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Ethiopia - Apply for Travel Insurance

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With a little forward planning, you can protect your health when traveling and avoid unexpected medical bills. Travel insurance covers medical expenses and financial losses while traveling, such as loss of luggage, non-refundable per-payments, trip cancellation fees, loss incurred as a result of bankruptcy of tour provider, theft of or damage to personal possessions including money, travel documents and passports, accidental death, and emergency evacuation/repatriation.


An foreigner wishing to travel Ethiopia must buy travel insurance to cover all their needs whilst traveling in Ethiopia.

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Any foreigner is strongly advised to insure his/her self against any possible risk and ensure that all his /her property are in possession of valid travel insurance for the entire duration of his/ her stay in Ethiopia.

Required Information

  • Visitors are required to provide biometric data in order to obtain travel insurance and then a visa to travel to Ethiopia.
  • One completed visa application form.
  • Four recent passport-size photos
  • Visa authorization telex/invitation with reference number from Ethiopia or travel agent Proof that you are sponsored which will help to organize the issue of the Travelers insurance visa.


You are required to get the application form from the insurance office nearest to you across the country, or even at the nearest Ethiopian embassy or even consulate.

  • Fill in the application form with all the detailed information.
  • Along with the application form, submit all the necessary documents.
  • Upon review and approval of the submitted documents, the responsible office will issue a payment draft which you will take to the bank and pay the required amount in addition to the bank charge
  • This will be followed by presenting the bank receipts and upon verification of the payment, you will be told when to go and pick your Travel insurance certificate depending on the numbers of the days given.

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Required Documents

  • Full name
  • 3 recent, colored photographs of size 3x4 cm with white background and your name at the back of the photograph
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Valid identity proof
  • Address


The cost of Travel insurance optional covers varies from one provider to another.


Valid For 1 year

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Processing Time

Between seven (7) to ten (14) business days.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

PO Box 393, Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251115517345, 514300


Ministry of Culture and Tourism

PO Box 1364, Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251115527582

Tel: 00251115512889


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