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Ethiopia Passport & Visa Requirements

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Entry requirements for Americans

US citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports.

Entry requirements for UK nationals

British citizens require a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports. Holders of British passports with endorsements other than 'British Citizen' should check with the embassy to confirm their entry requirements.

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports.

Entry requirements for Australians

Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports.

Entry requirements for South Africans

South African citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid upon arrival in Ethiopia. A visa is required, and can be obtained on arrival in the country for those travelling as tourists and arriving at one of the main airports.

Passport/Visa Note

Foreign visitors to Ethiopia may obtain a tourist visa on arrival, if arriving at the international airports in Addis Ababa or Dire Dawa. The fee is USD 50. Work visas are also obtainable, but requirements should be confirmed in advance. A yellow fever vaccination ceritificate is required to enter Ethiopia, if arriving within six days of leaving or transiting through an infected area. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

Our Travel Expert

Muluken Girma is a professional tour organiser and guide born and grew up in Addis Ababa. He has studied and graduated with a Tour Operations Management Diploma from the Catering and Tourism Training Institute of Addis Ababa in March 2004. Since then, he has been enjoying organising group and individual customised tours all over Ethiopia.

One of his recent achievements is to be selected as one of the Top 100 Tour Guides in the World in 2016 and 2017, and best tour guide in Addis Ababa by www.TourHQ.com.

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