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Ethiopia: Issuance and renewal of passports and exit visas

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 March 1999
Citation / Document Symbol ETH31545.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ethiopia: Issuance and renewal of passports and exit visas, 1 March 1999, ETH31545.E, available at: [accessed 27 May 2016]
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The information in this Response was provided by an official of the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Washington, DC, during a telephone interview with the Research Directorate (26 Mar. 1999).

According to the official, in order for individuals to be issued passports and/or have their passports renewed, they must undergo a security check and clearance. This involves getting statements from the bank and  a certificate of clearance from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to show that the individuals in questions have paid their taxes and have not done "bad things" (the official would not clarify what he meant by "bad things").

The official further stated that issuing or renewing a passport takes about a week, but given there are other departments involved, the process could take one or more months. He explained that an administrative fee equivalent to US$60.00 applies when renewing a passport (ibid.).

The official explained that if an individual already has a passport, getting an exit visa should be easier because he or she would have gone through the security check and clearance. However, immigration authorities require the person to show that he or she already has a visa from the country to which he or she intends to travel. He said that it takes three to four days to issue an exit visa (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Embassy of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Washington, DC. 26 March 1999. Telephone interview with official.

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