Ethiopian Visa and Immigration

Visa and immigration requirements

Anyone who want to travel to Ethiopia must obtain Ethiopian Visa. Visitors must meet the Ethiopian entry requirements to travel to the country. The Ethiopian tourism and investment have gone supernova these days and many want to travel to the country, however almost all foreigners who want to travel to Ethiopia need to obtain a visa, fortunately for many the Ethiopian gov has made obtaining a visa easier.

Do I Need a Visa?

Yes, unless you are from one of the countries listed below, you must have a visa before you enter Ethiopia. However, many nationals are eligible to get a visa online or on arrival, which makes the process less time-consuming.

Nationals of the following countries are eligible to enter Ethiopia without a visa for stays of up to 90 days

  • Kenya
  • Djibouty

Tourist Visa

The Ethiopian tourist visa is a type visa issued for short-term purposes up to 90 days maximum. There are two types of tourist visa to enter Ethiopia, Visa on Arrival and Online visa (E-visa). Those who are eligible to get an Ethiopian Tourist Visa On Arrival or Online still have to apply at an Ethiopian embassy or consulate if they want to stay in Ethiopia for long-term.

Who is Eligible for an Ethiopian Visa on Arrival? All nationals of the African Union member States.

Who is Eligible for an Ethiopian Visa on Arrival?

All nationals of the African Union member States are eligible for visa on arrival.

The nationals of the fallowing countrys are eligible to obtain visa on arrival.



  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Macau
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan and
  • Thailand.


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg


  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • and the United Kingdom.


  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • the United States
  • Argentina and Brazil

Oceanic Countris

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

How To Obtain Visa on Arrival

It is very easy but the queuing after flying for long hours?

If you are from one of the countries eligible for an Ethiopian visa on arrival, you need to present 2 passport size photos and a fee, you get queue at one of the cabins at the airport to complete the application.

However, we prefer to advise travelers choose to obtain the Ethiopian visa online before they travel. That is to save the hassle of queuing and applying for a visa on arrival at Bole international Airport, it is better to apply online for an Ethiopia visa in advance.

Do I need a Transit visa for Ethiopia?

If you transit through Ethiopia, you don’t need a visa as long as you remain in the permitted transit area and depart within 12 hours. However if you decide to leave the airport or the permitted transit area, yes you will need to obtain a transit visa.