Ethiopia visa requirements for Nigerians

Travel and visa requirements

Ethiopian Visa is not required for Nigerians

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • Nigerians can visit Ethiopia with an e-visa or obtain a visa on arrival only at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
  • The type of e-visa which can be obtained by visitors varies. Nigerians visiting on a single-entry visa can stay up to three months while visits on a multiple entry visa allow for six months visiting period. 
  • Nigerians visiting Ethiopia can extend their visa at the head office of the main department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa in person.
  • Passport must be valid for six months from the arrival date in Ethiopia, with at least two blank pages.
  • Nigerian nationals are required to have a return or onward ticket, a copy of air ticket or itinerary, proof of sufficient funds to spend during their stay, preferably a bank statement.
  • Minors hoping to travel to Ethiopia must either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or apply for the unaccompanied minors form.
  • Visitors from Nigeria will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. Visitors are advised to be vaccinated 10 days before entering Ethiopia.
  • Nigerians visiting Ethiopia with pets must have an advanced authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture, a proof of current rabies vaccination and a health certificate that has been issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport. 
  • Travellers are required to provide a confirmation of accommodation during the stay in Ethiopia.
  • Visitors can get to Ethiopia from any international airport in Nigeria. There are international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
  • As at the time of writing this article, Ethiopian Airways is the only carrier that flies from Nigeria to Ethiopia.
  • The estimated flight time from Lagos to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is 5 hours, 20- minutes and from Abuja, it is 4 hours, 50 minutes.
  • The climate in Ethiopia is mild and tropical, so it is relatively hot throughout the year. It is best to visit during the dry season which is between October and June.
  • Ethiopian Birr (ETB) is the official currency used in Ethiopia. Visitors can exchange their foreign currencies at various banks and exchange outlets in the country.
  • The dominating religion in Ethiopia is Christianity (Abrahamic, Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Pentay and Catholic). Aside from that, Islam and other indigenous religions are practised.
  • The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic. However, Oromo is a more generally spoken language. Other languages spoken in the country include Arabic and English.
  • Ethiopia uses the East Africa Time (GMT+3), which puts Ethiopia 2 hours ahead of Nigeria.
  • Getting around in Ethiopia can be facilitated by buses, taxis, and trains.
  • There are two associated power socket and plug types in Ethiopia, which are type C and F. The standard supply voltage is 220 V, with a standard frequency of 50 Hz.
  • Tourists are advised to budget about $47 to spend on daily expenses while in Ethiopia.
  • Some delicacies enjoyed in Ethiopia include injera (sourdough flatbread), tibs (sautéed meat chunks), shiro be kibbe (legume stew), berbere (typical spice blend) and kitfo (Ethiopian beef tartare).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Nigerians need a visa to travel to Ethiopia?

Citizens of Nigeria who intend to visit and stay in Ethiopia for no more than 30 days may not need a visa to travel to Ethiopia. Nevertheless, a passport valid for 6 months beyond the date of exit from Ethiopia will be required.

Is there any vaccination required to enter Ethiopia?

Yes. Travellers are required to have a certificate of yellow fever vaccination before entry into Ethiopia. It is recommended that they get vaccinated 10 days before travelling.

Is Ethiopia safe for tourists?

Violent crime in Ethiopia is fortunately rare, particularly where visitors are concerned. However, petty theft is very common. Ethiopia is very safe compared to many other African countries.

Can a pregnant woman travel to Ethiopia?

Pregnant women can generally travel safely to Ethiopia with little preparation. But they are advised to avoid some destinations, especially those with a high risk of malaria.

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