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Content updated, November 2022
Discover Ethiopia with an eVisa! Apply with iVisa
If you are planning to visit Ethiopia, you will need a visa. You can count on iVisa to make the online application process for the Ethiopia eVisa super easy, fast, and safe.
Travelers are no longer required to visit an embassy or consulate to apply, as you can apply online for the Ethiopia eVisa at any time and from anywhere with iVisa.
In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about the Ethiopia eVisa and how to apply.
What is the Ethiopia eVisa?
This visa is an official visa issued electronically by the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs of Ethiopia. Applicants will receive the visa via email after filling out the application form with the necessary information and paying a fee.
The Ethiopia eVisa is not the same as a paper visa, as you will not get a stamp or sticker on your passport.
Since June 2018, citizens from all over the globe have been eligible to apply for the Ethiopian eVisa. With this option, there’s no need to go to an embassy or consulate to apply.
You can get the Ethiopia eVisa by submitting the online visa application form on iVisa and get your travel document in just a few easy steps.
Who can apply for the Ethiopia eVisa?
All international visitors can apply for this electronic visa. With this tourist visa, people can visit Ethiopia for a holiday, a family visit, or do tourist activities without hassle.
If you wish to visit Ethiopia for business purposes you can apply here for a Business eVisa.
Who doesn’t need to apply for the Ethiopia eVisa?
According to the Ethiopian Visa Policy, citizens of only two nations, Kenya and Djibouti, can enter Ethiopia without a visa.
Remember that by visiting iVisa and using the Visa Checker, you can find all the information about the e-visa that you may need for visiting Ethiopia.
How long is the Ethiopia online visa valid for?
You can use the visa for a Single Entry. You can choose for an e-visa with a maximum stay period of 30 days in Total or 30 days in Total.
What are the Ethiopia tourist visa requirements to apply?
You need to submit only a few things during the Ethiopia eVisa application process:
Your valid passport and a scanned copy (it must be visible and can’t be cropped) of the first page with your personal details and passport number. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your travel date.
An email address to receive your Ethiopian eVisa.
A debit or credit card for payment of the service fee.
A recent passport-size picture. Don’t have one? Don’t worry! You can use the convenient iVisa photo service.
A residence permit is a requirement for foreign nationals who apply from a country other than their country of origin.
Once you have all those documents at hand, you can proceed and fill out the visa application form.
Do I need the eVisa if I’m just transiting through Ethiopia?
You don’t require an e-visa if you’re transiting through Ethiopia. It is important to note that if you plan on leaving the airport transit area to visit Addis Ababa, you will need to apply for a visa online.
How can I apply for the Ethiopia e-Visa online?
The Ethiopia eVisa application can be completed online in three easy steps:
- Step1: Fill out the application form. You will need to provide basic information, such as your name, passport information, address, phone number, email address, and so on. At this point, you are also required to select the fee for your Ethiopia eVisa.
- Step 2: Make sure to carefully review what you have filled out so far, and then make the payment. You can use a credit/debit card or PayPal to pay.
- Step 3: Finally, upload any documents required. Once you have done that, you can hit the submit button and wait for your Ethiopia eVisa to arrive via email.
How much does the Ethiopia eVisa application process cost?
iVisa offers you three options to choose from to process your Ethiopia visa, depending on your time and budget:
- Standard Processing Time: This option takes 7 days and costs USD $175.99. It is a perfect choice for travelers whose arrival date is at least a few weeks in the future.
- Rush Processing Time: You will receive your Ethiopia visa faster than the standard option, in just 5 days for USD $237.99.
- Super Rush Processing Time: If you need the document urgently before travel, you can use this express option, which will take only 4 days for a fee of USD $324.99.
I’m traveling with children, do they need an Ethiopian e-visa?
Yes, every visitor who wants to go to Ethiopia must obtain a visa, including children. If you decide to travel with children, make sure you have a valid birth certificate and/or adoption certificate with you, so you can avoid last-minute inconvenience. These requirements are valid for all children, whether they’re biological, adopted, or just traveling as a companion.
COVID-19: Ethiopia entry requirements
Since November 2022, the Government of Ethiopia has removed all COVID entry restrictions for all travelers. This means that you won't need to present a COVID vaccination, testing, or quarantine.
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Ethiopian travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Who can I speak to if I have more questions?
Required Documents to Apply
- Applicant's photo
- Passport page
The Ethiopia eVisa is an electronic travel authorization that allows travelers from eligible countries to visit Ethiopia for a holiday, to do tourist activities, or visit family members.
With this eVisa you cannot do business activities. If you wish to visit Ethiopia for business purposes, you can apply here for a Business eVisa.
There are two Ethiopia eVisa types. One is valid for 30 days and the other is valid for 90 days.
The validity of an Ethiopia e-Visa starts from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia, not from the document’s date of issue.
You can extend your stay with this eVisa. If you want to learn more about this, check our FAQs below.
To apply for this eVisa, you need to have a passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia.
Only nationals from Kenya and Djibouti don’t need this eVisa to visit Ethiopia.
You don’t need a visa to transit through Ethiopia, except if you plan to leave the transit area from the airport.
You can use this type of visa ONLY if you plan to arrive by airplane at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (at the moment, the e-Visa is not valid at any other border posts).
If you apply from a country other than the country of your nationality (for example, you are Canadian, but you apply from the US), then you will be required to show your residence permit when you arrive in Ethiopia. This can be a letter or a visa sticker on your passport.
My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
What can I do if my Ethiopia eVisa application has been canceled or rejected?
iVisa supports every step of the digital application and carefully reviews your documents. It’s unlikely you will get a rejection. Still, the Ethiopian government could deny your application. In this case, you will receive a full refund of the iVisa processing fee for the rejected applicants. However, the government fees can’t be returned.
Depending on the rejection cause, you could re-apply with iVisa and get your Ethiopia eVisa as soon as possible.
If I cancel my online order, will my fees be refunded?
iVisa has a flexible refund policy, and as travel plans could change at any moment, these are the circumstances to obtain a refund if you cancel your order:
If the application hasn’t reached the team for review or the immigration services haven't received it yet, you will get a credit for the amount of the iVisa processing fee and the visa cost.
If our team has checked your application but hasn’t sent it to the government for approval, you can opt for a credit of the government fee.
If the government has received your application or the visa is ready for you, you can’t get credit at this point.
I have completed my application and payment, but there is no email confirmation of whether it is successful or not. What do I do?
I entered some off my personal information incorrectly. Can it be modified?
How do processing times work?
Where can I read more?
- iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://www.evisa.gov.et/home