Ethiopia eVisa Requirements for French Citizens

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The Ethiopian government implemented the Ethiopian eVisa in 2017 to facilitate the application process to receive a valid permit for international visitors. French nationals are eligible to apply for the Ethiopian online visa and use it to visit the country for tourism and relaxation.

Main Advantages and Conditions of the Ethiopian eVisa for French Visitors

The Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs publishes the visa policy for Ethiopia. French travelers can select between 2 different options depending on their desired length of stay:

  • Ethiopia eVisa for 30 days – French nationals can stay for up to a month in Ethiopia and have 30 days to use for their entry. It is available at a government service fee of $52.
  • Ethiopia eVisa for 90 days – French visitors can stay in Ethiopia for 3 months. They have 90 days to use it to enter the country, and is available for a government service fee of $72.

Both eVisas grant French tourists a single-entry into Ethiopia. If they plan to visit a neighboring country in the middle of their holiday, they must apply for a second eVisa before re-entering.

French passport holders who would like to stay in Ethiopia for longer than 3 months or are considering a long-term relocation for professional  motivations must consider the eVisa does not apply in their situation. We recommend contacting the Ethiopian embassy in Paris for further visa options more suitable for their travel needs.

Pre-Application Requirements for the Ethiopia eVisa for French Travelers

Before applying for the Ethiopian eVisa, applicants are advised to read the conditions for international travel for French nationals. The requisites for the Ethiopian eVisa are standard for French citizens used to international travel and easy to meet. The basic requirements include the following:

  • Have a French passport valid for a minimum of 180 days on their intended arrival date in Ethiopia
  • Provide a recent digital id photo
  • Register with a valid email address
  • Use a debit card or credit card to pay the eVisa fee
  • Upload a digital copy of the passport’s biographical page

French applicants must ensure their passport will be valid for 6 months or more on the date they reach Ethiopia. They must also ensure the digital copies of their passport’s biographical page and id photo are readable and of good quality.

We recommend French petitioners register their eVisa request with an email account they frequently use since all communications regarding their application will be carried out by email. Lastly, we also advise French applicants to confirm their bank card is activated for online payments and with sufficient funds.

Applying for the Ethiopia eVisa from France

French travelers can complete the petition process for the Ethiopian eVisa by answering an online application form. The eVisa form is a simple questionnaire where French petitioners will be required to provide the following information:

  • Passport and personal details
  • Arrival date
  • Desired eVisa (30 or 90 days)

Applicants from France need to provide accurate details when completing the eVisa form. Errors can cause delays in the evaluation process, which may ultimately lead to denial of their request for the Ethiopian eVisa. They must bear in mind the eVisa form cannot be undone once it has been submitted.

French citizens with dual nationality must bear in mind that the Ethiopian eVisa is a unique electronic visa linked to their original passport and cannot be transferred to a second travel document.

Petitioners from France complete their eVisa request by paying the application fee. The payment is actioned through a secure online platform, and most international debit and credit cards are accepted.

French groups planning a family vacation with children must note that each traveler must reach Ethiopia with their individual eVisa granted. Their parents or legal guardians can fill in their dependents’ applications without any issues.

Evaluation for the Ethiopian eVisas by French applicants

Once French petitioners have submitted their eVisa petitions, they will receive a resolution to their request between 24 and 72 hours. If their answers are correct and they meet the requirements for the eVisa, they will receive their eVisa in a confirmation email attached as a PDF. We recommend they print out a copy and keep it next to their travel documents before their holiday.

Traveling to Ethiopia from France with the eVisa

Tourists from France must note they can only use the eVisa to enter Ethiopia by Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. Once they reach arrivals, we recommend they head straight to the fast-track counters to save time, where they will be required to display their passport and eVisas to be allowed to enter the country.

French passport holders are authorized to apply for a visa on arrival if they have not had the chance to apply for the eVisa before their departure. However, they must note that this option obliges them to queue at immigration checkpoints sometimes after a long intercontinental flight and to pay the fee in cash.

Visitors from France must remember to abide by the validity of the eVisa and depart before their online visa expires. The validity of the dates is printed on their eVisa for their benefit. If they need to stay longer than planned for any unexpected reason, they can request an extension to their eVisa at the Main Immigration and Nationality Affairs office.

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