Important Security Information
According to the security regulations of the Embassy, to facilitate your entrance into the visa and consular section and to avoid delays at the checkpoint, please be advised that
- cameras, sprays, luggage or arms are NOT ALLOWED within this Embassy
- cell phones must be SWITCHED OFF.
Legalisation of documents and certifications
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is authorized to legalise official documents and certificates issued by Ethiopian governmental authorities for the use in Germany only.
For the legalisation of a document or a certifcate, the following requirements have to be met:
- The applicant has to personally come to this Embassy and present a valid ID-card or passport.
- If it is not possible for the applicant to come to this Embassy personally, he or she can appoint a representative. The representative has to submit an authorisation from the applicant with a certified signature, eg by a German authority or an Ethiopian diplomatic mission in Germany.
- The authorised representative has to submit a valid ID-card or passport as proof of identity and a certified copy of the applicant's passport and residence permit of the country where the applicant stays.
Before the respective document or certificate can be legalised by this Embassy, it has to be authenticated by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If the document or certificate was not issued by Addis Ababa authorities, it has to be additionally authenticated by the regional authority in charge prior to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If the applicant has no valid passport, the legalisation may be delayed due to several necessary administrative steps that this Embassy has to take.
If the documentation handed in is found to be forged or incorrect, a legalisation is not possible. Fraudulent certificates will always be handed over to Ethiopian authorities for further investigation.
German documents and certificates for the use in Ethiopia can be legalised by the Ethiopian Embassy or the Ethiopian Consulate General in Germany only.
Charges for legalisations are:
Legalisations according to §13 section 2 of the German Consular Law (Konsulargesetz)
(legalisation in a closer context):
- Certificates about a person's civil status due to §1309 section 1 German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) - EUR 20.
- Other documents or certificates - EUR 40.
Legalisations according to §13 section 4 German Consular Law (Konsulargesetz)
(legalisation in a wider context):
- Certificates about a person's civil status according to §1309 section 1 German Civil Code - EUR 40.
- Other documents or certificates - EUR 80.
The fees are payable upon application for legalisation in ETB at the Embassy's exchange rate.