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Ethiopia - Apply for a Diplomatic Visa

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With the exception of a Head of State or Government of Ethiopia who qualifies for an Diplomatic visa regardless of the purpose of his or her visit to the Foreign country, the type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon his or her reason for entering Ethiopia.

To qualify for the diplomatic visa, the individual concerned must be traveling to the Ethiopia on behalf of his or her national government to engage solely in official activities for that government. The fact that there may be government interest or control in a given organization is not, in itself, the defining factor in determining whether the applicant qualifies for an Diplomatic visa; the particular duties or services to be performed must also be of an inherently governmental character or nature. Local government officials representing their state, province, borough, or other local political entity do not qualify for a diplomatic visa.


  • Visiting Heads of States and their families
  • Top officials of Government and their families
  • Diplomats and their families
  • Holders of United Nations Diplomatic Passport and Laisser passez
  • members of accredited Diplomatic Missions
  • members of International organizations
  • members of accredited International non governmental organizations

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The individual concerned must be traveling to Ethiopia on behalf of his or her national government to engage solely in official activities for that government. other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the Foreign country. There are very specific requirements which must be met by applicants in order to qualify for Diplomatic visa.

Required Information

A valid passport which at least has 6 month validity

  • One Clear Coloured photo
  • Application letter to the passport ,Immigration and national Authority in the ministry of interior
  • Completed application form
  • Completed application form
  • Signed CV of applicant


Please review the following THREE STEPS below before beginning your Diplomatic visa application.

Step 1: Complete the online Application. online visa form at

Step 2: Gather additional required documents

Step 3: Applying for the visa

The applications should be sent directly to the Embassy with a diplomatic note through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Reminder: It is recommended that individuals apply for Diplomatic visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non refundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you are in receipt of the passport.

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Required Documents

  • Valid standard, official or diplomatic passports
  • Note Verbale Obtainable from Ethiopia Missions abroad


Free of Charge There are no fees for official visas. Applications can be submitted any work day between 2:30 – 3:30 PM. Do not pay an MRV visa application fees. .


  • Valid for 90 Days

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Processing Time

Visa processing usually is done in a day, depending on the nature of agency

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


Embassy of the United States - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Street Address:

Entoto Street P.O. Box 1014 Addis Ababa




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

Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA),

Kazanchis, Kirkos Kifle Ketema, Kebele 18

Tel: +251 115 537971

Fax: +251-11-551-8396

You can visit the following link for various embassies.

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