Travel Tip

Visa Requirements

Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas. However, nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes:

 

Argentina,

Australia,

Austria,

Belgium,

Brazil,

Canada,

Denmark,

Finland,

France,

Germany,

Greek,

Ireland,

Israel,

Italy,

Japan,

Republic of Korea,

Kuwait,

Luxembourg,

Mexico,

Netherlands,

New Zealand,

Norway,

Poland

Portugal,

Russian Federation,

South Africa,

Spain,

Sweden,

Switzerland,

Thailand,

citizens of UK

United States

For China including passports issued in Hong Kong (SAR China) and MACAO (SAR China), visa is available on arrival.

 

Health Requirements

Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against Cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area with six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.

Currency

The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr (ETB), made up of 100 cents. Birr notes are available in dominations of 5, 10, 50 and 100. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency but this must be declared on arrival to the customs Authorities blue-colored form. Foreign currency may only be exchanged at authorized banks & hotels, and a receipt must be obtained. The currency declaration form must be obtained at this will be required by customs on departure. Visitors may change back any surplus Ethiopian Birr to cash at the airport before departure. In addition to any Ethiopian Birr, along with the currency exchange form you must bring with you all receipts for exchange transactions.

Customs

Duty free imports are permitted for up to:

  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or ½ Ib of tobacco
  • 2 liters of alcoholic beverages
  • Half- liter or two bottle of perfume

Visitors may export souvenirs, although some articles (such as animal’s skin & antiques) require an export permit.