How do I get a Visa to Ethiopia?

Ethiopia Visa

Visas are required for all foreign visitors to Ethiopia, with the exception of nationals of Djibouti and Kenya.

Citizens of all countries can apply online prior to arrival ( for a 30-day. The online visa is generally granted within a few days of application.

We suggest that you do this before you leave for Ethiopia.

Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 30 or 90 days visa issued on arrival in Ethiopia at Bole International Airport:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Visas on arrival at Bole International Airport are available for a fee of $52 USD for 30 days and $70 USD for 90 days, also payable in EUR or GBP.

Make sure you have at least 2 empty pages in your passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date in Ethiopia. A scanned photograph is required if applying online.

Customs Regulations

Video crews or film companies with professional style cameras need a permit from the Government Communication Affair Office.

Small modern consumer camcorders are usually not targeted but some older bigger models might be questioned. When needed we can assist you in obtaining a permit.

Visitors are allowed to import an unlimited amount of foreign currency but they have to declare foreign currency in excess of $3,000 USD, or equivalent.

Any traveler entering or exiting Ethiopia is only allowed to carry a maximum of 200 birr.

Visitors may export goods obtained in Ethiopia, up to a value 500 birr. For the export of skins and hides and any kind of antique artifacts (e.g. crosses, paintings, bibles, etc.) an export certificate is required.