Visa policy of Ethiopia

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Ethiopian visa with entry and exit stamps issued to a national of Singapore

Visitors to Ethiopia must obtain a visa from one of the Ethiopian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an electronic visa or visa on arrival.[1][2]

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Visa policy of Ethiopia

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 2 countries do not require a visa to visit Ethiopia:[1][2]

Holders of diplomatic or service passports of any country other than Eritrea, Pakistan and Somalia do not require a visa for up to 3 months.[2]

Visa waiver agreement for diplomatic, private and service passports was signed with  Qatar in November 2017 but is yet to be ratified.[3]

Land Border Arrivals[edit]

Visas are required for all visitors (except Kenya and Djibouti nationals) and they must be obtained from one of the Ethiopian diplomatic missions.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Tourist visa (valid for up to three months) can be issued on arrival only at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to nationals of the following 40 countries and territories, or persons holding residence permits issued by these countries or territories:[4][1][2]

Visa is also granted on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport for visitors with an invitation letter attending meetings, seminars, or workshops organized by the African Union participants of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa conferences and meetings.

Visa on arrival does not apply to nationals of Eritrea, Somalia and Pakistan under any circumstances. Eligible persons of Eritrean or Somali origin must supply a contact number and an address in Ethiopia while applying for visa on arrival.


Regardless of nationality, travelers in transit do not require a visa if they arrive by air, remain in the permitted transit area and depart within 12 hours.[2]


Ethiopia launched its own electronic visa platform on 12 June 2017.[5] As of 1 June 2018 nationals of all countries are eligible for eVISA.[6]

Travelers with eVISA must enter Ethiopia via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entering from other ports of entry is prohibited.

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