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Services - Embassy of Finland, Addis Ababa : Services


P.O.Box 1017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel. +251-11-4704390

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The Embassy serves customers in consular, passport and immigration matters. Consular services are given to Finnish citizens and foreign citizens who hold a Finnish residence permit.

The majority of our customers are citizens of Somalia and Eritrea, who have a family member in Finland and apply for residence permits. Finnish citizens turn to us in their passport matters. Ethiopian citizens apply for visas, residence and work permits to Finland from our Embassy.

Visas and Residence Permits

The Embassy has outsourced all visa applications to VFS Global.

Customers have to reserve visa or residence permit submission appointments either via VFS website, email, phone or by visiting to VFS application center in Addis Ababa. Applicants may choose to submit their application at the Embassy or at the VFS application center, but appointments can only be booked through VFS. Residence permit interviews will always take place at the Embassy.

Informaion on Schengen visas:,

Information on residence permits:


VFS phone number (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm): +251 9604 37204

The VFS application center is located on the 3rd floor of Morning Star Mall, which is behind Edna Mall in Bole, Addis Abeba. You can visit the application center to book an appointment for a visa or residence permit Monday to Thursday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Customer service at the Embassy

The Embassy's customer service is open on Fridays from 9am to 12pm. Somali and Tigrigna interpreters will be available. Please note that customers CANNOT reserve visa or residence permit appointments at the Embassy. Customers seeking to reserve appointments will be directed to the VFS application center. Embassy customer service hours are meant for passports, legalizations, and other consular and immigration services and information.

Consular and passport matters

More information about consular and passport matters from the Finnish pages of this website.

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Updated 1/30/2019

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