Journalist Visa

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journalist Visa

If you are a journalist, filmmaker, photographer or media professional commissioned to travel to Ethiopia to report on a given situation or story, you will require a journalist visa.

If you are unsure if you need this kind of visa, please contact the Public Diplomacy Department. But first, have a look at the FAQs page to see if any of the questions apply to you.

  • Please be aware that we can only take applications from Canadian residents only. Non-Canadian  passport holders will be required to provide proof of residence. If your team is multinational, you will need to apply separately through the Embassy where the team member is resident.
  • We recommend that you submit your application to the Embassy at least 21 days in advance of your proposed trip to Ethiopia. Some applications, however, may take longer to process.
  • Visa issuance is not guaranteed. We therefore advise not to make final travel plans until you have received confirmation that your permit and visa has been approved.

Apply for your visa online

Apply for Ethiopian visa on evisa.gov.et

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.

The application letter, addressed to the “Public Diplomacy and Communications Department, Embassy of Ethiopia“, must be on headed paper and signed, detailing:

The purpose of trip, proposed dates of travel, locations and some background information about the report or program;

Details of the travelling journalist(s)/crew (full name, passport number, nationality and role);

Background information about the media organisation, production company or individual

The purpose of trip, proposed dates of travel, locations and some background information about the report or program;

Details of the travelling journalist(s)/crew (full name, passport number, nationality and role);

Background information about the media organisation, production company or individual

A list of all equipment being taken into Ethiopia, including serial numbers

For film crews, the letter should be accompanied by the title (working title) of the film, a script or synopsis, film locations and a statement of production costs

If you have been commissioned by a third party or a charity/NGO, you must also submit supporting letters from the company involved.

If you are working with any organisation/company in Ethiopia, you must also submit a signed invitation letter from them.

If you are a freelance journalist, you are required to submit a resume of your work.

  • If you plan on taking films or photos from a plane or helicopter, permission must be sought in advance from the Civil Aviation Authority. You must state this in your application letter.

 

Additional supporting documents may be requested at the Embassy’s discretion.