Visa & Customs


Visa and other entry requirements can and do change from time to time. Our 'Before You Travel Guide' includes links to resources where you can check exact requirements. In general, it is not a problem to enter Ethiopia for visitors from most EU member states, UK or US.

Most citizens are able to receive their visa with entry at the airport in Addis Ababa (50 US$) or at the Ethiopian Embassy of your home country on presentation of a passport valid for at least 6 months. Waiting times at the airport or embassies can be very long and getting an e-visa is the preferable way. Apply easily under:


Due to strict customs regulations, it may cause problems at the airport to carry more than the usual basic electronic devices, especially if they are new. Import tax payment may be required. Exporting souvenirs imitating historic artifacts have to be approved not original by the National Museum in Addis Ababa. If not they can be confiscated at the airport before leaving Ethiopia. Keep your receipts.

Photo & video equipment

Professional or high-standard video & photo equipment is difficult to be brought into Ethiopia. An official permission letter can be expensive and needs the support of a travel agency to organize it for you.