Australian Embassy
Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic, African Union, IGAD, UN ECA

Travelling to Australia

Travelling to Australia

General information is a gateway to information ranging from citizenship, health, settlement help for migrants, working conditions to buying a home in Australia.


Immigration and Visas

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa cannot issue visas. The Immigration Section of the Australian High Commission in Nairobi has responsibility for visas, migration and citizenship for Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan.

For general information about Australian visas and citizenship please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

Please refer to the Visas, Migration and Citizenship page on for information on applying for Australian visas and citizenship.


Travelling from Bole International Airport

The Australian government does not provide a visa label in your passport.  Australian visas are recorded electronically when issued.  When you are granted a visa for Australia you are sent a letter notifying you of the grant of a visa.  When airlines check you in for your flight, they confirm the existence of the electronic visa through their systems. However, we understand that Ethiopian Immigration regularly asks passengers to show them the grant notification letter and therefore it is likely to be beneficial to have a copy of the letter with you when you travel.


Do you need a visa?

All travellers and intending migrants, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.

The Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa does not provide visa or immigration services. This responsibility rests with the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya.

Option to Apply Online

Online lodgement is also available for certain visa categories, specifically:

  1. Subclass 600 Visitor Visas
  2. Partner visa applications (including subclass 300 Prospective Spouse, and subclass 309/100 Partner)
  3. Student visas (Assessment Level 1 only)

Please note that if you are lodging a visa application online and you live in Ethiopia, you will still need to attend the Australian Visa Application Centre in Addis Ababa to provide biometrics (see below). For more information on how to lodge an online visa application, please see Online Visa Lodgement.


Applying for a Visa in Ethiopia

Lodge the applications directly at the Australian Visa Application Centre, operated by Teleperformance.

Visa applicants will need to go in person to the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Addis Ababa to lodge their application and provide biometrics in the form of digital fingerprints and a facial photograph.

Opening hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm daily. Teleperformance is located at:

Australian Visa Application Centre
Capital Hotel and Spa
Hailegebresilasse Avenue
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Enquiries about visa application procedures and application fees can be made to the Teleperformance Africa Call Centre.

Telephone +27 (0) 21 401 7500
9:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday Addis Ababa time.

Note: International call charges apply. There is an option to leave contact details and request a return call. The call centre is closed on South African public holidays.


Additional information about the collection of biometrics from visa applicants, including a list of included visa subclasses and people who may be exempt or excluded from providing biometrics can be found here.


New Arrivals in Australia

The official Australian government website is a gateway to information on issues including citizenship, settlement help for migrants and working conditions in Australia. 


Customs and Quarantine

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