Live And Work
Live And Work In Ethiopia
Visa and Immigration Requirements
Investors are required to secure a business or investment visa to enter Ethiopia business purposes. Investors can apply for various types of business visas that that vary from 30-days to 12-months. Applications for Business Visas for Ethiopia can be made online, or in person at an embassy or consulate. Please visit www.evisa.gov.et to learn more about visa procedures and application.
A yellow fever certificate is required when investors arrive from selected African destinations (please visit www.evisa.gov.et to ensure whether a yellow fever certificate is needed). In addition, vaccination against cholera is required for people who are visiting or transiting from a cholera infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia. Please consult your diplomatic missions about health requirements before departing to Ethiopia.
Public holidays are celebrated according to the Ethiopian (Julian) Calendar, which consists of the following:
Date Public holidays Remarks September 11 Ethiopian New Year National holiday September 27 The Finding of the True Cross (Meskel) Christian holiday October 26 Id Al Adaha (Arafa) Muslim holiday January 7 Ethiopian Christmas Christian holiday January 19 Ethiopian Epiphany Christian holiday January 24 Prophet Mohamed’s Birthday (Maulid) Muslim holiday March 2 Victory of Adwa National holiday May 1 International Labor Day National holiday May 3 Ethiopian Good Friday Christian holiday May 5 Ethiopian Patriots day National holiday May 5 Easter Christian holiday May 28 Downfall of the Derg National holiday August 8 Id Al Fater (Ramadan) Muslim holiday
Government offices work 39 hours a week. Office hours extend from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Lunch breaks are from 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Fridays.
Most banks are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., including lunch hours, Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Most shops are open until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Some shops, particularly supermarkets, are open on Sundays and public holidays.