Visa Application Instructions

1. Documents to Submit

  • Visa application form done in one copy (click on the visa application forms on the top left of the screen to down load)
  • One recent passport-size photograph of the applicant
  • Passport with at least three months validity (applicants who require 6 months to a one year visa should have their passport valid for the duration of stay)
  • In case of business visa, support letter from the employing company or invitation letter from the host company in Ethiopia
  • Residence permit for non Swiss passport holders
  • Proof of payment of the right amount of fees for the required visa type (see below for fee amount and method of settlement)
  • Travel itineraries of the applicant or attestation letter from ones travel agency for making seat reservations for the intended journey can be useful

2. Filing the applications
Visa applications may be filed at the Permanent Mission either by post or by showing up in person at the Mission during working hours of the Mission.

2.1 By Post:
Applicants shall submit all the required documents stated herein above under '1' together with self addressed stamped envelop for their return mail worth five SFr.

Proof of payment of the right amount of fee for the requested visa type is necessary. If the post office coupon (Postanweisung fur das inland or Mandat de poste interne or Vaglia postale interne) proving your payment of the right amount of visa fee is not attached with your visa application documents, your visa request will not be processed.

While applications by mail are encouraged, the Permanent Mission of Ethiopia is not responsible for passports or other documents lost. Therefore, the Mission recommends all applicants to use registered mail.

2.2 In Person:
Applications could be submitted during working hours of the Mission. Usually it takes at least 48 hours to process visa applications. Therefore, should applications are filed in person it is necessary to take appointment to collect the visa.

2.3. Visa on arrival:
If you are Swiss national and if you cannot collect your visa from the Mission due to various reasons of your own, and if you wish so, it is possible to get it on arrival at the entry points in Ethiopia. Your travel agency will assist you in this regard.

3. Settling visa fees:
If applications are done by post, visa fee settlements should be done through the Mission's postal address. Proof of payment must be attached with the application documents. Your proof of payment is the post office coupon (Postanweisungfur das inland or Mandat de poste interne or Vaglia postale interne) bearing the amount of fee you paid at the post office, the postal address of the Mission and your address. The address is:

Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations Office at Geneva
and Other International Organizations in Switzerland
56, Rue de Moillebeau, P.O. Box 338
1211 Geneva 19

Applicants appearing in person have the advantage of settling the payment by cash.

4. Amount and type of visa

Visa type
Good For
Duration of Stay
Amount
Diplomatic passport
   
Free
Service passport
Free
Tourist
single
1 month*
32 CHF.
multiple
3 months
48 CHF.
multiple
6 months
64 CHF.
Business
single
1 month*
32 CHF.
multiple
3 months
48 CHF.
multiple
6 months
80 CHF.
multiple
1 Year
160 CHF.
Transit
single
32 CHF.
multiple
48 CHF.
Student
   
32 CHF.
* Please note that the visa is valid for a period of one month from the date of issue.
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