Cape Town - The government of Ethiopia has rolled out e-visas, an online entry visa application process.
Effective since Monday, 12 June, the policy was initiated by Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs.
The e-visa is processed and issued online via a single web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online.
Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorising them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.
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According to the Director Main Department for Immigration and Nationality Affairs, Gebreyohannes Teklu, foreign visitors to Ethiopia from countries earmarked for visa on arrival would use this service - which includes south Africa.
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“We are glad that we have been working together with Ethiopian Airlines for the effective implementation of e-visa facilities at Bole International Airport.
"Now international visitors to Ethiopia, from countries provisioned for visa upon arrival, will make use of this service. Moreover, we have set up separate counters to process the visas of travellers under electronic travel authorization," says Teklu.
Although the service is only available to South African travellers in the entire African continent, nationals of Kenya and Djibouti can, however, enter Ethiopia without a visa.
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Ethiopian Airlines currently services weekly flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Addis Ababa, with Durban being the latest to be added to its route network of 56 African cities.