Flying from China to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines, the African leading carrier, proposes 34 weekly flights. 5 direct flight routes notably connect China (Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong-Kong and Shanghai) to Ethiopia (Addis Ababa).

A new USD 4 billion Ethiopian airport will enter into service in 2024. The New Addis Ababa International Airport will have a capacity of 120 million passengers per year.

Health requirements

Prior to entry, all foreign visitors must have

A valid health certificate for yellow fever

Been vaccinated against cholera (applicable only if the person visited a cholera-infected area within 6 days prior to arrival in Ethiopia).

Immigration regulations

General rules

A visa is required for foreign visitors coming to Ethiopia. Foreigners that want to apply for a work permit have to obtain first a business visa.

Obtaining an entry visa

Many options are available. The application can be made:

Online At Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions overseas (Ethiopian Embassy, Permanent Mission or Consul General) On arrival in Ethiopia

Obtaining an investment visa

Investment visas are issued to foreign nationals engaged in investment activities or to potential investors. Applications can be made online.

Visa fees are listed below

Visa 30 days single-entry visa 3 months multiple-entry visa 6 months multiple-entry visa 12 months multiple-entry visa
Fees USD 32 USD 42 USD 62 USD 122

Source: Evisa Ethiopia

In order to get an investment visa, potential investors coming for the first time in Ethiopia have to submit a support letter from the Ethiopian Investment Commission or the nearest Embassy of Ethiopia. Travelers that are already engaged in investment activities in Ethiopia have to provide the following documents

Copy of the official application or request letter addressed to the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs of Ethiopia Copy of the business license of the inviting company (if any) Support letter from Ethiopian Investment Commission Passport-size photo Copy of the passport of the traveller

Source: Evisa Ethiopia

Obtaining a work permit

Work permits are delivered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Permits are usually issued for a period of three years and must be renewed every year. Requirements to obtain a work permit are the following

Educational certificate Renewed investment permit Valid business visa 5 passport sized recent photos Completed application form

Source: IGuide Ethiopia

Obtaining a residency permit

In order to get a residency permit, foreigners have to contact the Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs.