Visa Clearance


There are two types of visa:
Short-stay visa, valid for one month with single entry
Long-stay visa, valid for 12 months with multiple entries. The holder of the visa will concomitantly with the application, apply for a residence card application and / or work permit (for EPZ workers).

A. Short-stay visa

1. Documents required

Corporate Zones transmit a written request to the single window of APZFD in which the manager or representative liability of its society. The following information will be mentioned:
Visa Recipient Name
occupé1 post
Country of origin
Length of stay.

Form2 visa application completed
Copy of passport
Copy of contract Work3
Copy of the license of the Company.

If family visit, in addition to the above documents, the company must provide a copy of the residence permit and work permit for the employee.

2. requests treatment time

Normal demand: 5 working days from the date of receipt of the file to Bank

Urgent request:
48 business hours for an additional charge.
24 business hours for an additional charge.

3. Expirations and Cancellations

The entry visa is not renewable, the customer will leave the country on expiry. In case of non compliance with this obligation, the holder of the visa may be subject to expulsion from the territory. His company will be subject to financial penalties
The Long-stay visas expired will also not be renewed. However, customers must at all times have a residence permit and a valid work permit at the entrance and exit.
For any breach or termination of employment contract, it is for the company to return said cards before the start of their employees. In case of non-compliance with its obligation the Company may be subject to financial sanctions.

4. Exceptions

The following people can benefit from renewable long-stay visas without a residence permit or work permit:
Shareholders who have no function in society but sometimes make working visits to the territory,
Children less than 18 years,
      FTZ worker spouse, these funds will be eligible for a residence permit without a work permit, they must prove their marital status.
CEOs and senior executives of our private partners.

Consultants and other external service providers in the free zone company can claim a long-stay visa. Only Short Stay Visas will be issued them on that basis.

5. Passport Collection

File a copy of the entry permit in the territory with the GU accompanied two passport pictures collection.
Mention the departure date to OWNERS agents, given the length of the collection procedure set at 48 hours.
In case of emergency, submit a copy of the return ticket.

6. The entry procedure in Djibouti for Ethiopian nationals and all foreigners other than European / American

Any Ethiopian requesting an entry permit national for a short stay or long stay in the Republic of Djibouti in a professional capacity on behalf of a Free Zone company must file a written request to the office of the Ports Authority and Zones free ().

Once the application is filed with the GU, the Authority will send the complete file to the Embassy of Djibouti in Addis Ababa. A confirmation email on the submission of the request will be sent to the company. The person, endowed with its convocation, willappear at the Embassy of Djibouti in order to obtain an entry visa.

At the end of his stay in the territory of Djibouti, the customer will have to respect the expiration of his visa and leave the country before the expiration of his entry visa in order not to incur a penalty fee.

B. Long-stay visa (12 months):

NB: A twelve-month visa for an Ethiopian citizen from Ethiopia may be issued by our office. After the one-month visa issued by our Embassy via the, the customer can make Ethiopia a visa for one year with the residence permit and work permit. These services will be rendered in Djibouti.

This kind of visa is required for any employee / foreign shareholder holds a contract for a period longer than a month that reside in Djibouti. Any filing of an application for 12-month visa must be reached by the following documents:
Written application requesting the grant of a long-stay visa
A legible copy of the passport;
Fill the residence visa form;
Copy of the license
2 photos passport;
Employment contract;
A residence permit application and work permits to rectify the situation.