Places in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes/1
British Yes Yes Yes/1
Canadian Yes Yes Yes/1
Other EU Yes Yes Yes/1
USA Yes Yes Yes/1

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To enter Ethiopia, a passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


Visas for Ethiopia are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Tourist visas can be issued on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airports to:

• Foreign nationals coming from countries where there is no Ethiopian mission.

• Foreign nationals coming from, and who are permanent residents in, any of the following countries (1): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

If applying for a tourist visa on arrival, visitors require two passport photographs and at least US$50.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Ethiopia.

Types and cost

Tourist visa on arrival: US$50 (30-day single-entry); US$70 (three-month single-entry); US$80 (three-month multiple-entry); US$100 (six-month multiple-entry).

Tourist visa obtained in advance: £28 (30-day single-entry); £42 (three-month single-entry); £49 (three-month multiple-entry); £56 (six-month multiple-entry).

Single-or multiple-entry tourist visa valid for up to two years (US nationals only): US$70.

There are a variety of business visas available; costs vary according to the purpose of travel.


Single-entry: 30 days or three months; multiple-entry: three months or six months.

Visas are valid from the date of issue, not from the date of entry; visas cannot be post-dated.


Transit visas are available for 12, 24, 48 or 72 hours.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy) in person or by post, or on arrival in some cases (see above).

Working days

Visas for Ethiopia take around one to three working days to process, but longer if the application is by post. If applying for a business visa, you should allow at least two weeks.

Sufficient funds

Visa applicants must supply proof of sufficent funds; a bank statement usually suffices.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Ethiopia
Telephone: (11) 661 2354. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs 0800-1645, Fri 0800-1300.
Embassy of Ethiopia in the USA
Telephone: (202) 364 1200. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Embassy of Ethiopia in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7838 3897. Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1500.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.