Getting an Indian Visa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This post is more for people looking for information on how to get an Indian Visa in Ethiopia than anything else. Loes and I had so many headaches from this process, I thought it would be wise to write it down so others could avoid our frustration. Also, it might be a bit therapeutic for me. Serenity now!

Location:

Arada District, Kebele-13/14, House 224
Addis Abeba (Addis Ababa)
Ethiopia

It will cost roughly 100 Birr for a taxi from the Piazza area to the Indian Embassy (Dec, 2013). That’s one way.

Phone number: (011) 123.5538

If you get through to them, you are a better person than I am. Not once did they pick up the phone.

Hours of service:

Visa Applications – Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30. Go early. We got there at 9:30 and were 30th in line. It took 2.5 hours to have our number called.

Visa pickup – Monday-Friday 4:30-5:00

Some general tips:

Do NOT rely on their website or phone calls. The website was down and they don’t pick up the phone. Also, information on the online visa application form is outdated or incorrect.

Ensure that you attach a photo to the online visa application, even though the website states it is not necessary. We learned that the hard way. That said, you still need a hard copy attached to the form as well. Yeah, makes complete sense, I know.

Ensure that you have printouts of your itinerary, even though the website states it is not necessary. We learned that the hard way. That being said, they tell you not to buy your tickets, only to book them. There are no promises that you will be approved a visa.

Ensure you bring photocopies of your vaccination books and passports. They will not photocopy them for you, however, there are 3 places within running distance that can help you out. (1 birr each copy). Also, note that in addition to a yellow fever vaccination, from Jan 30th, 2014, you are also required to have an oral polio vaccination.

They state you don’t need proof of accommodation while in India, but if you have it, bring it. It can’t hurt.

Also, bring a book to read, and don’t forget your patience.