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Ethiopia: Visa Implementing Decision


In accordance with Art. 25a of the Visa Code (cooperation on the readmission of irregular migrants) and based on a report of the European Commission, Schengen Area Member States decided to temporarily adopt an visa implementing decision with respect to Ethiopia

The implementing decision applies to CITIZENS OF ETHIOPIA who require visa to enter the Schengen Area and who apply for a Schengen visa REGARDLESS OF THEIR PLACE OF STAY.

The implementing decision does not apply to citizens of Ethiopia who are family members of EU citizens or who apply for a Schengen visa for the purpose of participating in an international organization meeting or an international conference organized by EU Member States.

When applying for Schengen visas, citizens of Ethiopia are required to observe the following:


● holders of diplomatic and service passports must pay the visa fee

● period to decide on an application is extended to 45 days (as opposed to 15 days)

● only a single-entry Schengen visa can be issued

The implementing decision is in effect as of June 1, 2024.


Useful links:

● PRESS RELEASE: Council restricts visa provision

Legal sources:

● Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)

● Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2024/1341 of 29 April 2024 on the suspension of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council in respect of Ethiopia