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Ethiopia - Apply For Free Zone Entry Visa

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Introduction

Free Entry visa is granted at a immigration office and Visa is not required to countries that have no immigration control.This is obtainable at most international ports of entry and at most international land border crossings. This is distinct from not requiring a visa at all,as the visitor must still obtain the visa before they can even try to pass through immigration at the port of entry in Ethiopia.

Eligibility

Any visitor to Ethiopia who is under countries that have an agreement with Ethiopia who were granted visa-free entry or under any other conditions can apply for a free Entry visa on arrival.

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Instructions

  • Carry a genuine passport/travel document with validity beyond one year.
  • On arrival fill in arrival declaration cards on arrival
  • Comply with other immigration formalities including the provision of required biometric information.
  • Immigration authorities at the port of arrival reserve the right of admission.
  • A visitor pass for a specific duration is granted by the Immigration authorities on arrival to permit the holder stay in the country for the period granted in the pass.
  • Arriving visitors should not carry or convey substances or goods prohibited by customs.
  • Visitors should not overstay their visitors pass otherwise they will be subjected to a fine of U$ 50 per day and other appropriate legal action including prosecution and deportation.
  • Engagement in employment on basis of visitors pass is strictly prohibited. Offenders are prosecuted.
  • Dependents must also apply in their own right.
  • Entry should be made only through the country’s gazetted ports of entry/exit.
  • All visitors must comply with immigration legislation and other national laws of the country during their stay in Ethiopia.

Required Information

Expatriate must provide the following in support of the application:

  • Letter of introduction from relevant Free Zone Authority
  • Letter of Offer of Employment from licensed Free Zone company
  • Relevant credentials
  • Valid International Passport (must possess a minimum of 6 months validity)
  • Duly completed and signed printout of online Entry Visa application
  • Evidence of Online payment
  • Two (2) passport photographs


Procedure

Apply online

Visit the Home page of Ethiopian Immigration Portal on this website:http://www.immigration.gov.et

  • Locate & click on the appropriate application form to start the process:
  • Entry Visa/Freezone Application Form
  • Fill the Application form; check the 'I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM' check box.
  • Click on 'Submit Application' button to view ‘Applicant details page’
  • Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”
  • Click to select Payment Currency “Pay in ” option then Click on ‘Continue’ button
Apply Manually
  • Reach the airport;
  • Fill in the application form;
  • Present all the necessary documents;
  • Make payment; and
  • Get a visa
Applicant must provide the following in support of the application
  • Letter of Application from company on behalf of expatriate to Free Zone Authority indicating acceptance of Immigration Responsibility
  • Duly completed Application Form
  • Photocopy of ID Card (where applicable)


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Required Documents

  • Passport
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of the Air ticket

Fees

Applicable Fees
  • USD 50 for single categories of re-entry visa
  • USD 100 for multiple category of re-entry visa

If you select a processing country other than Ethiopia, your payment must be in US Dollars.

Validity

A free zone Entry Visa is valid for three years

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Processing Time

The process takes about 3 days to an hour.

Office Locations & Contacts

1.Go to any embassy, consulate office or high commission of Ethiopia in your country of origin.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PO Box 393, Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251115517345, 514300

E-mail: mfa.addis@telecom.net.et

http://www.ethiopianmission.ch/assets/pdf/ministriescontact.pdf

http://www.ethiopia.gov.et/businessreg


Embassy of the United States - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Street Address:

Entoto Street P.O. Box 1014 Addis Ababa

Telephone:+251-111-306000

Fax:+251-11-124-24-35

URL:http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/service.html

Email:consacs@state.gov

Opening Hours

Open Monday through Thursday for routine services by appointment only Hours: 1 pm to 3:30 pm, Monday – Thursday. The Embassy is closed for certain Ethiopian and American public holidays.


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Embassy)

Entoto Avenue

P.O. Box 1014

Addis Ababa

Tel: 251-1-174000, 251-1-550660

Fax: 251-1-551328

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External Links

http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html

http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov/non-immigrant_visas/notice2.html

http://www.immigration.gov.et/opas/en-us/FAQ/tabid/93/faqid/1/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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