Ethiopia visa requirements for Zimbabweans

Travel and visa requirements

Ethiopian Visa is not required for Zimbabweans

Stay Duration: 30 days

Entry Requirements

  • Zimbabwe passport holders can stay in 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. Citizens of Zimbabwe 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. 
  • Nationals of Zimbabwe visiting Ethiopia can extend their visa at the head office of the main department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa in person.
  • Also, tourist will be required to provide a passport valid for six months from the arrival date in Ethiopia, with at least two blank pages.
  • Visitors 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.
  • Tourists below 18 years hoping to travel to Ethiopia must either be accompanied by a parent or guardian or apply for the unaccompanied minors form.
  • Tourists from Zimbabwe will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. Visitors are advised to be vaccinated 10 days before entering Ethiopia.
  • Zimbabweans 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. 
  • Nationals of Zimbabwe will be required to provide a confirmation of accommodation during the stay in Ethiopia.
  • Visitors can get to Ethiopia from any international airport in Zimbabwe. There are international airports in Harare and Bulawayo.
  • Ethiopian Airways, Air Zimbabwe and Kenya Airways are some of the only carriers that fly from Zimbabwe to Ethiopia.
  • The estimated flight time from Harare to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is 4 hours, 10 minutes and from Bulawayo, it is 5 hours, 40 minutes.
  • The dominating religion in Ethiopia is Christianity with denominations like Abrahamic, Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Pentay and Catholic. Aside from that, Islam and other indigenous religions are practised.
  • 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.
  • Movement around in Ethiopia can be facilitated by buses, taxis, and trains.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ethiopia uses the East Africa Time (GMT+3), which puts Ethiopia an hour ahead of Zimbabwe.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should my passport be valid for before travelling to Ethiopia?

Travellers from Burkina Faso who intend to visit Ethiopia are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from the planned date of entry into Ethiopia. The passport should have at least two blank pages.

Is tap water safe in Addis Ababa?

The tap water is generally NOT safe to drink anywhere in Ethiopia. Tourists can buy bottled water at stores and supermarkets in the country.

When is the best time to visit Ethiopia?

Generally, the best time to visit Ethiopia is between October and June, when it is the dry season. Rains tend to stop in early October, meaning afterwards the highlands are lush and green.

What is the main religion in Ethiopia?

Religion in Ethiopia consists of a number of faiths. The most prominent is Christianity (Ethiopian Orthodoxy, Pentay, Catholic) totalling at 62.8% of the entire population, followed by Islam at 33.9 %. There is also a longstanding but small Jewish community.

If i am visiting a family do I need a visa?

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