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Ethiopia - Apply for a Transit Visa

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The transit visa is given to visitors who are only in Ethiopia for en route to an overseas destination or those connecting to a further destinations; The processing time For passengers whose connecting flight is over 8 and up to 24 hours may need a transit Visa. Various flights make connections via Ethiopia and this may necessitate this transit visa. However, citizens from most ECOWAS countries will not require the transit visa when making a connection via Ethiopia.


Any visitor transiting or crossing Ethiopia from border to border along the coast for a period of over 8 and up to 24 hours need a transit visa.

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The passport must be valid for at least six months when you leave Ethiopia.

The passport must contain at least two blank pages.

Required Information

To apply for a transit visa, you must show
  • Intent to pass in immediate and continuous transit through Ethiopia.
  • A common carrier ticket or other evidence of transportation arrangements to your destination.
  • Sufficient funds to carry out the purpose of your transit journey.
  • Permission to enter another country upon departure from the Ethiopia.
  • The purpose of your trip is to enter the Ethiopia solely for transit purposes.
  • You do not intend to be paid by any source while in Ethiopia, unless you have been granted proper approval for a temporary work visa.
  • You plan to stay for a specific, limited period of time.

You have evidence of funds to cover all expenses while in the Ethiopia.


The first step is to complete the appropriate visa application form. Most countries provide only one visa application for all types of visas even Ethiopia does the same. Others have a specific application for each type.

Some application forms need to be downloaded and printed while others are in electronic format. You need to follow the directions provided by the consular services at your home embassy or country of origin.

At times it might require for a completion of a supplemental visa application in order to provide more detailed information about your travel plans.

A current, valid passport must be presented as well.The Ethiopian Government require that your passport has a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the in the transit.

Finally, a current photograph must be sent in along with the application. You may also be asked to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in the transit.

You could be asked to provide evidence of permanent residence. This is generally established by evidence of family, professional, property, employment or other ties and commitments that will prove that you are not a wrong person. The application process may include a personal interview at the embassy consular section.

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Required Documents

To apply, please you need to provide the following
  • A clear scanned copy of your passport's bio data page (the page with your photo).
  • Your profession.
  • Estimated dates of arrival and departure.

Passport: Please make sure your passport meets the following legal requirements:

  • The passport must be valid for at least six months when you leave Ethiopia.
  • The passport must contain at least two blank pages.
  • Current proof of income, tax payments, property or business ownership, or assets.
  • A letter from your employer detailing your position, salary, how long you have been employed, any authorized vacation and the business purpose, if any, of your Ethiopia trip.
  • Where appropriate, an itinerary and/or other information about your planned trip. (This can be tentative.)
  • Bank statements or other evidence of liquid assets that indicate the balance in your accounts and account activity.
  • International certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever.


The cost to get a transit visa in Ethiopia varies from country to country where you are coming from and where you are going.

Before the fee for a transit visa was the same as that of a tourist or business visa. Ethiopia is among those countries that charge a different fee for each type of visa. Fees can range from $30 to hundreds of Dollars depending on the country to which you are coming from and applying.


The transit visa is valid for 10 days

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Processing Time

Ethiopian visas are usually processed in 5 to 10 business days Rush or Emergency visa service may be available for additional fees. Please visit “Ethiopian Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options” link for details.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Culture and Tourism

PO Box 1364, Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: 00251115527582

Tel: 00251115512889

Immigration and Refugee Affairs Authority

P.O. Box 5741 Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Telephone: (+251-11) 1553899

If not in Ethiopia, visit any embassy or consulate office of Ethiopia in your country of residence

Applicants from any state from US

Travisa - Los Angeles

6222 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 210

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tel: (323) 932-7300

Fax: (323) 784-3818

Travisa - Washington, DC

1731 21st. St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

Tel: (202) 463-6166

Fax: (202) 293-1112

Applicants from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York

Travisa - New York

290 5th Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Tel: (212) 613-2223

Fax: (212) 613-2287

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