Ethiopia Visa

All U.S. citizens are required to have an Ethiopia visa for entry into the country. The U.S. Department of State recommends obtaining your travel visa in advance of your trip.

However, in some cases, U.S. citizens may be able to obtain a one or three month single entry tourist visa on arrival at the Bole International airport. Business visas may also be available if the applicant’s sponsoring organization has made the appropriate arrangements prior to his/her arrival.

The Bole International Airport is the only place in Ethiopia where on-arrival visas are issued. According to the U.S. Department of State, some individuals have not been allowed to secure visas at the Bole International Airport.

If your visa expires while you are in Ethiopia, you have to get a visa extension before you can leave the country, and you will be required to pay a fine of $20 per month. You may also be subject to a court fine of up to $300.

If you try to leave the country on an expired Ethiopia visa, you will be detained and you may have to appear in immigration court. Travelers visiting Ethiopia on business or to work, who are staying for more than 90 days, must apply for a residence card/work permit within 30 days of arriving in country.


The following is a list of the most common visa requirements for travel to Ethiopia.

  • U.S. passport with at least six months validity
  • Passport photo
  • Completed application form
  • Visa fees
  • If you are applying for a business visa, you must include a letter from your employer explaining the purpose of your visit
  • This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. Consular officials have the authority to request additional information from any applicant applying for an Ethiopia visa. For the most up to date requirements, visit the website of the Embassy of Ethiopia.

    Submitting Your Application

    After completing your application and gathering the required documentation, you can submit it in person at the Ethiopian Embassy or Consulate or by mail. If you send your application by mail, you must include a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope in addition to the items listed above, so your travel documents can be returned to you. Visas are usually issued within two to three business days from the time your application is received.


    The fee for a single or multiple-entry tourist or business visa, good for up to two years is $70. All Ethiopia visa fees are payable by money order, cashier’s check or certified bank check. Other forms of payments will not be accepted.

    Visa Services

    If you need help preparing your visa application, a professional service like “company name” can help. Identifying the visa requirements of the country you’re visiting can often be the most difficult part of the process.

    Visa services have databases with the most up to date requirements of nearly every country in the world. They are experts in the visa application process, and they can help you make sure your Ethiopia visa application is complete and accurate before it is submitted for processing.

    When you work with a professional visa company, they will guide you through the application process. If you have questions at any time, a representative will get you the answers you need.

    Some companies have representatives available 24 hours a day. After you have completed your application and gathered the supporting documentation, you must send it to the visa company, where someone will review it to make sure it is complete and accurate before submitting it to the Embassy or Consulate on your behalf for processing.

    After your application has been processed and your Ethiopia visa has been issued, it will be mailed directly to you, so you can leave for your trip as planned.