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Document Requirements

These requirements are applicable for US Citizens applying at the Los Angeles Office

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least one blank visa page. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If you do not have any blank visa pages in your passport, TDS can assist you in applying for additional pages. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.

 

Please send 1 recent professional passport-type photograph.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.

 

New Requirement Effective April 2015

Pre-Approval Notice

You must obtain pre-approval in order to travel to Ethiopia on business. Your host or sponsor must contact the Ethiopian Department of Immigration or the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on your behalf. They must request that this pre-approval be sent to the Ethiopian Consulate in Los Angeles.

Copy of Visa Pre-Approval
You must provide a copy of your visa pre-approval from the Department of Immigration in Ethiopia. Your visa cannot be processed without an original approval sent directly to the consulate and a copy of the approval included in with your visa application.

Your Visa Pre-Approval notice will contain a two letter visa catagory code, the code will determine the visa type, validity and fee you will be issued.

A business letter of responsibility (sample) is required, to be typewritten on your company letterhead and addressed to:
Consulate General of Ethiopia, Visa Section, Los Angeles
The letter must explain all of the following:
Nature of business to be performed
Name and address of reference to be visited
This letter should request Multiple Entries visa if required
Guarantee of return transportation and sufficient funds for the visit
The letter should be signed by an officer of the company other than the applicant.

 

All business visa applicants must submit a invitation letter from the host company in Ethiopia. The invitation letter should be addressed to the Ethiopian Consulate and explaining the purpose of his/her travels.

Please Send One Completed and Signed Application Form

 

Passport must have at least six months remaining validity and contain at least one blank visa page for visa to be issued. TDS can assist with obtaining U.S Passports, whether new issue, renewal, or obtaining additional visa pages for a valid passport.

Your application will be hand carried to the Embassy, and is usually processed in 4-6 business days.

 

Shipping Instructions

Please forward a printed copy of your order confirmation and all required documents to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
5455 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 2105
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Local Phone Number: 323-330-0346

Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

Once your order is complete, your Passport with the visa sticker/stamp will be returned to you via FedEx Overnight.

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Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $32.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $33.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
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Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
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