How Long In Advance Should I Apply For A Visa?

At Ethiopia Immigration Services, processing times for visa applications are usually relatively fast and can take 1 - 3 business days. Although it takes only 1 - 3 business days to get your visa approved, travelers are encouraged to apply for an e-Visa at least 1 – 2 weeks before travel to avoid any payment or other administrative problems.

After the application is correctly submitted, an Ethiopian eVisa usually takes 01 to 03 business days to process. Travelers can track the progress of the visa application online. Ethiopia Immigration Service presently provides 03 levels of service. Comprises:

  • Normal: For travelers who want to obtain an Ethiopia e-visa within 3 working days. This option gives you time to prepare the necessary documents when applying for an e-visa.
  • Urgent: For those who want to get an e-visa within 2 working days. This option has a higher price than the Normal one but the time is eliminated to 2 days only. 
  • Super Urgent: For those who want to be granted an e-visa within 1 working day. This option is quite costly, but it is very helpful when travelers who in emergency situations. 

Please keep in mind that the faster the processing time, the greater the service price.

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