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Ethiopia eVisa Requirements for Eritreans

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If you are an Eritrean passport holder, you will require a visa to travel to Ethiopia. Since 2017, the citizens of 230 countries, including Eritrea, can apply online for an Ethiopian tourist visa. Requesting an electronic visa means that travelers who want to visit Ethiopia on tourism no longer need to visit the Ethiopian embassy and apply for a visa in person.

Further details for Eritrean nationals and their eligibility to apply online for the Ethiopia eVisa and other alternatives are detailed in Ethiopia’s visa policy.

What is the Ethiopia eVisa for Eritrean Citizens?

The Ethiopia eVisa, or electronic visa, is a single-entry tourist visa. It is available to Eritrean passport holders traveling for tourism. The whole application process is entirely online.

Applicants from Eritrea simply need to ensure they have a stable internet connection, fill out the application form, and submit it. The questionnaire is quick and simple and can be completed in 15 minutes. The Ethiopian authorities then evaluate the information received and send a reply with the approved eVisa as a PDF to their email address.

There are two types of eVisas available for Eritrean visitors. Depending on their travel plans, Eritrean tourists can either apply for a 30-day or 90-day eVisa.

Besides traveling for tourism, relaxation, or leisure, other visas for business, study, medical, and residency are available for Eritrean nationals. To find out more about them, we recommend arranging a visit to your nearest Ethiopian consulate or embassy to find out more about them.

Ethiopia eVisa Requirements for Eritreans

As mentioned above, Eritrea applicants must read the requirements for the Ethiopian eVisa and make sure there are no missing gaps or documents in their profile before applying. Eritrean nationals must ensure they have the following documents and items ready:

  • Eritrean passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the date of arrival in Ethiopia
  • Passport-style photograph of the applicant
  • Digital image of the biographical page of their passport
  • Debit or credit card to pay the Ethiopia eVisa processing fee
  • Active email address

The Eritrean passport must be valid for at least 6 months before the intended date they arrive in Ethiopia. Candidates whose travel document is less than this period are obliged to renew it before applying.

Similarly, it is essential to check that the debit or credit card intended for payment has sufficient funds and is activated for online transactions before beginning.

Eritrean applicants should also bear in mind that all communications, including the confirmation and granting of the eVisa, will be carried out by email. Therefore they should use an active email account for registration and communication purposes.

How Can Eritrean Nationals Apply for a Ethiopia eVisa?

Once Eritrean citizens confirm they have the documents needed, they are ready to fill in the Ethiopia eVisa online form and submit their application.

In addition to these documents, Eritrean travelers will also have to provide specific information regarding their travel details to Ethiopia, including travel dates, airlines with whom they are traveling, and proof of accommodation. There will also be questions to be answered regarding their personal and passport details.

Eritreans planning a family holiday in Ethiopia should apply individually for each traveler regardless of their age. All arrivals, including minors, are obliged to have an approved eVisa at passport controls.

Eritrean candidates filling out the application form must take special care and double-check their answers before finally submitting them. If there is any mismatch between their answers and the information published on their passport or any typos, their approval could be delayed or denied.

Once submitted, the Ethiopia eVisa is processed quickly, usually within 24 hours. On busy periods it could take up to 36 hours. If candidates have not received a reply after 3 working days, we suggest checking their spam folder.

The Ethiopia eVisa is automatically and electronically linked to the Eritrean visitor’s passport. We also recommend that the Eritrean citizens print out a copy of the eVisa or store it on their smartphone if officials in Ethiopia require it.

Ethiopia eVisa Travel Information for Eritrea Passport Holders

The tourist eVisa to Ethiopia authorizes Eritreans to enter Ethiopia via air only. It is important to note that the only airport they can fly to with the eVisa is Bole International Airport in its capital, Addis Ababa. It does not grant entry to the country through any land border or any other airport.

When arriving at Bole International Airport with their approved eVisa, Eritrean visitors can go straight to the eVisa fast track counter. The fast track counter is an agile queuing system that saves them time compared to those citizens who apply for a Visa on Arrival and must stand in long queues with all of their documentation at hand.

Eritrean travelers should bear in mind that if their passport is lost, stolen, or damaged between the moment of approval and the date of their intended arrival, they must apply for a new eVisa. The Ethiopia eVisa is unique and electronically linked to the Eritrean passport registered in the application and is not transferable to a new one.

On the same note, Eritrean citizens with dual nationalities should also take care that they travel with the same passport as they used to apply for the eVisa.

Lastly, as mentioned above, the eVisa is a single-entry visa. Eritrean visitors who want to cross the border in the middle of their holiday must apply for a new eVisa before re-entering Ethiopia.

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