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News, 11/23/2018

Finland improves visa and residence permit application procedures in Ethiopia

Finland will outsource the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications in Ethiopia to an application centre (AC) maintained by VFS Global.  AC will be opened in Addis Ababa on 29 November 2018.

The aim is to simplify the submission of Schengen visa applications and residence permit applications as well as to offer more comprehensive services for applicants. Visa  and residence permit applications  must always be submitted in person. Visa applications will be processed in the Finnish Embassy in Ethiopia also in future. The Finnish Immigration Service is the decision-making authority in residence permit matters.

The Embassy will continue to accept passport applications.

When the AC  is open, the Embassy will accept only certain visa and residence permit applications.

The new website will be opened on 22 November  2018.

The AC website:

The website of for residence permit services:

The Call Centre will be open from 22 November 2018 from Monday to Friday, 08.00-15.00.

Tel. +251-9604 37204


Application centre will be open from 08.00 to 15.00 (NB! by appointment).

Collection of decisions from 10.00 to 15.00.

Address of AC:

Finland Application Centre, 3rd Floor, Morning Star Mall (behind Edna Mall) Bole, Addis Ababa.

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Updated 11/23/2018

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