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UK Standard Visitor Visa for Ethiopian citizens: Complete guide for 2023
5 min read
Updated on May 16, 2024

Many Ethiopian citizens dream of traveling to the United Kingdom. Whether for tourism, visiting family, or attending business events, the UK offers diverse opportunities and experiences. As an Ethiopian national, you must apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa to make this dream a reality.

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This guide will provide you with essential information about the UK Standard Visitor Visa for Ethiopian citizens, including the application process, requirements, and visa application fee. Rely on our services for professional assistance from start to finish and get your UK visa hassle-free.

What is the UK Standard Visitor Visa?

This is one of the most popular UK visas since it covers tourists traveling for the most common reasons: tourism, business, and visiting family and friends. You must apply online for this UK Standard Visitor Visa and attend an appointment at a UK Visa Application Center or Embassy, where you’ll provide biometric information, submit your documents, and, if necessary, undergo an interview.

You can choose to apply with us using the above link or directly with the UK Government.

Do Ethiopian citizens need a Standard Visitor Visa for the United Kingdom?

Yes, if you're an Ethiopian citizen planning to visit the United Kingdom, you’ll need a Standard Visitor Visa. This visa is specially designed for short-term stays and allows you to explore the beauty of the UK, engage in business meetings, attend conferences, seek medical treatment, and more.

Remember, you cannot work or take long courses in the UK with this visa.

Other citizens may be eligible for the UK ETA. Use our Visa Checker Tool to determine the visa options available based on your nationality.

Learn more details about this UK visa in the video below:

UK visa requirements for Ethiopian citizens

You must provide documentation to prove your travel purpose and eligibility. We’ll send you a tailored document list with all the items you must carry to the visa appointment. In the meantime, here is an overview of the UK visa requirements for Ethiopian citizens.

UK Visitor Visa: Eligibility criteria for Ethiopian citizens

As a citizen of Ethiopia, you are eligible for the UK Standard Visitor Visa. However, in addition to nationality, you must meet other eligibility requirements, which include:

  • Intention to leave the UK: You must demonstrate your plans to depart the UK at the end of your visit.

  • Financial capability: You must prove you have the means to support yourself and any dependents during your trip. If someone else will be funding your journey, you must provide evidence of their financial support.

  • Return or onward journey: You must show that you can pay for your return or onward trip from the UK.

  • Short-term stay: Your visit should not involve living in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, nor should you intend to travel with indefinite leave.

UK Standard Visitor Visa: Required documents for citizens from Ethiopia

To apply for the UK Standard Visitor Visa, Ethiopian citizens need to submit the following documents as part of their application:

  • Valid passport – It must be an ordinary passport valid for up to six months beyond the intended stay. Please note that applying with a refugee passport/alien’s passport is impossible.

  • Completed visa application form.

  • National ID.

  • Proof of finances – There is no specific amount, but you must foresee how much your trip will cost and present bank statements, annual income, and other financial documents showing sufficient funds to cover expenses.

  • Proof of residence – It could be a green card, a residence permit, or a visa sticker in your passport (if applicable).

  • Travel Itinerary – A detailed itinerary outlining the purpose and planned activities during the stay in the UK.

  • Accommodation details: Proof of accommodation arrangements in the UK, such as hotel reservations or an invitation letter from a host.

  • Proof of employment (if applicable) – For employed applicants, a letter from their employer stating their position, salary, and approved leave for the travel period.

  • Details of any criminal, civil, or immigration offenses you may have committed.

Please keep in mind that additional documents may be required based on your circumstances.

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How long can Ethiopian citizens stay in the UK?

With a UK Standard Visitor Visa, Ethiopian citizens can typically stay in the United Kingdom for up to 180 days in Total. This Multiple Entry visa is valid for 180 days after issued.

However, the immigration officer will determine the actual duration of your stay based on your visit purpose and individual circumstances.

How to apply for the UK Standard Visitor Visa with us

To apply for the United Kingdom Standard Visitor Visa with our assistance, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Provide your basic details and travel information on our website or iVisa app. Review the details carefully to avoid errors and proceed with paying the visa fees.

  • Step 2: Complete the UK visa application form and upload the required documents. Our iVisa Experts will review it and schedule a visa appointment.

  • Step 3: Attend the visa appointment at the UK Embassy or Visa Application Center (VAC) to provide biometric data and undergo the interview. We’ll assist you in finding the nearest location, preparing for the interview, and providing tips for a successful appointment.

After your interview, the UK immigration authorities will need your passport to issue the approved UK Visitor Visa.

Where can I find more information about the UK Visitor Visa?

  • If you have questions or concerns about the UK Standard Visitor Visa or other travel documents, contact us via online chat or WhatsApp.

  • Check out our UK Travel Guide for more valuable tips and tricks to prepare to visit the United Kingdom. Have a blast!

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