As of June 1, 2018, citizens of eligible foreign countries have been able apply for the Ethiopian electronic visa (eVisa). This was launched with the goal of streamlining the immigration process of visiting tourists and enhance national border security.
Only Citizens from Kenya and Djibouti can enter Ethiopia without a visa for a period of up to one year and up to three months, respectively. All other visitors may only enter the country with an eVisa or visa on arrival. It is therefore absolutely necessary for Irish citizens to hold a valid Ethiopia visa before entering the country.
The following information covers the requirements, process, and rules for obtaining an Ethiopia tourist visa for Irish citizens.
What Visa Do I Need to Visit Ethiopia from Ireland?
Irish citizens have two options for obtaining a tourist visa for Ethiopia: the eVisa or a visa on Arrival. With both visas Irish citizens can apply for a single-entry visa, available for a 30 or 90-day stay.
The visa on arrival generally means that upon arrival, travelers will have to wait in line at border entry points upon arrival. When choosing this option, travelers should make sure to bring all the necessary documents with them to avoid being denied entry in the country.
On the other hand, the eVisa allows travelers to skip these lines since the application process can be carried out entirely online. Getting the Ethiopia eVisa is a simple and fast process that allows travelers to obtain a visa from the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, the eVisa provides notification of visa eligibility prior to travel. This can help travelers avoid fewer inconveniences and less uncertainty on arrival.
It is important to note that travelers who possess an eVisa must enter Ethiopia via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entry through any other ports is not allowed with the online visa.
What Documents do Irish People Need to Get an Ethiopian Visa?
The following documents are required in order to get an Ethiopia visa for Irish citizens:
- A passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Ethiopia
- A recent passport-size photo
Applicants should make sure all the information provided is correct and accurate before submitting the application form to avoid delays in obtaining the visa. This is also recommended to prevent issues at the Ethiopian Immigration counter upon arrival.
In the online application, citizens will be prompted to provide the following information:
- 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
Travelers who possess more than one passport must use the same passport on their application and to travel to Ethiopia. There should be no inconsistencies between the travel document and the one used for the eVisa application.
Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, Irish travelers will need to have:
- A printed copy of their Ethiopia eVisa (if applicable)
- Photocopy of their passport
- A 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
The eVisa for Ethiopia is a single entry into the country, that grants 30 or 90-day stays. This means that travelers need to apply for a new visa if they intend to leave the country and re-enter it before the previous one expires.
It is also possible to request an extension before the visa expires. To do so, travelers need to go in person to the Head Office of The Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa. The visa can be extended for up to 30 days and in order to obtain the extension travelers need to still meet all the Ethiopia visa requirements for Irish citizens. Staying in the country beyond the validity of the visa or beyond the extension period can lead to fines or legal penalties.
In specific situations, additional documentation might be required. For instance, Irish travelers who have been traveling to countries with a risk of yellow fever should present proof of vaccination. This is also required if previous transit has taken place through an airport located in a country with risk of yellow fever for more than 12 hours.
How Long Does it Take for an Ethiopian Visa to be Approved?
The process for obtaining an eVisa is simple and fast, with visas being released within 1 to 3 business days from the date of online application. However, most visas get approved within 24 hours, if all the provided information is accurate.
After accurately entering the required personal and passport details on the application form, applicants then need to answer a few health and security-related questions. The whole online application process can be completed within a few minutes.
To make sure the visa is ready on time, travelers are advised to submit their application at least 3 full days before their date of arrival.
How can Irish citizens apply for an Ethiopian visa?
Irish citizens can apply for the Ethiopian visa online by filling out the eVisa application form. For a fast and smooth application procedure, citizens are advised to prepare all documents in advance and make sure they meet all the requirements mentioned above. After completing the online payment, and if approved, the visa will be sent via email within 72 hours.
*Note: The visa is valid from the date of entry in Ethiopia, not from the date of issue.