In 2017, Ethiopia introduced an electronic travel authorization system, commonly known as Ethiopia’s eVisa, which allows several international passengers to apply online for a travel permit to enter the country. Japanese nationals are among the eligible group of citizens who can benefit from this online visa.
The eVisa is thought for those Japanese travelers intending to travel to Ethiopia for tourism and/or business affairs, including voluntary or paid work.
Do Japanese Citizens Need a Visa for Ethiopia?
Yes, citizens of Japan need a visa to legally enter Ethiopia. Due to their eligibility for the eVisa, they can obtain one electronically, although the Ethiopian e-Visa can only be used by Japanese nationals when arriving at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
If Japanese citizens are thinking about crossing the Ethiopian land borders, the eVisa is not allowed. In this case, they would have to previously ask for an ordinary visa in an Ethiopian embassy in Japan.
Types of Ethiopia’s visas available for Japan
The eVisa to Ethiopia allows citizens of Japan to remain in Ethiopia 30 or 90 consecutive days and it is a single-entry document. Therefore, if Japanese nationals want to exit the country to visit other countries and then they want to enter again, it will be necessary for them to apply for a new eVisa.
When choosing a tourist eVisa to Ethiopia, travelers of Japan can select a 30-day or 90-day travel authorization, which should be used for tourism purposes only.
If the reason to visit the country is commercial business-related, then Japanese residents must consider Ethiopia’s business eVisa. This travel document is suitable for those Japanese passengers who have a contract to perform a specific job in Ethiopia.
Nationals of Japan interested in this last type of visa have to inform themselves about the specific requirements to be eligible.
Documents Required to Obtain the Ethiopian Visa From Japan
One of the requirements to get the eVisa to Ethiopia for Japanese is having a Japanese passport that is valid for at least 6 months after citizens of Japan arrive in Ethiopia.
The rest of the documents needed to complete the application to Ethiopia are:
- A scanned picture of the Japanese applicant. It must be in ID size and in JPG or PDF format
- A copy of the biographical passport page, which is the one that contains all the information of the Japanese national
These two documents will be required always during the application process. Depending on the type of eVisa that applicants are requiring, a work contract can be also asked.
There are no obligatory medical reports, but it is highly recommended that Japanese nationals are prepared in advance and visit their doctors with enough time to learn about the suggested vaccines to Ethiopia from Japan.
Finally, Japanese travelers will need to possess a working email account where they will receive their eVisa to Ethiopia, as well as any other important message about the eVisa status, and a credit or debit card to pay for the processing fee.
Ethiopia Visa Application for Japanese Citizens
Japanese nationals will only need to invest 10 minutes to complete the Ethiopian eVisa application form, which only contains basic questions regarding Japanese applicants’ personal information, passport data, and other health-related and security-related queries.
Some of the questions included in the online form are:
- Name and surname
- Place of birth
- Current address in Japan
As part of the security questions, applicants of Japan will be asked for any criminal record or criminal behavior. This information is only useful for local authorities to protect the Ethiopian society.
After answering all the questions, the online form will connect to the payment procedure so Japanese applicants can pay the processing fee. A credit or debit card can be used to complete this step.
Once the payment has been completed, the application is processed and, if everything is correct, the approval eVisa is sent and attached in an email to the Japanese applicant’s email registered.
The eVisa to Ethiopia must be printed together with a copy of the passport and showed to the border authorities the day of arrival.
How long does it take to get a visa for Ethiopia as Japanese?
The eVisa to Ethiopia is sent to the applicants between 24 hours to 72 hours. The eVisa is regulated by the Ethiopian government, which has to study the different applications and decide the approval or rejection of the electronic document.
If an eVisa to Ethiopia is rejected, it is sent an email informing about it.
Japanese must consider the date of the travel permit expiration, as it is forbidden to overstay an Ethiopia eVisa, which means doing so has legal consequences.
Even though an eVisa takes no more than 3 days to be approved, we recommend starting the application process at least one week in advance of the trip.
How to Prepare for a Trip to Ethiopia From Japan
Ethiopia has a lot of tourist points that are quite different from the ones in Japanese culture. Ethiopia has diverse national parks and historic sites, for instance, which are highly recommended to the citizens of Japan who visit the country.
The connections with internal flights in Ethiopia are common, although there are also Ethiopian train rails available that can facilitate the movement from one city or town to another.and they have train rails, too. Both are good options for discovering the country.
As Ethiopia has a lot to do, it is a good idea for Japanese travelers to plan the tour trip in advance, as well as to choose when is the best time to traveling to Ethiopia, avoiding the wet season.