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 the Australian High Commission in Nairobi website 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

Where possible, the preferred visa application method is online lodgement. Please see When you lodge an online application you will be sent a request to attend the Visa Application Centre (see below) to provide your biometric identifiers.

If you are lodging a paper-based visa application you will need to visit the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). You will need to submit your application, pay the visa application fee and service fee and have your biometrics collected. Please note that each person included in the visa application must attend the Australian Visa Application Centre in person to have their biometrics collected.

TLS Contact is contracted to operate AVACs in Africa. See:

The Australian Visa Application Centre, Ethiopia is located at the following address:

TLS Contact
Capital Hotel and Spa
Hailegebresilasse Avenue
Addis Ababa

Opening hours 08:30am to 3:00 pm. Monday to Friday-Addis Ababa time (Except for Public Holidays)

Call centre hours: Telephone: +27 (0) 21 401 7500

9:30am to 3pm 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.

New Arrivals in Australia

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Customs and Quarantine

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection manages the security and integrity of the Australian border and assists people and cargo to move in and out of the country.