What you need to know
Here you find all the information you need to best decide and plan your trip to Ethiopia. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All visitors, except Kenya and Djibouti nationals, are required to obtain entry visas. Citizens of all countries in the globe are eligible for tourist visa provided that all requirements are fulfilled.
Tourist can apply here for an electronic single-entry visa issued by the Ethiopian Government for visitors who wish to travel to the country for tourism or other non-business-related purposes only.
Copy of the following documents is mandatory: recent passport-size photo of the applicant + passport of the visa applicant which is valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of entry to Ethiopia.
Under normal circumstances, the processing time for a Tourist Visa is 3 days. So, travelers should submit their application at least 3 days before their estimated date of arrival.
As of January 2024, the fees for visa is US$ 82 for 30 days Tourist Visa and US$ 202 for 90 days Tourist Visa.
The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, made up of 100 cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 200 birr. There are five different coins: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 cents.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency imported into Ethiopia, but it must be declared on arrival, using a currency declaration form. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized banks and hotels.
The currency declaration form will be required by Customs on departure. Visitors may change back any excess birr into foreign currency at the airport before departure, but you must, in addition to the currency declaration form, bring with you all receipts for exchange transactions.
Ethiopia uses 220 volts and 50 Hz. It is best to bring your own round, two-prong adapter and transformer if necessary.