Ethiopia eVisa Requirements for Citizens of the UAE

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The Ethiopian Government implemented the Ethiopian eVisa to facilitate the application process for a valid travel permit to enter the country for short periods of time. The Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs introduced this online visa in 2017, which reduces the time usually spent obtaining a visa. UAE passport holders are eligible to obtain this online visa and can visit Ethiopia for tourism.

Main Facilities the Ethiopian eVisa offers to UAE Visitors

The Visa policy for Ethiopia lists the main advantages the online visa offers to UAE residents who can choose between 2 different travel options:

  • Ethiopia eVisa for 30 days – valid for 30 days for their arrival
  • Ethiopia eVisa for 90 days – valid for 90 days for their arrival

According to the travel option you choose, the Ethiopian government service fee varies between $52 and $72. UAE travelers must note they can only use the eVisa for tourism. They should also plan their arrival within the validity period of the type of eVisa they have acquired.

UAE citizens who plan to visit Ethiopia on business or for longer periods of time should note that the eVisa does not cover these activities. We recommend you organize an appointment at the Ethiopian embassy in Abu Dhabi for further details.

Ethiopian eVisa Requirements for Emiratis

We recommend you read the visa requirements for international travel before applying for the eVisa to visit Ethiopia. The main conditions to obtain the Ethiopian online visa are pretty straightforward, and the most important ones include the following:

  • Have a UAE passport valid for at least 180 days on their arrival in Ethiopia
  • Save a copy of the biographical page of their passport on the device they plan to use for their application
  • Provide a recent passport-style photograph
  • Use a frequently accessed email address
  • Possess a debit or credit card to pay the eVisa government fee

UAE citizens must confirm they use a passport, which will be valid for 6 months at least on the date they reach Ethiopia. If this condition is not met, we recommend sending them for renewal at their earliest possibility.

Applicants from the UAE must upload a digital copy of their passport’s biographical page and personal photo to the device they will use during their eVisa petition. The Ethiopian online visa is available at the device of your choice (personal computer, tablet, or cell phone).

We recommend Emirati petitioners submit their request with an email id they frequently use. All the communications regarding their application, including the eVisa approval, will be issued by email only.

Lastly, it is best to provide a bank card that has been previously activated for online payments and with sufficient funds.

Application Form for Emiratis to obtain the Ethiopian eVisa

The application for the Ethiopian eVisa is a simple questionnaire available through an online form. Emirati travelers can complete their requests in less than 30 minutes. During their questionnaire, they will be required to share some personal information, passport details, arrival date, and how long they will stay in the country (30 or 90 days).

Applicants from the United Arab Emirates must check their answers properly. Once they have submitted their form, their responses cannot be undone. Any mistakes could lead to a possible denial.

Emirati families planning a holiday with children in Ethiopia should note that each visitor must arrive in the country with their individual eVisa approved and granted. UAE nationals can fill in their dependents’ petitions on their behalf and use the same payment methods and email address for communications without any problems.

Travelers from the UAE conclude their application process by paying the eVisa fee. As mentioned above, we recommend they confirm their bank cards have been previously activated for international transactions and with sufficient funds before actioning payment.

Evaluation of the Ethiopian eVisa Petitions by Emiratis

Once Emirati citizens have submitted their eVisa request, their application is evaluated. They will receive a resolution to their petition between 1 and 3 business days. If all the information they entered is correct and matches their passport details, they will receive a confirmation email with the eVisa attached as a PDF.

Upon receipt, we recommend that they print out a copy and keep it next to the rest of their travel documents. As a side note, to account for busy touristic periods, it is best to submit your eVisa application at least a week before your arrival date.

Traveling from the UAE to Ethiopia with the eVisa

Emirati visitors will have to remember the Ethiopian eVisa is only compatible at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. They must also abide by the validity period granted for entry when they reach Ethiopia and not overstay their allowed days (30 or 90 days).

Upon landing, we recommend Emirati tourists head straight to the fast-track counters at Immigration controls. They will be required to display their printed eVisas and their passport to be granted entry into the country.

Ethiopian eVisa extension for Emirati Visitors

UAE nations in Ethiopia who, for any unexpected issue, need to prolong their stay can request an eVisa extension. They should organize a visit to the Head Office of the Main Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa and provide their passport number and reference number to their current eVisa.

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