Ethiopia has announced it is rolling out online visas from June 1. The announcement was made via Twitter by the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Fitsum Arega, and confirmed by Ethiopia Airlines.

According to Ethiopia Airlines, “the e-visa is processed and issued online on a single webpage where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa. Once the 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”.

The online visa application process was launched in June 2017, but up until now was only available for travellers from select countries. As of June 1, this system is available for visitors worldwide.

In his Tweet, Arega said: “A relaxed Visa regime will enhance both Ethiopia’s openness and will allow the country to harness the significant stopover transit traffic of Ethiopia Airways.”

Reinforcing this sentiment, Ethiopia Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam remarked: “We have not made best use of our natural resources to attract large numbers of tourists. To this effect, this project is part of a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector in the country.”

Director of the Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs, Gebreyohannes Teklu said: “We have set up a dedicated contact centre to provide responsive service during or after travellers’ experience with our online service.”

To apply for your e-visa, click here.