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  • Writer's picturePeter Gitonga


Ethiopia, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a landlocked country in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea and Djibouti to the north, Somalia to the east and northeast, Kenya to the south, South Sudan to the west, and Sudan to the northwest. It is home to 117 million inhabitants and is the 12th-most populous country in the world and the 2nd-most populous in Africa after Nigeria. The national capital and largest city is Addis Ababa.

When planning on filming in Ethiopia, there are several factors you need to consider;

  1. What you’ll need

Before flying in to Ethiopia, you’ll need to contact the Ethiopian Embassy in your country to get a journalist VISA. There are varying VISA requirements for each country. We can assist with this. You cannot get a VISA on arrival.

  1. Ground transport

There’s plenty of vehicles for hire that can be organized around Ethiopia for you and your team.

  1. Hotels

Ethiopia has a range of hotels to meet any budget category. Most internationally recognized hotels have setups in major towns.

  1. Filming Permits in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Film permits can be acquired through an agent such as us, ProKraft Africa. We work with the Ethiopian Broadcast Authority. The process takes about 2 weeks and costs roughly $900

  1. Equipment clearing

When planning on filming in Ethiopia, your film license will cover equipment importation as well. This takes about 2 weeks as well.


Walkie talkies and drones are currently restricted from importation into the country. There are locally available drone pilots on request.

Do reach out us on and we can arrange everything you need to make your filming project in Ethiopia a success.

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