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How can travelers from UK apply for an Ethiopia Visa?

Ethiopia and the United Kingdom build good and fruitful diplomatic relationships. As a result, an estimated 20 million British citizens visit Ethiopia annually. The Ethiopia Visa is an electronic travel authorization that allows British visitors to enter the country. The application is available online and just takes a few minutes to complete. As a result, the blogpost summarizes the existing laws governing the Ethiopia visa for UK citizens.  The British passport is now as one of the most powerful travel documents in the world which allows visa-free travel to 185 of the world’s 195. 

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How to apply for Ethiopia Visa

Except for nationals of Kenya and Djibouti, who have visa-exemption, all UK tourists coming to Ethiopia must obtain a visa. It is simple to apply for an Ethiopian visa as a UK citizen. However, before completing your visa application, applicants must ensure that they are able to meet Ethiopia visa criteria. Applicants must first have a valid passport for at least 6 months from the date of intended arrival in Ethiopia.

The online application form requests personal information, passport information, trip itinerary, vaccination and health history, and security information in order to eliminate the potential of public risks to Ethiopia. The immigration Officers will double check all information on your application form and inconsistencies or errors may result in the delay or refusal of your electronic tourist visa to Ethiopia.

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When visa approved

When Ethiopia approve your application, it send the visa by your email address. so, don’t forget to print the Ethiopian e-visa to present it at the port of entry. As well,  the sole entrance for passengers is Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. It is advisable to maintain a copy of your Ethiopian eVisa with you at all times during your visit. The eVisa is valid from the moment the visa bearer enters Ethiopia, it is not from the the date you receive it.

Once you depart Ethiopia, your single-entry visa will expire. This is true for all visas, regardless of how many days are utilized out of the 30 or 90 days given. UK nationals will need to reapply for a visa in order to reenter Ethiopia. However, visa holders can extend their stay in Ethiopia by physically visiting the Main Immigration and Nationality Affairs Office in Addis Ababa. To be successful in extending the visa, the application should be submitted at least a week before the existing visa expiry date. Alternatively, while remaining in Ethiopia, candidates can apply online for a new eVisa. Overstaying passengers will be asked to pay a fee in full before departing Ethiopia, or they may face incarceration.

Documents Required for Ethiopia Visa

The required documents vary depending on the type of visa you are seeking for, however you must meet the need based on the visa type. However, there are a few conditions that all UK travellers must meet.

  • Valid passport valid for at least 6 months from the day you want to enter Ethiopia
  • A latest passport-size digital color image by a d dimensions: 51mm x 51mm and the front view with clear, full face from hairline to chin, eyes open.
  • Scanned copy of the information page of your passport
  • the online application form.
  • Visa fee payment can be made with a credit card or a debit card.
  • Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever
  • Travel protection insurance
  • A recent bank statement confirming sufficient money
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How long does it take to obtain an Ethiopian eVisa?

Another advantage is the quicker processing of visas. In three days, Ethiopia INVEA process the applications. But usually INVEA approves many applications within 24 hours. Although the eVisa can be issued just days before departure, it is always recommended to apply well ahead of time.

Passengers possessing an eVisa can go straight to the immigration desks devoted to e-Visa holders upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, bypassing long lines for a visa on arrival.

Minors/Children Travel from the United Kingdom

If you are traveling with kids, kindly confirm that you have a valid unabridged birth certificate, adoption certificate, or certificate of guardianship, as appropriate, to avoid any last-minute difficulties. To apply for an Ethiopian eVisa, all minors, regardless of age, must submit a separate application. Visa applicants above the age of 18 must have the necessary documentation in order to go abroad on their own. Please keep in mind that the regulations apply to all children, whether biological, adopted, or just traveling together!!

Ethiopia regularly update the rules and procedures that apply to travelers entering or departing. Therefore, contact your travel agency or the nearest Ethiopian ticket office.

Ethiopia Visa

Furthermore, the Ethiopia INVEA has identified certain fraudulent websites that seem and act similarly to the official e-Visa website. There is no agreement between the Ethiopian government and the operators of personal or private  websites. As a result, any visa application or payment made through these websites is ineligible. So, applicant can apply using the official website of the government. Click Here. In addition, learn more about Ethiopia Tourism and other related topics from our website. Also, share your experience on evisa of Ethiopia on the comment section.