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Ethiopia - Apply for Emergency Travel Certificate

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Emergency Travel Documents shall be issued to persons who are not Ethiopian nationals, to those others who are unable to obtain or renew their national passports and to recognized political refugees in Ethiopia.The Emergency travel certificate is issued to enable them return to Ethiopia. It is usually issued for a one-way journey to Ethiopia only and must be surrendered to the Immigration authorities at the port of entry.


It is applicable to Ethiopian who lose their passports while abroad or whose passports have expired.

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Must be bonafide Ethiopian citizen

Required Information

  • Full names
  • Date of birth
  • Validity proof for example ID Card, Driving license, Birth certificate
  • Four passport sized colored photos
  • Finger prints
  • Citizenship
  • Address
  • Full Details of your Contacts


  1. Obtain a Police Report from the relevant Police Authority where the e-passport got lost.
  2. Report the loss of your e-passport to the Immigration Office.
  3. Submit a written formal report to the Ethiopian Embassy concerning the lost e-passport.
  4. A copy of the Police Report, resident permit and lost passport should be attached.
  5. Replace the lost passport by contacting relevant Ethiopian Embassies that can replace the lost passport. For more information about what documents to submit, relevant passport fees and interview dates, contact the relevant Embassy directly.
  • After getting required information from the issuing Embassy, apply for the e-passport through the Ethiopian Immigration website.
  • A letter of introduction will be issued by the Ethiopian Embassy to assist you obtain the new e- passport. The original copy of this letter should be presented directly to the Ethiopian Embassy where you are applying for the e-passport.
  • Appear at the chosen Ethiopian Embassy on the date given to you. Please ensure you take along with you all the relevant documents needed for the new e-passport.
  • You should ask for required information from the Ethiopian Embassy issuing the new e-passport before traveling to avoid any delays.
  • During the processing of the passport, ensure that your personal information collected by the passport officer is correct.
  • During the collection of the passport , also ensure that your personal details appear as it should be on the new passport.
  • If there is any mistake, notify the passport officer for rectification before you leave the Embassy or Immigration office

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Required Documents

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Police report
  • Return Ticket to Ethiopian .


  • Emergency Travel Certificate - $100 fee (non-refundable)


Valid for 2-3 weeks

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Processing Time

Processing takes 2-5 days

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PO Box 393, Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251115517345


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