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Travel Details

Visa Application Process

The following is the visa application process for delegates to the AFAM conference.

  1. Send a copy of your passport (the page with your picture) and the country where you reside to AFAM (to Dr. Abeba Mengistu via email: and copy the conference co-chair Dr. Judy Muthuri email:
  2. AFAM will submit a copy of your passport to the Immigration office in Addis Ababa.
  3. The Immigration office in Addis Ababa will send the visa pre-approval to the Embassy in your country of residence.
  4. Once the pre-approval is sent to the Embassy, AFAM will notify you to go the Embassy to secure your visa.
  5. AFAM will provide an invitation letter in support for your visa application, and this should be submitted together with any other additional requirements the Embassy may have for the application.
  6. We advise that you submit your application at a time that is suitable as the conference visa validity dates might be short and will count from the date of issuance.

Important News:

The Ethiopia House of People's Representatives (HPR) during it's Extraordinary Session on Friday 4th August 2017 lifted the State of Emergency that was called on October 2016 in response to the unrest in Oromoa and Amhara regions. Read more on the story here. Some foreign govts continue to ussie travel advisories specifically to those planning to travel to regions bordering Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. These regions are over 1,000 kilometers away from the City of Addis Ababa where we will be hosting our conference. 

As you well know, Addis Ababa is the home of the Africa Union Headquarters and is a safe city. Nonetheless, we will continue to keep you updated on the security situation in Ethiopia and specifically in Addis Ababa.

Immigration Requirements:

We STRONGLY advise all conference delegates to consult the Ethiopian diplomatic missions, embassies or consulate in their countries of residence before travelling. 

All conference delegates travelling to Ethiopia will require visas except for holders of diplomatic service passports, and nationals from Djibouti and Kenya.  Whilst conference delegates are able to apply for visas upon arrival only in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, it is advisable to secure your visas from your respective countries before departure.  

You should also ensure that your passport has a six months validity, and all the required travel documents meet both Ethiopia’s government immigration and health requirements.