Ethiopia Immigration Services

If your company is sending employees to Ethiopia — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Ethiopia, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

​​By law, all foreign nationals who intend to conduct business activities require both a business visa and work authorization. In practice, foreign nationals conducting business activities are typically granted business visas allowing a stay of up to 30 days, and those seeking to change their status in country to work authorized may generally conduct business activities for up to 30 days without the need to first secure work authorization. Foreign nationals can obtain an eVisa or apply through a consular post. Ethiopian consular posts generally issue business visas with three-month validity and single or multiple entries, as requested on the visa application.
Foreign nationals who intend to engage in active, productive work in Ethiopia for more than 30 days, must obtain a Work Permit and a Residence Permit. The Work Permit and Residence Permit applications are filed and processed in Ethiopia. Work permits are generally valid for up to three years but must be renewed each year before expiry. ​To work beyond three years, the foreign national must leave Ethiopia to apply for a new business visa, and re-enter Ethiopia to apply for a work permit in country.
Note that immigration officers have discretionary powers to​ refuse a work authorization application even if it meets all relevant criteria.
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.