Ethiopian passport travel information

The Ethiopian passport ranks 100th in terms of travel freedom according to the global Henley's Passport Index. It means that Ethiopian citizens have low mobility score, and their passport opens fewer borders than other countries' passport from the top-ranking places.

There are 16 Ethiopia visa-free countries, 24 countries issuing online visas, and 29 countries offering a visa-on-arrival option.

Read the article and find general information about visa-free traveling and learn how to check what countries you may visit with only a passport.

Ethiopian citizens can elongate their trip with visa-free access

The visa-free movement gives a great opportunity to visit new places. Unlimited entries and stay durations help to be more flexible about traveling.

It is a desired feature when it comes to meeting new people or exploring a particular place. We may elongate our journey without additional formalities or decide to leave for a trip in minutes. It is all about buying a ticket and booking accommodation.

How to apply for an Ethiopian passport 

To obtain an Ethiopian passport, you must be a citizen of Ethiopia. The application process may be held online and consists of a few steps.

  • Fill in the application form, check if provided data doesn't include mistakes
  • Upload the supporting documents
  • Pay the fee and check for the payment confirmation
  • Go to an embassy to provide fingerprints
  • Wait for the passport approval and the release

Please note, that applicants under the age of 14 are exempt from leaving fingerprints when applying for a passport.

How Ethiopians benefit from visa-free countries

When you visit countries with no visa required, you may enjoy stressless travel preparation and entering foreign destinations without precise border controls. The formalities are not so complicated when it comes to visa-free movement.

You only need a valid passport that cannot expire in less than 6 months. This document will be enough to cross the border as often as you want and stay abroad as long as it remains valid.

Destinations that open their borders for visa-free countries contribute indirectly to environmental protection as the lack of visas means less paper consumption and reduced travel to the embassy to obtain a travel permit.

Countries where Ethiopian passport holders don't need a visa

Ethiopian passport visa-free countries:

  • Barbados
  • Benin
  • Dominica
  • Haiti
  • Kenya
  • Micronesia
  • Philippines
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Singapore
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Palestine
  • South Ossetia
  • Transnistria
  • Cook Islands
  • Niue
  • Pitcairn Islands

Besides, there are 29 countries where a visa-on-arrival is accepted and 24 where an electronic visa is available.

Visa on arrival countries

  • Cambodia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Eritrea
  • Ghana
  • Iran
  • Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Nicaragua
  • Palau
  • Saint Lucia
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles

Electronic visa countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • South Sudan
  • Djibouti
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lesotho
  • Qatar
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Zambia
  • Cambodia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe
  • Pakistan
  • Montserrat
  • Ascension Island
  • Saint Helena


Where to find information about visa-free countries?

Many websites provide information about visa-free countries. It is necessary to confirm if the given data is updated. The most reliable source of information is an embassy's website or the embassy itself.

What travelers should do if their destination is not a visa-free country?

Check what visa options you have. There may be a visa-on-arrival, an electronic visa, or a regular paper visa. Choose the most appropriate application method for you and go through the process well in advance to obtain the visa on time.

Please remember that the regular visa application process takes the longest so if you do not have much time, choose the online application.

Tips for preparing to travel to non-visa-free countries

Make sure your passport is valid. Prepare supporting documents and fill in a form carefully to avoid mistakes. Incorrect data may result in application rejection or at least a delay in approval.

Why is it necessary to research the visa requirements of each country before traveling?

If you want to save time and money on unnecessary formalities, then it is worth researching a destination that offers visa-free entry. Checking the list of visa-free countries you are eligible to visit may shorten the preparation time for travel. On the other hand, if a visa is required and you do not obtain it on time, your trip will not be possible.

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