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Ethiopian Visa Requirements to Visit the Mysterious Ruins of Tiya

by David Pacella | September 3rd, 2010

In the wild grasslands of Southern Ethiopia, imposing stone monuments mark the site of an ancient burial ground, this week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage site. The monuments at Tiya in Ethiopia consist of 32 large slabs of stone called stelae. The stones are etched with swords and other symbols. Who built this place? Nobody knows-according to UNESCO, “They are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined.”

Other nearby sites of interest include Hera Shetan crater lake and a formation of naturally ordered stone blocks at nearby Agesoke.

American citizens traveling to Ethiopia need passports and an Ethiopian visa. If you’re flying in through Bole International Airport, you may attempt to get an Ethiopian visa upon arrival. But consider yourself warned-the US Department of State notes that travelers sometimes have trouble getting a visa at the airport and are “significantly delayed.”

Ethiopian visas are not available at any other airports in Ethiopia or at land border crossings. If you are entering Ethiopia by land or flying into a different airport, you must get your visa in advance. As you can see, you’d be better off getting it in advance anyway, even if you are planning to fly into Bole.

To get an Ethiopian visa, you need the following documents:

  • 1 completed Ethiopian visa application form
  • 1 passport-sized photo of yourself
  • A copy of your round-trip itinerary
  • Your US passport

A private visa expediting company like RushMyTravelVisa can streamline the visa process, providing easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on the Ethiopian visa process and expediting your application for the fastest possible processing.

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