Ethiopia Visa for Canadian Citizens

All information regarding the Ethiopia visa for Canadian citizens can be found on this page.

All visitors traveling to Ethiopia are required to obtain a visa in order to gain right of entry, except for citizens of Kenya and Djibouti, who have visa-exemption arrangements with Ethiopia, meaning their citizens don’t need to apply for a visa for a period of up to 1 year (Kenyans) and up to 3 months (Djiboutians).

*Note: The eVisa is an electronic travel authorization allowing visitors to enter a specific country for a certain amount of time. This type of visa eliminates the need to physically go to a Consulate or Embassy or even wait in line at the airport or border for a visa. What is more convenient is the fact that you can apply for and obtain an Ethiopia eVisa while still in your home country.

The complete process of obtaining an Ethiopia tourist visa for Canadian citizens has become a lot simpler since the launch of the Ethiopia eVisa.

Ethiopian Visa Application for Canadian Citizens

You must answer questions covering personal information, passport information, travel plans, vaccination and health history as well as security information eliminating the possibility of public risks to Ethiopia in the Ethiopian visa application for Canadian citizens. It only takes a few minutes to complete and is simple to follow.

The following are the types of information required:

  • Personal information, such as full name, address, date of birth among others
  • Passport details, such as passport number, expiry date, nationality, among others
  • Your detailed travel plans, such as dates, hotel address
  • Health information such as your medical history and vaccinations, among others

It’s essential to double-check all information provided on the Ethiopia eVisa application form, as any inaccuracies or errors can result in delay or rejection of your electronic tourist visa to Ethiopia.

Make sure you print a copy of your eVisa for presentation at border control upon arrival.

Applicants holding dual citizenship must use the same passport to enter Ethiopia as the one used when completing the application form for the electronic visa.

Ethiopian Visa Options for Canadian Citizens

Ethiopia and Canada maintain strong and rich diplomatic relations and have done since 1956, with Ethiopia being one of the largest receivers of international assistance from Canada.

Canadian citizens who travel with a single-entry visa cannot reuse the visa once they have left Ethiopia, regardless of the number of days used.

Visa extensions can be granted by the Main Immigration and Nationality Affairs Office in Addis Ababa at least a week prior to your current visa expiry date. You can apply online for a new eVisa while still in Ethiopia.

Multiple.entry visas must be granted by an Ethiopian embassy prior to departure.

For Canadian citizens transiting through Ethiopia without leaving the airport between flights, no transit visa is required.

Ethiopia visa requirements for Canadian citizens are listed below.

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Documents Required to Obtain the Ethiopian Visa for Canadian Citizens

The complete list of documents for an Ethiopian tourist visa for Canadian citizens includes:

  • Passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date you intend to enter the country
  • A recent passport size digital photo in color
  • A scanned copy of your passport bio page
  • Credit card or debit card for visa fee payment
  • Correctly filled in application form

*Note: Residents of Canada must also provide a valid residence permit in Canada.

Information regarding minors

Minors, aged 14 or under, are allowed to be included on the parent’s eVisa application. A separate application for minors may have to be completed if they possess their own passport.

Following is a list of additional documents that may be required:

  • A consent letter confirming the permission for the child to travel alone or accompanied by one parent
  • Other supporting documents: citizenship card or birth certificate
  • Other supporting legal documents: custody court orders, divorce papers, death certificate in case of a deceased parent

Ethiopian Visa Processing Time From Canada

After you have submitted all the required documents and information, the Ethiopian authorities screen your application, documents, and fee payment. The standard approval period takes from 1-3 business days (24-72 hours). You can keep track of your visa processing procedure online.

It is advisable to apply at least 7 days prior to your trip in order to allow plenty of time for processing and/or required improvements. Sometimes, the process may take longer and can be caused by application errors or inaccuracies.

All notifications regarding your Ethiopia visa application form are communicated via email when applying for an Ethiopian visa from Canada.

*Note: e-Visa application fees are non-refundable in case of rejection or unused!

FAQ About Ethiopian Visa for Canadian Citizens

Yes, Canadian citizens must have a valid visa in order to enter Ethiopia.

As stated above, except for citizens of Kenya and Djibouti, all other international visitors must first obtain a visa in order to enter Ethiopia, including Canadian citizens.

Canadians need to have a valid visa to enter Ethiopia. The most straightforward way to get an Ethiopian visa is to apply online:

  1. Have the Ethiopia eVisa requirements at hand
  2. Fill out the Ethiopia visa application form
  3. Use a credit or debit card to pay the necessary fees

Most Ethiopia eVisa requests are approved within 24 hours, however, it is advisable to apply at least 3 business days in advance. Once granted, the eVisa is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport and a digital copy is sent to the applicant via email.

Canadian travelers who do not have an approved eVisa have the option to get an Ethiopia visa on arrival. However, this usually means that the passenger will have to wait in line (sometimes for hours) at border control.

The standard approval period takes from 1-3 business days (24-72 hours). It is advisable to apply at least 7 days prior to your trip in order to allow plenty of time for processing and/or required improvements. Sometimes, the process may take longer and can be caused by application errors or inaccuracies.