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Information for Travelers

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

If you are planning to travel to Ethiopia please refer to the State Department's Country-Specific Information for Ethiopia.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):  The State Department’s secure online travel registration website allows you, as a U.S. citizen, to record your foreign trip and residence information. This allows the U.S. Department of State (through its embassies abroad) to communicate with and assist you in the event of an emergency. STEP allows U. S. Citizens to provide and maintain information about themselves, their travel companions and family members, emergency contacts, and their travel itinerary or overseas residence to the Department of State via the Internet.  Registration information for groups of U. S. citizens can also be entered by the organizations such as companies, schools, or travel agencies.  This data will help consular officers to locate Americans in their country in order to relay emergency messages from relatives in the U.S., or during a crisis situation.  You can access STEP at:

The Addis Ababa Consular Section strongly encourages all U.S. Citizens living or traveling in Ethiopia to register online at in order to make his or her presence a matter of record. This enables us to promptly notify U.S. Citizens of important matters or emergency situations that might arise.  It also helps the Consular Section’s crisis planning.  We need to know where Americans live and work and how to contact them in order to be best able to assist them in a crisis.  

Ethiopian Visa Information

Ethiopian tourist visas (one month or three month, single entry) are available to U.S. citizens upon arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. The on-arrival visa process is available only at Bole International Airport and is not available at any of the other airports in Ethiopia. The visa fee at Bole International Airport is payable in U.S. dollars. Current visa fees are $50 for one month and $70 for 3 months – both are only for single entry. Business visas of up to three months validity can also be obtained at Bole International Airport upon arrival, but only if the traveler has a sponsoring organization in Ethiopia that has made prior arrangements for issuance through the Ethiopian Main Department for Immigration & Nationality office in Addis Ababa. In some instances, U.S. tourist and business travelers have not been permitted to receive visas at Bole International Airport or have been significantly delayed. A Government of Ethiopia policy prevents travelers born in Eritrea, regardless of their current nationality, from receiving tourist visas at the airport.

Visa Overstays and Immigration Fines

Current visa extension fees are $100 for a first time one month extension, $150 for a second time 15 day extension, and $200 for a third time 10 day extension. Travelers whose entry visa expires before they depart Ethiopia must obtain a visa extension through the Main Immigration Office in Addis Ababa. Currently, there is a overstay penalty fee of $5 per day from 1 up to 15 days and $10 per day after 15 days. Such travelers may also be required to pay a court fine of up to 4000 ETB (300 USD) before being permitted to depart Ethiopia. Court fees must be paid in Ethiopian Birr. Travelers may be detained by immigration officials and/or required to appear in immigration court, and are required to pay the penalty fee before they will be able to obtain an exit visa (20 USD, payable in dollars) permitting them to leave Ethiopia.

For more information for U.S. Citizens traveling in Ethiopia, please visit the country-specific information here.