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.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

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.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

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.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • 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

Find out how to register a birth or register a death that occurred in Ethiopia. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy or our consulates.

Bereavement support

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.

Legalisation services

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

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Ethiopia

Our people

Susanna Moorehead

Susanna Moorehead

British Ambassador to Ethiopia

Contact us

British Embassy Addis Ababa

Comoros Street
Addis Ababa

For Consular/Passport customers please follow http://ow.ly/RMqkF for details of our services and online appointment booking.

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Consular Office Addis Ababa

Comoros Street
Addis Ababa
PO Box 858

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.

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HM Passport Office Addis Ababa

HM Passport Office Addis Ababa
Comoros Street
Around Kebena
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.

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British Consulate Djibouti

PO Box 169
Rue de Djibouti


Office hours (GMT)
Sunday to Thursday
6:00- 9:00

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Department for International Trade - Ethiopia

Dessalegn Yigzaw, Trade Development Manager
British Embassy, Addis Ababa

Office Hours (Local time):
Monday to Thursday
8:00 - 16:45
8:00 - 13:00

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