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Important points about visa issuance

         1. Ethiopian Missions which issue tourist and business visas are meant Ethiopian Embassies, Permanent Missions & Consulate Generals. Besides, Ethiopian Honorary Consulates authorized to issue visas by the government can provide the same service.
         2. Since the main concern of this visa regulation is to time and place vis-à-vis the issuance of visas, regular procedures like clearing bans and other similar activities remain intact.
         3. Unless with difficulties or to those whose visa requests should be delayed for security reasons, Ethiopian Missions should entertain visa requests within 24 hours.
         4. It is important to inform foreign nationals who enter Ethiopia securing the necessary visa to submit their visa extension request, if they need so, to the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs by establishing sufficient cause and evidence.
         5. It is of the utmost importance to inform all airliners flying to Ethiopia, except foreign nationals who have Ethiopian resident permit, not to board foreign passengers who wish to travel to Ethiopia without visa if the passengers do not possess a round trip ticket.
         6. This visa regulation does not nullify all other bilateral visa agreements that Ethiopia concluded with other countries & international organizations.
         7. This visa regulation does not nullify previous regulations that demand procedures to be fulfilled while issuing visas to Eritrean nationals and naturalized Eritreans. Hence Airliners flying to Ethiopia before boarding or issuing tickets should verify & confirm that their clients have possessed valid Ethiopian visa, if their passport reveals that they have Eritrean origin or blood, although they are from tourist generating countries.
         8. Entry visas are issued by Ethiopian Missions for foreign nationals who are coming to Ethiopia to take their assignments in Diplomatic Missions, and for those who are recruited to start their job in International or Regional Organizations etc. resident in Ethiopia depending on the note verbal written by their respective Foreign Offices/ International or Regional Organizations
         9. Tour operators who intend to organize and bring tourists in group can submit their visa request to the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, and the latter can arrange them visa at Bole international airport. Tour operators who intend to organize and bring tourists in group can submit their visa request to the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, and the latter can arrange them visa at Bole international airport.
        10. All tourists should possess sufficient foreign currency that would help them to stay in the country. Not less than 100 USD/hundred American dollars/and two passport size photographs are needed to process business/tourist visa requests upon arrival.
        11. To facilitate visa issuance upon arrival, Ethiopian Main Department for Immigration and Nationally Affairs will prepare and load visa application form on appropriate websites to be communicated latter. Therefore, passengers are advised to browse the would be website, fill in the visa application form and submit it to the Immigration Officer at Bole International Airport.
        12. The following are considered to betourist-generating countries.
               1. Argentina
               2. Australia
               3. Austria
               4. Belgium
               5. Brazil
               6. Canada
               7. China
               8. Denmark
               9. Finland
              10. France
              11. Germany
              12. Greece
              13. Ireland
              14. Israel
              15. Italy
              16. Japan
              17. Korea Republic
              18. Kuwait
              19. Luxembourg
              20. Mexico
              21. Netherlands
              22. New Zealand
              23. Norway
              24. Poland
              25. Portugal
              26. Russian Federation
              27. South Africa
              28. Spain
              29. Sweden
              30. Switzerland
              31. Thailand
              32. United Kingdom
              33. United States

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