Quick info guide

Countries whose citizens do not require a Visa

Nationals of Kenya, Djibouti, holders of diplomatic service, AU, UN and AfDB passports do not require a Visa to enter Ethiopia. For further information click here.  

Basic Visa requirements

1. Fill and submit the visa application form
2. Copy of the biographical page of your passport
3. Passport which is valid for at least 6 months
4. Have at least two (2) blank pages left
5. Copy of your residency card (if applicable)
6. Visa fee
7. Depending on your nationality and the countries you have recently visited, you may be expected to provide certificates of vaccinations that you have received


Contact information

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(In front of Tikur Anbesa Secondary School)
+251 11 157 3357
Email: Vitalevent2007@gmail.com
Website: https://www.evisa.goc.et

Ethiopia immigration information

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency governs cross border movements in and out of Ethiopia, issuance of visas as well as the stay of immigrants in the country. Any visitors to Ethiopia must obtain a Visa 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.

An online Visa application facility is available here.

Useful information for cross border traders

angle-left Visa types and requirements

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency controls airports and land ports through a system directly connected with the Department’s head office in Addis Ababa. The following guide shows applicable Visas for women in business, the eligible applicant visa fees, validity periods and Visa requirements;

Visa type

Eligibility

Validity

Fee

Requirements

Tourist Visa (VT)

Citizens of all countries

30 days single entry

 

90 days single entry

$52

 

$72

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Passport of the Visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia

Transit Visa (TV)

Foreign nationals who are traveling to other countries through Ethiopian territory

 

 

  • Onward air ticket and
  • Duration of stay

Conference Visa (CV)

 

30 days single entry

 

$32

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Passport of the Visa application which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry into Ethiopia
  • Invitation letter

Investment Visa (IV)

To foreign nationals who are engaged in investment activities /potential investors

30 days single entry

 

90 days multiple entries

 

6 months multiple

 entry

 

12 months of multiple entries

$32

 

$42

 

 

$62

 

 

$122

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Passport of the visa application which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia
  • A support letter from the nearest Ethiopia embassy

 

Foreign Business Firm Employment Visa (WV)

To foreign nationals who are entering Ethiopia to be employed by business firms owned/operated by foreigners

30 days single entry

 

$42

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant.
  • Passport of the visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia.
  • Formal application letter by the inviting company.
  • Business license of the inviting company
  • TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) Certificate of the inviting company
  • Contractual agreement between the inviting company and the visa applicant

Ethiopian Government Employment Visa (GV)

To foreign nationals to be employed by different Ethiopian Government institutions/ministries

30 days single entry

 

$32

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant.
  • Passport of the Visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry into Ethiopia
  • Written application letter by a relevant Government institution

Journalist Visa (JV)

Foreign journalists, media professionals or filmmakers, coming to cover events

30 days single entry

 

$42

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant.
  • Passport of the visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia.
  • Written application by the inviting institution or company.
  • Support Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ethiopian Private Business Firm Work Visa (PE)

Foreign nationals coming for employment or other short-term assignments with Ethiopian private business firms

30 days single entry

 

$32

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant.
  • Passport of the Visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry into Ethiopia.
  • Formal application/request letter written by the inviting company and addressed to Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency of Ethiopia
  • Business license of the inviting company
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) Certificate of the inviting company
  • A contractual agreement between the inviting company and the Visa applicant

International Organizations /Embassies Work Visa (RI)

Foreign nationals with ordinary passports who are invited by international organizations or embassies resident in Ethiopian for different work purposes

30 days single entry

 

$52

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant.
  • Passport of the Visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia.
  • Formal application letter by the organization/embassies to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.
  • Support letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Government Institutions Short Task Visa - GIV

to foreign nationals who wish to enter Ethiopia to accomplish certain tasks for government institutions for a short period of time

30 days single entry

 

90 days multiple entries

 

6 months multiple

 entry

 

$22

 

$82

 

 

$122

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant.
  • Passport of the visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia.
  • Written application letter by a relevant Government institution

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Work Visa - NV

Foreign nationals who are invited by NGOs operating in Ethiopia for employment or short-term assignments

 

30 days single entry

 

$62

 

  • Recent passport-size photo of the applicant
  • Passport of the Visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia
  • Official application letter written by the inviting organization and addressed to the Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency of Ethiopia
  • Registration license of the inviting organization