ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian authorities have reportedly finalized preparations on the initial phase to start an e-visa service for international visitors to the east African nation.Ethiopian Airlines issued Tuesday a press release which announced that the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department, in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, will soon launch the e-visa service, under which a visa is processed and issued online on 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 authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia, and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.
The release further quoted Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam as saying the project is part of a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector in the country, and that the full commencement of the Online Visa Application and Issuance System will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country.
It will also save time, energy and cost for travellers to Ethiopia, in addition to the simplicity and convenience that it facilitates.
With direct flights to and from more than 95 destinations in all corners of the world, operated by the most modern airplanes, the airline will continue to make travel to Ethiopia dependable, easy, convenient and affordable, the release further stated.