The Federal Government has alerted Nigerians on Ethiopia’s new visa regime.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, the Ethiopian government had suspended issuance of “visa on arrival” to non-resident foreigners at all points of entry into the country.
The statement, which was signed by the Ministry’s spokesperson, Francisa Omayuli, explained that the measure by the Ethiopian authorities was aimed at better border control of movement of persons into Ethiopia in view of the ongoing armed conflict in the Northern part of the country.
“The measure is said to be temporary, pending improvement in the security situation in the country and not a replacement of Ethiopia’s open visa policy,” the statement read.
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Advising Nigerians on the next step to take, the FG stated “Therefore, Nigerians bearing Standard Passports intending to travel to Ethiopia are by this notification advised to obtain appropriate entry visas at the Ethiopian Embassy or an electronic visa through the country’s Immigration and Citizenship Service portal at www.evisa.gov.et
“Also, those transiting through Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to other destinations or intend to briefly stop over would require valid entry visa to enable them access hotel facilities in the city or else would be obligated to remain in the airport pending their connecting flight.”
The statement added, “The new temporary visa restriction measure came into effect on 29th September, 2022.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will liaise with the Nigeria Immigration Service and relevant Airlines to ensure that intending Nigerian travellers enroute Ethiopia are well sensitised.”