The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has finalized preparations of the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 12, 2017.
The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online.
Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, said this was part of a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector in the country.
The full commencement of the Online Visa application and issuance system will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country.
It will save time, energy and cost for travelers to Ethiopia in addition to the simplicity and convenience that it facilitates.
He thanked the Main Department for Immigration & Nationality Affairs for the commendable collaboration and a job well done.
Gebreyohannes Teklu, Director of the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, said: “Now international visitors to Ethiopia, from countries provisioned for visa upon arrival, can make use of this service.” He added that there were separate counters to process the visas of travelers under electronic travel authorization.