibouti.

Nationals of all countries are eligible for e-tourist-visas (, which are accepted at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport only. 
In addition, nationals and permanent residents of most African countries are allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport:
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara and Zambia.

Apart from tourist visas, Ethiopia also offers business visa for the following purposes: conference, foreign business employment, government, journalist, private firm, international organisation work and government institutions short task visa. To find out more, visit or at a consulate near you.

Tourist visa on arrival: Nationals of Australia, Canada, the UK, the USA and of several EU-countries are eligible for a tourist visa on arrival at the airport.

Types and cost

The cost for an e-VISA (applied at before travelling) and the cost for a tourist visa on arrival is the same: US$82 for a single-entry visa with validity up to 30 days, or US$202 for a single-entry visa with validity up to 90 days.



Single-entry: 30 days or 90 days.

Multiple-entry: three months or six months.

You are not allowed to stay in Ethiopia beyond the validity period of your visa. If you want to request for an extension before the visa expires, please visit the head office of the main department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa in person.


A transit visa is required for transit passengers who plan to leave the airport for any length of time between flights. Transit visas are available for 12, 24, 48 or 72 hours. To apply for a transit visa, please visit a consulate near you before travelling to Addis Ababa.

For those who do not plan to leave the airport, no visa is required.

Application to

For single-entry visas, you can apply online at before travelling, or apply in person by visiting a consulate near you. You may also apply for a visa on arrival (please see above).

For multiple-entry and transit visas, please apply at a consulate near you.

Working days

Visas for Ethiopia take around three working days to process.

Sufficient funds

In some cases, visa applicants may be asked to supply proof of sufficient funds; a bank statement usually suffices.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 11 617 0100 Website: Opening times: Mon-Thu 0800-1645
Embassy of Ethiopia in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 364 1200 Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700
Embassy of Ethiopia in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7589 7212 Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (Embassy) / Mon-Fri 0900-1500 (Consular)

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.