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Ethiopia Business Visa

If you are planning on visiting Ethiopia on business or as a volunteer, you will require an Ethiopia Business visa from the Ethiopian embassy in London. GulfVisa is an accredited visa agent in the UK which provides this service for those who are planning to fly to Ethiopia. You cannot obtain an Ethiopian Business visa on arrival at the airport destination and therefore must apply for a business visa before travelling from the Ethiopian embassy in the UK. GulfVisa can obtain this visa and undergo the whole process on your behalf, saving you the trouble and time of running around and hassle of figuring out the process.

We have simplified the visa process down to three easy steps. Scroll down to step one (visa requirements) and follow the instructions to get started.

How to obtain an Ethiopian Business Visa - 3 simple steps

1Requirements for an Ethiopian Business Visa

1. Passport (valid for more than 6 months beyond date of exit + at least two blank consecutive visa pages facing each other)

2. One passport photo (must be recently taken + have a white background)

3. A colour photocopy of the information page(s) from your passport.

4. A fully completed Ethiopia business visa application form (available on page 2 of our Pack). This must be completed in block capitals in BLUE/BLACK ink.

5. A copy of your flight booking confirmation showing your outbound/inbound flights. The embassy recommends you do not book tickets until you have received visa approval – see requirement 7.

6. An original business introduction letter from your UK company (for the information required in this letter, please see the template on page 3 of our Pack – if you are self-employed, this letter can be from a solicitor, accountant, or company house).

7. A copy of the visa approval form from the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs Office (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). To obtain this form, your Ethiopian host company must submit a formal letter to the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs Office, detailing relevant information such as the purpose of your visit, duration of stay and passport details. (see example of letter on page 4 of our Pack).


8. If you are a student, you require a letter from your university/college giving you permission to travel (or from an Ethiopian referee).


Note: Do not send your documents to us without a copy of the visa approval form (requirement 7). It can take at least 21 days to receive the approval form

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Staying in Ethiopia for longer than the visa duration

The embassy website says, ‘If you wish to stay in Ethiopia for a longer period than that which has been indicated in your visa, you are required to apply for an extension at the Main Department for Immigration Office in Addis Ababa.”

If you plan on staying for over 3 months in Ethiopia, you will be issued with a single-entry visa to enter Ethiopia. Following this you are required to apply for a residency or work permit at the Main Department for Immigration Office in Addis Ababa.

Visa Validity

The visa becomes valid from the date of issue, not the date of entry to Ethiopia. Hence, you should consider this in relation to when you will receive the visa and when you will be returning from Ethiopia.

Connecting Flights

People passing through the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport catching a connecting flight are not in need of a visa as long as they do not leave the airport and are only waiting there for a few hours.

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