British Ambassador to Ethiopia
We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Ethiopia.
We represent British interests in Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union. We also provide support to British Embassy Mogadishu on Somaliland. We help boost political, cultural, economic and social relations between them and the UK by offering a wide range of services and funding of various projects.
Services for British nationals
If you’re in Ethiopia and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +251 (0)11 617 0100. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Ethiopia, call 020 7008 1500.
Get or renew a passport
The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.
Get an emergency travel document
You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel. If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Addis Ababa.
Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Ethiopia, see travel advice for Ethiopia.
Get a visa
The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.
If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.
If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.
For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.
Marriage and civil partnerships
We do not issue certificates of no impediment, affirmations or affidavits of marital status.
For information on getting married in Ethiopia, see getting married abroad.
Register a birth or death
If the death occurred in Ethiopia and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.
Read our guidance on coping with death abroad
Support if you’ve been arrested
We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Ethiopia. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.
Notarial and documentary services
We may be able to offer notarial services, including administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit, witness a signature, make a certified copy of a document, prepare a document in English or the local language, legalise a document. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.
British Embassy Addis Ababa provides legalisation services. Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.
Ask the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).
Local service providers
Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Ethiopia. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- provide information about transferring funds
- provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
- help people with mental illness
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad
For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
What the embassy cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:
- help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
- give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
- get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
- pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Ethiopia
British Embassy Addis Ababa
Telephone +251 11 6170100
Fax +251 11 6610588
The Embassy landline telephone is not reliable. If unavailable, for urgent matters please call: +251 912 501 107
For Consular/Passport customers please follow http://ow.ly/RMqkF for details of our services and online appointment booking.Access and opening times
Consular Office Addis Ababa
PO Box 858
Telephone +251 (0)11 617 0100
Fax +251 11 6610588
We are having technical difficulties with our telephone lines starting 2100 – 0200hrs GMT on 17/18 Nov. For urgent matters, please call: +44 207 008 1500
Please go to http://ow.ly/RMq7X for details of our services and online appointment booking.
British Nationals calling for Consular assistance (not visa or passport queries) during office hours, please use the Embassy landline.
Out of office hours, British nationals with genuine emergencies only (not visa or passport queries), please call the Embassy landline for connection to our out of hours service. If unable to connect, please call +251 91 250 1107.
For visa and passport enquiries. Please see 'Our Services' link above for these enquiries.
HM Passport Office Addis Ababa
HM Passport Office Addis Ababa
Information on how to apply for a British passport from overseas:
E-mail correspondence should be submitted via the online enquiry form at the following web address: www.gov.uk/passport-advice-line or by telephone on +44 (0)300 222 0000.