Travel Tips

  • Tourist visa, which is valid for up to 3 months) can be issued on arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport to nationals of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America. For more information you can visit evisa.gov.et. Please use only this site as there are other fraudulent websites claiming evisa services for Ethiopia. Please do not make any payments to these websites. The only website is the one mentioned above.
  • Citizens of Kenya and Djibouti can enter without visa.
  • It takes at least 3 days to process your evisa application.
  • Citizens of all countries can apply for evisa.
  • The government of Ethiopia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever virus transmission and ≥9 months of age, including transit >12 hours in an airport located in a country with risk of yellow fever virus transmission.
  • Please visit who.int/ith/en/index.html to see a list of countries with yellow fever risks.

Duty free imports are permitted for up to

    1. 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco
    2. 2 liters of alcoholic beverages
    3. Half a liter of perfume
    4. Souvenirs (by visitors) with a value not exceeding 500 birr or about 17 USD depending on exchange rate.
  • Ethiopian currency is called Birr.
  • It is illegal to carry more than 200 Birr when entering or departing Ethiopia.
  • Any cash, checks or promissory notes exceeding the amount of USD 3000 or its equivalent must be declared to customs officials at point of customs crossing point (entry). Ethiopian customs rules also limit the amount of precious metals or minerals imported or oxported for personal use to
      1. 100 grams of gold and other precious metals
      2. 30 grams for precious stones
      3. 100 grams for semi-precisous stones
  • 220V 50 cycles AC. Plugs are European two-pin.
  • If traveling from the US, it is advisable to purchase adapters.

Please visit https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home. This is the only website that can be used for evisa purposes to Ethiopia. All other sites are fraudulent.

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