Since June 2018, citizens of almost all countries including Malaysia need to apply for an online travel authorization, commonly referred to as Ethiopia’s eVisa, if they wish to enter Ethiopia for either tourism or business. The only two countries whose nationals can travel to Ethiopia visa-free are Kenya and Djibouti.
Applying for an Ethiopia electronic visa is simple and can be done entirely online. There is no need to visit or contact an Ethiopian embassy or consulate prior to travel, or to queue at the border to obtain a visa.
Read on to learn more about all the necessary information about traveling to Ethiopia, including eVisa requirements as Malaysian, details about the application process, and safety and security advice when entering Ethiopia.
What Visa Do I Need to Visit Ethiopia From Malaysia?
Malaysian passport holders can apply for one of the two types of visas before traveling to Ethiopia: tourist electronic visa and business online visa.
The Ethiopia tourist visa is an electronic travel authorization that allows travelers from Malaysia to enter the country for touristic purposes. The tourist visa is valid for a single entry only.
Malaysian travelers who wish to leave the country and re-enter it before the visa expires must apply for a new one. There is no limit as to the number of times Malaysian citizens can enter Ethiopia in one year, provided that they obtain an eVisa for each entry.
A visa extension for up to 30 days can be requested at the Head Office of The Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa. Malaysian citizens need to meet Ethiopia’s online visa requirements when requesting the extension. Staying in the country beyond the validity of the Ethiopian visa or beyond the extension period is illegal and can lead to fines and legal penalties.
The Ethiopia business visa is available for Malaysian visitors who wish to enter the country for business purposes, whether it is paid or voluntary work. Several types of business visas are available including conference visas, investment visas, and journalist visas.
What Documents Do Malaysian Nationals Need to Get an Ethiopian Visa?
To obtain an Ethiopia visa from Malaysia, travelers must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry that has two or more blank pages left for the stamps.
Furthermore, applicants must have a valid credit or debit card to pay the eVisa processing fee online, and an active email address to which the visa confirmation will be sent. This email address is also used for all correspondence relative to the eVisa. It is, therefore, important that the address provided is correct.
Ethiopia’s visa requirements for Malaysian citizens also make it mandatory to provide a yellow fever certificate, depending on the countries the traveler visited or transited recently.
Finally, the supporting documentation can be provided after the application has been approved. This documentation includes a copy of the biographical page of the Malaysian passport and a recent passport-style color photo.
Ethiopian eVisa Processing Time for Malaysians
An electronic visa application for Malaysia is usually processed within 24 hours after submitting the application form.
In certain circumstances, processing an Ethiopia visa for Malaysian nationals may take up to 72 hours. It is, therefore, important to apply for an Ethiopia eVisa several days in advance to allow enough time for any delays before traveling.
How Can Malaysian Travelers Apply for an Ethiopian Online Visa?
Applying for an Ethiopia tourist visa for Malaysian citizens can be done online in a matter of minutes. Candidates are not required to reside in Malaysia at the time of applying for an Ethiopia eVisa.
The application form to obtain an Ethiopian eVisa can be accessed online.
Travelers are asked to provide the following personal and passport information during the online application:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- City and country of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Contact information
- Country of issue of the passport
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
The applicants will also have to state whether they would like to obtain a visa valid for 30 or 90 days. Please note that the visa validity is counted from the entry day to Ethiopia.
After paying the online fee through a secure payment system, the candidate from Malaysia can submit the application and wait for the visa approval.
The information provided on the application for an Ethiopia visa for Malaysian citizens is screened by the Ethiopian authorities. It is important to make sure that the submitted information is correct and up to date in order to avoid delays in visa processing.
All Ethiopia eVisa holders are required to enter the country via Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Entering from other ports of entry is not permitted.
Travelers of some nationalities are eligible to obtain an Ethiopia visa on arrival, however, Malaysian passport holders are not among them.