Visa and Immigration

28.12.2020 - Article

Welcome to Germany!

Important information

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,


Currently (as of 25th April 2021) due to COVID-19, the following guidelines regarding visas apply until further notice:


Only in exceptional cases can the embassy accept visa applications for Schengen Visa. Please note the following:


Online booking of appointments for Schengen visa applications are suspended.


Applications for national visas can be accepted in the cases mentioned below. Appointments for applications can be booked online.


Please find the most up to date regulations regarding travel exceptions on the Website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI).


Travels to the Schengen area will be limited. There are exceptions:

German Citizens, Citizens of the European Union, and third country nationals who already have a legal residence in Germany; please note: First time entry into Germany from third country nationals is only possible, if the person concerned has an important reason for travelling to Germany (even with valid D-visa).  


Entry for third-country nationals is also possible for other constellations. This requires a national visa (D-visa), which was issued by the German embassy with the participation of the responsible immigration authority in Germany.


Third country nationals with important reason:

e.g. entry into Germany for family reunification
e.g. entry into Germany for family reasons (entry with member of nuclear family, who is entitled to enter)


Furthermore, the exception to travel restrictions includes the following groups of persons:    

Health professionals, health researchers and elderly care professionals;

Specialists, who are required to work in Germany and whose work cannot be postponed or executed from abroad;

University students who cannot pursue their studies from abroad;

Diplomats, members of international organizations;


For the following reasons, an application for Schengen Visa can be submitted:


Diplomats, members of international organizations and military personnel in the performance of their duties;

Visits of third country nationals for a visit of their nuclear family respectively for compelling reasons;

Compelling medical reasons: If the treatment is only possible in Germany/impossible in Ethiopia AND if the condition is life threatening without treatment/risk of permanent damages;

Persons under international or humanitarian protection.


Applications for transit visa can be accepted.


Please contact the Embassy by Email for any of the above mentioned exceptions.


Due to the continuing Corona threat and the regulations which are associated with it, there is a requirement for wearing a mask when entering the Embassy. Hands must be disinfected. Fever measurement will take place. Persons who refuse these measures or who are found to have elevated temperature are not able to enter the Embassy. Special appointments can only be granted in cases of emergency.


The decision about entry for each individual is up to the German Federal Police at the borders and international airports; entry can be denied even if the individual has a visa.



Thank you.


German Embassy Addis Ababa

To enter Germany, Ethiopian and nationals of non-EU-states (except Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the USA) require visa.

The German Embassy Addis Ababa is also responsible for national visa applications (not Schengen Visa) of Djibouti citizens.


The German Embassy Addis Ababa is the competent authority for Schengen Visa with proof of the legal habitual residence in Ethiopia.

The German Embassy Addis Ababa is the competent authority for National Visa with proof of the habitual residence in Ethiopia or Djibouti.

The German Embassy Nairobi is the competent authority for Schengen and National Visa of Somali nationals with proof of the habitual residence in Somalia/Somaliland. A short-term trip to Ethiopia isn’t justifying a Visa application at the German Embassy Addis Ababa. Applications will be rejected.

The kind of visa depends on the length and the purpose of the intended stay. Do you wish to travel to Germany for a short period (maximum of 90 days), for example as a tourist? Or do you plan a long term stay (longer than 90 days), for example as a student?

Please choose the duration of your intended visit: 

Short term visit (maximum 90 days, for example tourism or business)

Long term visit (more than 90 days, for example for study, work or family reunion)

Free movement EU

The rights of British citizens and their family members to freedom of movement within the European Union will no longer apply since the transition phase with regards to the withdrawal agreement has ended on 31.12.2020.

Family reunification of refugees (subsidiary protection)

With effect from 1 August 2018, close relatives (spouses, single minors, and parents of minors) of persons with subsidiary protection status residing in Germany can apply for visa for family reunion. These family members may register for an appointment on this website:
Visa appointment for persons with subsidiary protection status

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been mandated by the German Federal Foreign Office to support family members of those entitled to protection when leaving for Germany within the framework of the Family Assistance Programme (FAP). The aim of the program is to help applicants with any questions they have relating to the visa application process and to ensure that they can submit all the necessary documents before their visa appointment. IOM has established family support centres in Istanbul, Beirut, Amman, Cairo and Erbil, and in Addis Ababa. We ask all applicants to visit these IOM family support centers before their appointment to apply for a visa for family reunification. Visiting an IOM family support centre may speed up the processing of the visa application and therefore also the time when a family member can leave for Germany. In locations where IOM supports us, all applicants should first go to IOM, where a consultation meeting (and, if required, also an interview) will take place.

Address :
International Organization for Migration | Special Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
YeMez Building , Behind Zequala Building, Addis Ababa Ethiopia | E-mail: info.fap.et@iom.int

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