Where I give you the down-low on what to expect at the Ethiopia embassy. In short: they’re very very nice.
Ethiolove is priceless
The first time I visited Ethiopia – in September 2011 – I found out that mine was amongst the lucky 33 nationalities allowed to breeze through immigration by purchasing a visa on arrival for a mere 20$. Only Kenyans and Djiboutians are even luckier, not needing a visa at all.
On this note, wouldn’t a dual French-Kenyan nationality be the coolest?
Fast forward to 2015 and prices have increased quite a bit. Visitors now have to part with 70 $ for a 3-month multiple entry visa but let me tell you, Ethiopia is well worth it.
This time around, I wanted to plan ahead and get my visa in advance at the Ethiopia embassy in Paris. It’s fairly straight-forward:
- passport-size photo
- filled-out form
- copy of flight details
- 63 euros.
I was a bit stressed out because I couldn’t find any information on accepted means of payment so I carried both cash and a cheque book, just in case.
It turns out that my worries were completely out of place. The real problem is that visas are valid from the day they are issued, not starting from your date of arrival in Ethiopia. This means that you are meant to apply for your visa at the last minute, say a week before departure.
The very friendly receptionist told me it normally takes 3 working days for the visa to be processed. ‘Why are you in such a hurry?’ she asked. To which I had no good comeback.
Ethiopia Embassy (Paris)
35 avenue Charles Floquet
Metro station: Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel or La Motte Picquet Grenelle.