Traveling to Ethiopia has become easier with the Ethiopia online visa that has recently been extended to citizens from various countries. At present, only citizens from two countries can enter Ethiopia without a visa. Citizens from Kenya are allowed a visa free entry for up to one year while citizens from Djibouti can enter without a visa for up to three months. Citizens from all other countries must hold an electronic visa to enter Ethiopia.
The electronic visa for Ethiopia makes it easier for eligible travelers to apply online for the necessary authorization to visit the country. The eVisa can be easily obtained after completing the application.
Do Australian Passport Holders Need a Visa for Ethiopia?
Yes, Australian citizens need a visa in order to enter Ethiopia. Australian citizens can apply for a single-entry tourist visa for either 30 or 90 days. Holders of service or diplomatic passports can enter Ethiopia without a visa for up to three months.
Australia is also among the eligible countries whose citizens can request a visa on arrival. However, travelers are encouraged to submit an Ethiopia visa application online to ensure they are authorized to enter the country ahead of their journey.
Requesting a visa on arrival can require waiting in lines at border entry points upon arrival. Also, travelers should make sure to bring all the necessary documents with them to avoid being denied entry to the country.
Travelers who intend to travel to Ethiopia with an eVisa are only allowed entry via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. It isn’t possible to enter Ethiopia with the eVisa through any other ports.
What Documents do Australian Citizens Need to Get an Ethiopian Visa?
Australian citizens need the following documents to get an Ethiopian visa:
- A passport, valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of entry in Ethiopia
- A recent passport-size photo
- An email address
- A debit or credit card
Applicants should make sure all the information provided is correct and accurate before submitting the application. Mistakes on the application can lead to delays or even denial of a visa. Accuracy is also important in order to avoid issues at the Ethiopian Immigration counter upon arrival.
The following information needs to be provided in the application form:
- Personal information:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- City of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Passport details
- Country of issue
- Passport number
- Date of issue
- Expiry date
In addition to this information, applicants will be prompted to answer a few health and security-related questions.
Holders of more than one passport, must choose just one to fill out the application form and for their travel. Inconsistencies between the travel document and the details used for the eVisa application can lead to denial of entry in the country.
Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Australian travelers will need to present:
- A printed copy of their Ethiopia eVisa (if applicable)
- A photocopy of passport
- Their passport (valid for at least 6 months from date of arrival)
- 2 blank pages remaining in the passport for stamps or notes from the immigration department
Both the 30 and 90-day eVisa options, are for a single entry. This means that if travelers intend to leave the country and re-enter it before the visa expires, they need to apply for a new visa.
If travelers wish to stay longer than their visa period, they can request an extension before the visa expires by going in person to the Head Office of The Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa.
Staying in the country beyond the validity of the visa or beyond the extension period can lead to fines and legal penalties.
Additional health documentation might be requested upon arrival in Ethiopia. Australian travelers who have been traveling to countries with risk of yellow fever should get the vaccination. The proof of yellow fever vaccination is required also for previous transit for more than 12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of yellow fever. Travelers should familiarize with the list of countries at risk created by the World Health Organization.
How Long Does it Take to Get an Ethiopian Visa from Australia?
The process for obtaining an eVisa is simple and fast, with visas being processed within 1 to 3 business days from the day of application. Nevertheless, most visas get approved within 24 hours, if all provided information is accurate.
After accurately entering personal and passport details in the application form and answering the health and security-related questions, travelers will need to complete the online payment with a credit or debit card. The whole process takes only a few minutes.
Within 72 hours after completing the online application and if approved, applicants will receive their visa via email.
How Can Australian Citizens Apply for an Ethiopian Visa?
Australian citizens can fill in the online application form to request the Ethiopian visa. Before starting the application, travelers should make sure they meet all Ethiopia eVisa requirements and that they have all necessary documents as mentioned above.
In order to make sure the visa is ready on time, travelers are advised to submit their application at least 3 days before the date of arrival.