Business Visa


Business Visa

If you wish to travel to Ethiopia to undertake business or any work, including voluntary work, you will require a business visa.

Business visa applications can be made online or via post or courier service. Business visas cannot be obtained on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, unless under special circumstances which must be arranged for in advance by the Embassy or inviting organization.

The inviting organization or sponsor must submit a formal application letter to the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs office in Addis Ababa, with details of the applicant’s purpose of visit, passport details, duration of stay, etc.

Once your application has been approved by the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs office, you may proceed with the following steps.

  • Please do not submit your application to the Embassy without prior approval from the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs office.
  • We cannot guarantee that a visa will be issued by a specific date, so please do not make final travel plans, including purchasing tickets, until your application has been fully processed and you have received a valid visa.

Types of Business Visas

  • Investment
  • Government
  • Organization
  • Regional and International Organization
  • Private Enterprise
  • Conference

Apply for your visa online

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Acceptable payment methods: Money Order or Certified Check ONLY. Any means other than those stated, cannot be accepted. The processing fee is non-refundable.

Additional Resource

Download the PDF version of the Visa Application Form here.  You must complete two copies of the Visa application form.

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Questions And Answers

An appointment is not required. Please submit your application at any time during the Consular working hours.
As visas are valid from the date of issue, we recommend that you apply for a visa nearer towards the time of arrival. Business visa applicants are required to obtain approval from the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs prior to applying for a visa at the Embassy. Please allow at least 21 days.
We only accept cash, bankers draft and postal orders. Please review the Table of Fees (link to fees table) for further information.