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

Travelling to 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, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

For general information about Australian visas and citizenship please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Please refer to the Visas, Migration and Citizenship page on the Australian High Commission in Nairobi website for information about applying for Australian visas and citizenship.

Australian Biometric Collection Centre, Ethiopia

Visa applicants in Ethiopia will be sent a letter requiring them to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide their biometrics.

The Australian Biometric Collection Centre, Ethiopia is located at the following address:

                VFS Ethiopia

                4th Floor, Morning Star Mall

                Bole Medihanialem

                Addis Ababa

See VFS Global Ethiopia for more information, including opening hours and contact details.

Please note: the contracted provider of Biometric Collection Centres in Addis Ababa changed from TLS to VFS Global in May 2019.

Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that all appointments for biometric collection are made using the correct provider.

Travelling to Australia 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 granted 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 for their visa notification letter. You should carry a copy of the letter with you when you travel.

Other useful links

  • is a gateway to information about issues such as citizenship, settlement help for migrants, and working conditions in Australia.
  • The Australian Department of Home Affairs manages the security and integrity of the Australian border and assists people and cargo to move in and out of the country. Check the information for international travellers to find out what items must be declared for inspection, and for other important customs and quarantine information.
  • Plan your trip to Australia with, the official Tourism Australia website.