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Ethiopia eVisa Requirements for South African Citizens

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The Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs of the Ethiopian Government introduced the Ethiopian eVisa in 2017. This online visa is available for South African tourists interested in visiting Ethiopia for leisure and relaxation.

The eVisa frees South African applicants from having to schedule a visit at an embassy or consular office to obtain a visa in person. Instead, they can obtain a visa fully online from the comfort of their home.

The Ethiopian eVisa Main Features for South African Citizens

The Ethiopian visa policy details the main advantages the eVisa offers to international visitors. South African passport holders can choose between the following options:

  • Ethiopia eVisa for 30 days – with a validity of 30 days for their entry
  • Ethiopia eVisa for 90 days – with a validity of 90 days for their entry

The Government service fee varies between $52to $72 depending on the type of option selected. Both eVisas grant South Africans a single entry into the country for tourism.

South African travelers must take into account the validity period of the eVisa. It will be printed on their approved eVisa and is of the same duration as the allowed number of days. If they do not enter the country within this period, the eVisa will no longer be valid and they must apply for a new one before their visit.

If South African nationals are interested in traveling to Ethiopia for other purposes such as job-seeking opportunities or a long-term relocation, they should note the eVisa does not cover these activities.

We recommend them to schedule an appointment at the Ethiopian embassy in Pretoria for further visa options.

Requirements for South Africans to apply for the Ethiopia eVisa

International travelers are advised to read through the visa requirements for South Africans to ensure they meet the most important conditions to obtain the Ethiopian eVisa. These requirements are standard for online visa applications and include the following:

  • Possess a South African passport valid for at least 6 months on their arrival in Ethiopia
  • Store a digital copy of their passport’s biographical page
  • Take a recent passport-style photograph
  • Provide a frequently used current email address
  • Have a bank card to pay the eVisa fee

South African travelers with a passport set to expire in less than 180 days on the date they will reach Ethiopia must send it for renewal at their earliest convenience. Likewise, they must upload a digital copy of a recent photo (passport-style) to the device they will use when applying for the eVisa. The photo must be clear and should be of a maximum of 2 MB.

Visitors from South Africa must note they will have to register their application with an email account. All the communications plus the issuance of the eVisa will be carried out by email, so we recommend supplying an email address they frequently use and have at hand.

Lastly, the payment of the eVisa fee will be carried out by a secure online platform. South African citizens will do well in checking their bank cards have been previously activated for online payments before proceeding to the payment section.

Application Process for the Ethiopian eVisa for South African Travelers

The application for the Ethiopian eVisa is a simple questionnaire available through an online form. South African petitioners can complete their request in less than 30 minutes. They will be required to provide personal and passport information, arrival date, and choose their required duration of stay.

South African travelers need to ensure that they enter valid details into the form that match those shown on their passports. Any mistakes in their petition can lead to a delay in their evaluation process or even a denial.

South African groups planning a family holiday with children in Ethiopia should note that each arrival must reach the country with their individual eVisa approved and issued. They can fill in their dependents’ petitions on their behalf and use the same payment methods and email address for communications without any problems.

Petitioners from South Africa conclude their eVisa request by paying the processing fee. As mentioned above, we recommend they confirm their bank cards have been previously activated for international transactions and carry sufficient funds before actioning payment.

Evaluation Process of the Ethiopian eVisa for South African Citizens

Upon submitting the Ethiopian eVisa application, South African travelers will receive an email confirming its receipt, along with a reference number for their petition. The evaluation process of their application takes between 24 and 48 hours.

If South African applicants meet the requirements and have completed their application form correctly, they should receive a confirmation email with the eVisa attached as a PDF. We recommend printing out a copy of the eVisa to display at border officials once they reach the country.

South African Travelers visiting Ethiopia with the eVisa

Tourists from South Africa must consider the eVisa only grants entry into Ethiopia at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. Upon landing, South African citizens are recommended to head straight to the fast-track counters compatible with the eVisa to save time at immigration desks.

South African visitors must remember that the eVisa only allows a single entry into the country. If they wish to momentarily exit Ethiopia in the middle of their holiday, they must request a new one to be allowed back in.

South Africans with dual nationality will need to use the same passport for the Ethiopian eVisa application as the one they intend to enter the country. The Ethiopian eVisa is automatically linked to their passport and cannot be shared with a second travel document.

Extensions for the Ethiopian eVisa for South African tourists

South African travelers should note that the Ethiopian eVisa cannot be renewed. If they need to prolong their stay in the country, they can apply for an Ethiopian eVisa extension at the Head Office of the Main Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa.

Visa on arrival for South African nationals reaching Ethiopia

South African passport holders can request a visa on arrival if they have not had the chance to apply for an eVisa beforehand. Nevertheless, they should note like the eVisa, the visa on arrival is only available at Bole International Airport and has them queuing for long hours and paying the fees in cash. South Africans prefer the more convenient eVisa for their holidays in Ethiopia.

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