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 do not need to apply for a visa for a period of up to 1 year (Kenyans) and up to 3 months (Djiboutians).
Instead of having to wait in long queues at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to get a visa on arrival, Swedish citizens can apply for and obtain electronic visas (eVisas) online for Ethiopia.
*Note: An Ethiopia eVisa is an electronic travel authorization. It has the same function as a standard visa but this type of visa eliminates the need to physically go to a consulate or embassy or even wait in line at the airport or at the border for a visa. Applicants can apply for and obtain an Ethiopia eVisa while still in your home country.
Applying for an Ethiopia tourist visa for Swedish citizens online is much quicker and simpler with the online application form process.
Do Swedish Citizens Need a Visa for Ethiopia?
Yes, Swedish citizens must have a valid visa in order to enter Ethiopia. However, applying for an Ethiopian visa as a Swedish citizen is not difficult.
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 Swedish citizens. The relations between Sweden and Ethiopia are strong and continuously reinforced by various political consultations as well as bilateral agreements. Nevertheless, prior to making an Ethiopian visa application, you must first hold a valid passport of at least 6 months, counting from the day of your planned arrival in Ethiopia.
The single-entry visa will expire after the given period of validity, and Swedish citizens who wish to visit Ethiopia once more will have to apply for a visa again.
Should you wish to extend your visa while still in Ethiopia, applicants can request to extend their visa at the Main Immigration and Nationality Affairs Office in Addis Ababa at least a week prior to their current visa expiry date. However, you can apply online for a new eVisa while still in Ethiopia. In the case of overstaying your visa, you will have to pay a fine in full before leaving Ethiopia or may even risk imprisonment.
Applicants who require a multiple-entry visa must go through the conventional method by going directly to the nearest Ethiopian embassy or consulate after having set up an appointment first.
For Swedish citizens transiting through Ethiopia, no visa is required.
Swedish citizens who are holders of service or diplomatic passports can enter Ethiopia visa-free for a period of up to 3 months.
Ethiopia visa requirements for Swedish citizens are listed below.
Documents required to obtain the Ethiopian visa for Swedish citizens
To successfully apply for an Ethiopian eVisa, you must meet all visa requirements.
The complete list of documents for an Ethiopian tourist visa for Swedish citizens includes:
- Valid passport (6 months from the date of intended entry)
- A recent passport size digital photo in color
- A scanned copy of your passport bio page
- Submit an online application form with the correct details
- Credit card or debit card for visa fee payment
*Note: Residents of Sweden must also provide a valid residence permit in Sweden. Swedish Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are also accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Ethiopia.
Important things to keep in mind
- It’s illegal to carry over 1000 Ethiopian birr when entering or leaving the country
- You must declare any cash in excess of $3,000 or the equivalent in local currency to customs officials
When visiting Ethiopia on a tourist visa:
- You cannot take up any kind of employment, voluntary employment included
- You cannot change your immigration status
*Note: If you need emergency help from the Swedish Government when abroad, please contact the nearest Swedish embassy or consulate.
Information regarding minors
It is possible for minors, aged 14 or under, 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.
As a general rule, those over the age of 18 need appropriate documents in order to be able to travel abroad on their own.
This 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
How Long Does It Take to Get a Visa for Ethiopia from Sweden?
Usually, your visa will get approved within 1 up to 3 business days (24-72 hours). You can keep track of your visa processing procedure online. After submitting all the required documents and information, the Ethiopian authorities will go through a thorough screening of the application, documents, and fee payment.
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. The process may take longer on rare occasions of application errors or inaccuracies.
When applying for an Ethiopian visa from Sweden, all information will be communicated via the email address provided in the application form. Once the eVisa has been approved and emailed to the applicant, it should be printed off ready for traveling to Ethiopia. Not only should it be presented at border control but it is recommendable to keep it on your person throughout your stay in Ethiopia.
*Note: e-Visa application fees are non-refundable in case of rejection or not being used!
Ethiopian Visa Application for Swedish Citizens
The Ethiopian visa application for Swedish citizens only takes a few minutes to complete. 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.
It’s essential to double-check all information provided on your Ethiopia visa application form, as any inaccuracies or errors can result in delay or rejection of your electronic tourist visa to Ethiopia.
Swedish citizens should present their printed copy of the Ethiopian e-visa sent to their email address at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport—the only currently-permitted point of entry for eVisas.
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.
*Note: Your eVisa validity starts from the day you enter Ethiopia, not the date of issue. You provide your passport to Ethiopian Customs for the purpose of validating your eVisa.