Ethiopia Visa Information

Visa Procurement

Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Ethiopia.

African countries are in a continual state of political flux and visa requirements can change overnight. It is essential that you check visa requirements with the local embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for every country you will be visiting in Africa for the most up-to-date visa information before you travel.

Please note that anyone travelling from a country infected with yellow fever or those having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission must provide a certificate of yellow fever vaccination.

Ethiopia Visa Requirements

Most nationalities including UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders, require a visa to enter Ethiopia which can be obtained upon arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, or in advance from an embassy or online. However, we advise against obtaining on arrival as a visa on arrival not only requires visitors to travel with sensitive documents but also involves waiting in long lines at the border.

UK, Australian, New Zealand, South African, USA and Canadian passport holders can take advantage of Ethiopia’s online visa service (subject to eligibility). Information about the Electronic visa for Ethiopia process can be found at: At present the cost of a single entry visa for up to 90 days is USD $72 for UK, Ireland, South Africa, USA, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passport holders.

For travellers holding passports for other nationalities, please refer to Project Visa for more information.

See Also

Our handy Travel Guide resources cover everything you need to know when planning a visit to Ethiopia:
Best Places to Visit - what to see and where to go in Ethiopia
Best Time to Visit - Ethiopia's climate and seasons
Top Travel Tips - time, health and money in Ethiopia