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Ethiopia launches online visa service to attract tourists

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Ethiopia's immigration authorities and Ethiopian Airlines have launched an e-visa service for international visitors, the airline announced.

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The newly introduced online visa application and issuance, effective from June 12, helps international visitors with their online vias application process on a single web page, where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa online, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

Once the online application is approved, applicants will receive an email authorizing them to travel to Ethiopia and they will get their passport stamped with the visa upon arrival in Addis Ababa.

"Ethiopia, the oldest independent civilization in Africa and the world, is endowed with historical places, natural beauty, colorful and diverse cultural activities and various endemic wild animals which are of great interest to international tourists," said Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO.

"This project is part of a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector in the country. The full commencement of the Online Visa application and issuance system will promote tourism, trade and investment to the country," he said.

Additional to the web page where applicants apply online,, the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs office in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines has set up separate counters to undertake visas processes of travelers.

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