Ethiopia Visa Policy

Learn about the visa policy of Ethiopia and discover the travel requirements for your nationality.

Visa Policy for Ethiopia

The Ethiopian visa policy establishes the requirements which a visitor of a foreign country needs to meet to gain permission to travel to, enter, and spend time in Ethiopia

In the boxes below travelers can check the visa policy of Ethiopia according to nationality and discover the necessary protocol to travel to the African nation.

Ethiopian immigration laws currently state that only nationals of Kenya and Djibouti do not need a visa to travel to Ethiopia.

However, travelers of over 230 countries across the world are able to complete an online application to receive an eVisa before departure if they plan to enter Ethiopia by air.

All travelers who are not visa-exempt for Ethiopia or eligible to apply for the eVisa need a visa to travel to the country.

This may either be a visa on arrival, which involves waiting in line at border checkpoints, to submit an application, or an embassy visa from the nearest government diplomatic office of Ethiopia.

When applying for a visa from an embassy or consulate, applicants have to select the correct visa type according to the purpose of the visit, with can be a tourist visa, work visa, transit visa, or other visa option.

Furthermore, citizens of Ethiopian visa not required oir eVisa countries who are planning to spend longer periods of time or visit for purposes other than those permitted with their entry type, will need to obtain an embassy visa to travel to Ethiopia.

Browse below a complete list of regulations to visit Ethiopia from your country of nationality.

Tourist Visa Policy for Ethiopia

The tourist visa policy for traveling to Ethiopia differs depending on the nationality of the traveler.

Only nationals of Kenya and Djibouti are able to travel to Ethiopia for tourism visa-free. However, over 230 nationalities can enter Ethiopia for a short stay for tourism with an approved eVisa.

Citizens of these countries are able to apply for an electronic visa for Ethiopia online and obtain an approved tourist visa before departure from their country of residence by air.

Citizens of 2 countries are able to obtain a visa on arrival for Ethiopia. However, they are also able to complete an e Visa application, which greatly expedites the process.

Those not eligible for the eVisa, around 10 nationalities across the world, are required to obtain an embassy visa to visit Ethiopia for tourism, no matter the expected period of stay.

eVisa-eligible travelers who wish to spend longer periods of time, or need to visit Ethiopia for other purposes than those permitted with the electronic visa, will also be required to apply for a visa at the nearest Ethiopian embassy or consulate.

This usually involves having to make an appointment at the nearest Ethiopian government diplomatic office to hand in a completed visa application form. Depending on the kind of visa the applicant needs to obtain, it is necessary to meet different Ethiopian visa requirements.

Browse the information below to find the requirements for your nationality.

eVisa for Ethiopia

The eVisa for Ethiopia is an electronic visa program, implemented in 2017, that allows over 230 nationalities to obtain a visa online before departure from their country of residence. This greatly expedites the visa application process by eliminating the need to obtain an embassy visa or queue at the border on arrival.

Online visas for Ethiopia can be obtained through a simple electronic application in which applicants need to submit personal, passport and travel information. Once the eVisa is approved, it will be sent by email to the applicant.

The Ethiopian eVisa is valid for tourism and issued for a single entry to the country. It allows holders a stay of either 30 or 90 days in Ethiopia, depending on the applicant’s requirements. This must be indicated on the online form while applying for an eVisa.

An essential requirement for applying for an Ethiopia eVisa is a passport valid for over 6 months from the intended arrival date.

All eVisa holders for Ethiopia must enter the country by air, through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, as other ports of entry are not authorized for eVisa access.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of the countries for which a visa online is necessary to travel to Ethiopia.

eVisa for Ethiopia: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival for Ethiopia is a visa type that travelers can obtain upon arrival at an immigration checkpoint in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Only nationals of Hong Kong and Taiwan are required to obtain a visa on arrival to gain entry to Ethiopia.

Citizens of over 230 countries are able to obtain an approved visa through the Ethiopian eVisa form before departure from their country of residence. This greatly expedites the visa application process eliminates the need to wait in a queue to obtain a visa on arrival at an immigration checkpoint.

Those who are required to obtain an Ethiopia visa on arrival are required to go directly to a border checkpoint at Bole International Airport and wait in line to complete an application.

Once the form is completed with personal, passport and travel information, it is necessary to pay a fee to receive visa approval.

Like the electronic visa, the Ethiopia visa on arrival permits a stay of either 30 or 90 days, depending on the amount of time the visitor wishes to spend in the country, for purposes of tourism.

See the list below to check if your nationality requires a visa on arrival to travel to Ethiopia.

Visa on Arrival: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

The current Ethiopian visa policy establishes that there are under 10 countries across the world whose citizens need to apply for an embassy visa to travel to Ethiopia.

This consulate visa must be obtained from the nearest Ethiopian diplomatic mission before departure, no matter the purpose of the visit or how much time the traveler plans to stay.

In order to apply for this type of travel authorization, it is first necessary to make a visa appointment. Applicants are advised to do this well in advance of the expected date of arrival in Ethiopia, as the processing time to obtain an embassy visa may be up to 2 weeks or more.

Applicants are usually required to bring a completed embassy visa application form to the appointment. It is also necessary to indicate the type of visa needed, whether a tourist visa, work visa, study visa, business visa, or a transit visa.

Some additional supporting documentation may be requested depending on the visa type required. The validity and period of stay permitted with an approved embassy visa will depend on the purpose of the visit.

The visa policy of Ethiopia also states that all nationalities that require an eVisa to gain entry to Ethiopia must obtain an embassy visa if they are planning to enter the country by land borders.

Browse the list below to see if your nationality requires an embassy visa to gain entry to Ethiopia.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

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Visa Not Required

Current visa laws set by the government of Ethiopia state that some foreign citizens do not need a visa to enter the country, no matter the purpose of the visit or the amount of time the traveler is planning to stay.

At the moment, there are only 2 countries on the visa-free list for Ethiopia: neighboring African countries Kenya and Djibouti.

Nationals of Kenya are able to gain visa-free entry to Ethiopia for up to 1 year by presenting a valid passport or proof of residence, while citizens of Djibouti are permitted a maximum visa-exempt stay of 3 months.

Additionally, travelers of all nationalities who are passing through the country by air on the way to an onward destination do not need an Ethiopian transit visa, as long as they remain in the designated airport transit area and leave Ethiopia within 12 hours.

Furthermore, nationals of any country other than Pakistan and Somalia who hold a diplomatic or service passport can enter Ethiopia visa-free if they are planning a visit up to 90 days.

Find below a complete list of the visa not required countries for Ethiopia.

Visa Not Required: Country list

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