Electronic visas are now allowed in most countries in the world and Ethiopia is included. It encourages tourism, and it makes it easier for people including Swiss to obtain the document they need to enter the country. They can simply apply online for a visa. You can do that using iVisa. The company provides excellent services at competitive prices. Eligibility the only thing that Swiss should worry about is. You can find out whether you qualify or not for an Ethiopia evisa using the Visa Checker you find on iVisa’s website. It is very easy to use. Just put in your country of origin, select Ethiopia as your destination, and you will know your eligibility.
What documents are required?
The list of things you need to provide is quite short, and you may already have everything you need. iVisa does not ask for much, which is why their services are very much appreciated. Here is what you will need:
Swiss valid passport – getting one should not be difficult, and if you already have one, bare in mind that it needs to keep its validity for at least another six months after you arrive in Ethiopia. Otherwise, your risk a de nied application.
A digital copy of your passport – the information page is the most important, but you should scan the entire booklet.
A digital passport-sized photo of yourself – preferably as recent as possible.
A residence permit – this requirement applies only to foreigners who apply from another country other than their country of origin. A letter or a visa sticker in your passport will suffice.
Valid e-mail address – iVisa will send you a copy of your visa even if the visa is linked to your passport electronically. You will be required to show it at the immigration office. The delivery system is via e-mail in PDF format, so make sure that you provide a valid and accurate e-mail address.
The application process
The application form for Swiss will not cause you any distress. It is quite simple, and if you need any help, just call iVisa’s support service. They are available 24/7. There are three steps to it, and completing it should take you about 20 minutes.
Step number one is as basic as possible. You need to insert your general information and select two things: processing time and visa type. The latter determines the amount of time you can spend in Ethiopia, 30 or 90 days. Both those things will determine the cost of your visa. As for processing time, you have three options:
Standard processing – this is the cheapest option available on iVisa, and your application will be processed within three business days. For that, you need to pay a fee of $87.
Rush processing – this time, your visa will be ready within 2 business days, and the price goes a little bit higher. You will be charged $117.
Super Rush processing – for Swiss that needs to be on the plane tomorrow, you can go for this one. The application is processed within just 1 business day, but as you can imagine it costs more. You will be charged $152.
However, the costs above apply to the 30-day evisa. The 90-day visa costs $20 more for every processing time.
The second step consists of revision and payment. Just make sure that all the information you provide is accurate and double-check the spelling of everything.
Last but not least, the third step will ask Swiss to upload additional documents. You must upload the copy of your passport and the photo, as well as anything else that may be asked of you. It depends on the case, so it is not the same for everyone. For example, a person traveling with his/her minor child will need an authorization letter from the other parent. Otherwise, the visa will not be approved.
The document will allow Swiss a single entry, even if you pay for the 90-day visa. You can use it only for tourism purposes or if you visit your family. Also, the Ethiopia evisa is valid only at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The rest of entry points require a consular visa.