The Embassy has outsourced all visa applications to VFS Global. The VFS Global Office in Addis Ababa is for all applicants who are legally residing in Ethiopia, South Sudan or Djibouti and wish to apply short-term Schengen visa (maximum 90 days out of 180 days) to Schengen countries.
Customers have to reserve a visa appointment either on the VFS website at http://www.vfsglobal.com/Finland/Ethiopia/, by email, by phone or by visiting the application center in Addis Abeba.
Appointments can be submitted either at the VFS application center or directly at the Embassy, but appointments for both must be reserved through VFS.
The VFS online reservation system allows applicants to reserve an appointment no more than six weeks from the date of booking. If there are no free slots during any given six-week period, the VFS system will notify the customer that there are no free appointments available. In this case, please wait until the next batch of free appointment slots is opened up for reservations.
VFS phone number: +251 9604 37204 (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm).
Visa application only by appointment.
The processing time of visa applications is 15-30 days.
The Embassy does not process applications sent via email or regular mail.
A visa is required for a stay of less than three months in Finland. For a longer stay, a residence or work permit is needed.
Ethiopian citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen territory, i.e. Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
It should be noted that European countries such as Ireland, Russia, Turkey and the United Kingdom are not parties to the agreement.
Before submitting the application, please check that you have answered ALL questions duly and completely and that you have all the requested supporting documents. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
The required additional documents depend on the applicant and on the purpose of travel. Consult one of the attachment chekc-lists below, according to your purpose of travel. NB! There are two pages in each list.
Business (including conference)
Applicants who are under 18 years old should provide the following additional documents:
In order to travel to the Schengen area, and applicant must have valid travel insurance. The insurance must be purchased before application. The insurance must
NB! It is the applicant’s responsibility to make copies of all the requested supporting documents, which should be kept together with the ticket/passports in case of questions at departure/entry points. Both originals and copies have to be submitted with the application form.
The application must be submitted personally and the applicant shall be interviewed. Additional interviews may be requested.
Applications sent by post or email will not be processed.
Handling FEE: depends on the type of visa. The handling fee shall be paid in either to VFS or to the Embassy account in Ethiopian birr according to the deposit slip provided. The fee is non-refundable. The fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations. In addition to the Embassy handling fee, VFS is also collecting additional service fee for their services. See VFS-website for
Spouses of EU citizens and their children under 21 do not pay the administrative fees for the processing of visas. Other groups exempted from the visa fee are the following: children under six years of age. Copies of spouse's EU passport, Full Marriage/FullBirth certificates etc. must be submitted with application as proof of relationship with EU spouse/parent.