Visa and immigration requirements

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All delegates are now able to apply for their conference visa online using the following link:


Please read these guidelines ( ) carefully and follow the process step by step.  You will be required to upload the following documents during the process – the uploads should not be more than 2MB and we recommend you have these uploads read before you start the online process.


1.     Your photo

2.     Copy of your passport

3.     Invitation letter from the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (the blue letter that has been sent to you by the Secretariat)

4.     The attached letter in Amharic ( (please do not worry about the date on the letter – this letter is written according to the Ethiopian calendar) -


Note: the simplest way to upload items 1 and 2 is take a photo with your phone and upload them.  Item 3 you have and can upload and item 4 is attached your email or (


At the end of the process you will be directed to a payments page and the cost is US$32.  As soon as your form is submitted you will receive a confirmation email and later on you should receive your e-visa and a receipt.


The ISO Secretariat would encourage as many delegates to follow the online e-visa application as possible as it should make your arrival at the airport much more straightforward.  Should you encounter any difficulties online, please contact Dr Frezer Haile at the Ethiopian embassy here in London can assist you This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: +44 (0)20 7838 3879 Mobile: +44 (0) 7565298626


HOWEVER:  we appreciate that this rule change is very short notice and many delegates will not be able to complete the online process or be able to pay online with a credit card.  However, if payment is not processed online you will still be issued a reference number in order to get your visa on arrival.



THEREFORE the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Department have agreed that for our conference they will still issue the pre-approval letters as originally agreed AND delegates will still be able also to get their conference visa on arrival at Bole International Airport as long as you have all the above information with you (and also the ISO’s letter of invitation). 



The national carrier Ethiopian Airlines ranks among the oldest and most respected airlines in Africa. It also offers the continent’s most extensive flight network, with international routings connecting Addis Ababa to more than 90 cities outside Ethiopia, as well as 20 domestic destinations. For a complete list of international and domestic offices and call centres, see

European destinations serviced by Ethiopian Airlines include London, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna. It also operates flights to three North American cities, namely Los Angeles, Toronto and Washington DC, as well as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The national carrier also operates flights between Addis Ababa and several destinations in the Middle East and Asia, including Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Dubai, Doha, Delhi, Demmam, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Manila, Mumbai, Muscat, Sana’a, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Ethiopian Airlines operates the most extensive international network servicing Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Cities flown to include Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Bamako, Bangui, Berbera, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Entebbe, Enugu, Gaborone, Goma, Harare, Hargeisa, Johannesburg, Juba, Kano, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro (between Moshi and Arusha), Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lome, Luanda, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Malabo, Malakal, Maputo, Mombasa, N’Djamena, Nairobi, Ndola, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Pointe-Noire, Seychelles and Zanzibar.

Other airlines that fly to Addis Ababa include Air China (, Egyptair (, Emirates (, Fly Dubai (, Gulf Air (, Kenya Airways (, Lufthansa (, Saudi Airlines (, Sudan Airways (, Turkish Airlines ( and Yemenia ( In addition, KLM ( operates a code share with Kenya Airways, and South African Airways ( code shares with Ethiopian Airlines. 

All international flights arrive and depart from Bole International Airport on the outskirts of central Addis Ababa.