Ethiopia Visa and Passport Requirements

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


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.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Ethiopia

Telephone: (11) 661 2354.

Embassy of Ethiopia in the USA

Telephone: (202) 364 1200.

Embassy of Ethiopia in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7838 3897.