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As of June 2018, nationals of all countries are eligible for an Ethiopian online visa (e-Visa). By applying, travelers do not have to visit the consulate to apply for a tourist e-visa. You can submit all the required documents, information and pay for visa fees online. This streamlined system cut out the time wasted waiting in lines and costly processes that were previously in place.

The Ethiopia Tourist e-Visa is an official document issued electronically by the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs. Applicants will receive their visas via email, after filling the application form with the necessary information and once the online payment by a credit card is completed.


  • Passport with at least 6 month validity from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.
  • A recent passport size digital photo
  • A scanned copy of passport bio page
  • Credit/Debit card or Paypal account for payment

eVisa Requirements for Ethiopia

  • The validity of Ethiopian e-Visa starts from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia not from date of issue.
  • Passport with at least 6 month validity from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.
  • Travelers who apply for tourist visa must have travel document/passport/residence permit valid for at least six months from the planned date of entry.
  • Applicants who claim that they have permanent residence permit in one of the eligible countries must upload valid residence permit document
  • The e-Visa takes 1 business day but please note that delays may occur for up to 3 days so we suggest that you apply 3 days in advance of your travels to Ethiopia
  • The e-Visa is for tourism and family visits to Ethiopia only (no work allowed)
  • You can use this type of visa ONLY if you plan to arrive by airplane to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (At this stage it is not valid at other border posts)

IMPORTANT: If you apply from a country other than the country of your nationality, then you will be required to show the residence permit when you arrive in Ethiopia, this can be a letter or visa sticker in your passport.

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