Ethiopian Tourist Visa Extension Report
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jan 18, 2013 12:52 PM Last Post By: cameroni
Dec 20, 2012 4:28 AM
Ethiopian Tourist Visa Extension ReportG'day,
So I thought I'd post some info on my recent experience with getting a tourist visa extension.
(NOTE: It's a happy story!)
I'm on an Australian passport and due to conflicting information, I picked up a multi-entry 3 month tourist visa at the Ethiopian Consulate in Melbourne Australia (cost me US$60). I should of got it at the airport on arrival, where a 3 month visa costs US$20. The visa started the day it was put in my passport, unfortunately by the time I arrived in Ethiopia this meant that 5 or 6 weeks had been wasted on the visa before I arrived. It also meant I needed an extension after my tour of the north.
So with three days left on my tourist visa, I took myself off to the Immigration Building (Churchill Road, near Black Lion Hospital, you can get there from Piazza by walking down the Churchill Road hill, about a 10 minute walk) first thing in the morning. I arrived at about 825am and got myself the required photocopies of current visa and passport for a birr each within the compound. At 830am I was sitting reading my book in room 3 (Foreigners reception) and near the back of the line (ie. second last position in a queue formed by 3 rows of chairs) and waiting for things to kick off. I was nervous as people had said it could be impossible to get an extension and that I might need to flee to Somalialand and come back in on a new visa. I moved up the line quicker than I thought when the woman in charge kicked all the kids out of the room. 20 places became avaliable! I was soon given a visa renewal form and when I'd filled this out and had it signed, I was sent to a room to get my photo taken. I told this lady taking my photo my story, about wasted visa time and how much I was enjoying Ethiopia and that I still wanted to spend Xmas and New Years in Addis and then visit Lailibela and then head south and that I loved the country and would really like another 3 months. She said 3 more wouldn't be possible, but an extension should be fine.
She sent me back to the first room. I sat in that room for over an hour, waiting for the 'Big Lady' to sign off on my thing. It became apparent to the woman running the room that the person we were waiting for wasn't going to come, so she sent me back to the room I'd been in. In there, another woman told me that I could have 60 days extension and that I should take the papers and her note to another room and provide payment.
I paid my US$20 and was told to come back the following day at 3pm.
So, 2.5 hours of messing about and sitting around in the immigration compound, US$20 and an overnight processing and I had a 60 day visa extension. Great!!
Hope this helps.
Dec 20, 2012 5:49 AM
Dec 20, 2012 10:30 AM
Dec 21, 2012 8:40 AM
Dec 21, 2012 11:05 PM
4Nope. Sorry mate, but you're wrong and a bonehead. Remember, I was the person at immigration and I can read my own passport. 18th December to 16th February? 2 months! What did I pay? 20 dollars. So how about you check yourself as you've made a mistake...and take your uninformed and irrelevant commentary to the Chumpland country forum.
My first post stands.
Dec 22, 2012 4:04 AM
5The posted rate for each 30 day tourist visa extension is 20 US Dollars. I won't call you a liar but will instead assume that a clerical error was made that favours you. The insults you offered were not necessary by the way. I was merely pointing out you should check the dates in your passport because the amount you paid is for a 30 day period only. Try to relax and have a good day, mate.
Jan 18, 2013 12:52 PM
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