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Business Visa  |  Ethiopia


Visa Requirements


::    Passport valid for six months on exit

::    Two blank visa pages in passport 

::    Colour photocopy of passport information page

::    One recent passport photograph

Please write your name on the reverse of the photograph in block capital letters, then attach it to the application form with a paper clip – do not use glue or staples.

::    Completed application form

The application form must be completed in blue or black ink, using block capital letters. Please also ensure you answer all of the required questions; failure to do so may result in your application being rejected. Once the form is completed and signed, please submit both the original and a good-quality photocopy.

::    Proof of residence

Non-UK passport holders must submit an original, valid UK residence card/permit, or have proof of residence in their passport.

EU nationals should instead provide a utility or council tax bill showing their current UK address OR a letter from their employer or school. Bank statements will not be accepted as proof of residence.

::    Proof of travel

This must be provided as a copy of your onward or return flight ticket. Please do not submit the original ticket, as the embassy cannot take responsibility for any items lost in transit.

::    Business introduction letter

The letter of introduction from your UK employer must be an original document on company letterhead, addressed to the embassy. It should note duration and purpose of travel, and provide details of companies or organisations to be visited in Ethiopia. The letter must be signed by an authorised individual and should also confirm acceptance of moral and financial responsibility for your trip.

Please submit both the original letter, and a good-quality photocopy.

::    Letter of invitation

The letter of invitation must be an original document on company letterhead, from a business or organisation in Ethiopia. It should include the signature of the inviting party, along with full contact details, as well as the applicant’s full name. The letter must note the type and duration of visa required, and accept immigration responsibility for the applicant.

Please submit both the original letter, and a good-quality photocopy.

::    Immigration approval 

Your host or sponsor must submit a formal application letter to the the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs office in Addis Ababa. This should include your personal details (name, passport number, etc..) and note the purpose and duration of your visit to Ethiopia. The immigration office will supply an approval form, a copy of which must be submitted with your application. 



Additional Information


Visas are valid from the date of issue, rather than the date of travel. Please note, visa fee and validity may vary depending on the nature of your business in Ethiopia.

The embassy advises that visa applications are submitted at least two weeks before your planned departure date.

Citizens of Djibouti and Kenya do not require a visa to visit Ethiopia.

The embassy reserves the right to request additional documents in support of your visa application, and to alter or increase fees without prior notice.

No refund will be given if your visa is cancelled or rejected by the embassy.

Visa and Service Fees


Please note, all fees are charged per individual traveller. Service and processing fees are exclusive of VAT, which will be added at the point of invoice. The total price of your order will depend on the product and the processing service you select. Visa fees are subject to change with no prior notice. Please contact us before placing your order if you require further information.




(from 3 working days)

Single entry visa (1 month): £24 – £48

Single entry visa (3 months): £32 – £56

Multiple entry visa (3 months): £32 – £72

Handling fee:  £80


NB. The visa fee charged will depend on the nature of business/purpose of visit, as detailed in your formal application and invitation letters.



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