Updated: Nov 1
We understand the importance of staying informed about international flight regulations and permit requirements. In this section, we'll shed light on obtaining overflight and landing permits for flights passing through the beautiful country of Ethiopia. Whether you're planning a business jet, VIP, or commercial flight through or to Ethiopia, understanding the requirements for obtaining overflight and landing permits is essential. Let's explore the process together.
General Information about Ethiopia
Ethiopia: A Land of Diverse Landscapes
Ethiopia, a land of diverse landscapes and rich history, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Its capital city is Addis Ababa, a bustling metropolis known for its vibrant culture, significant historical sites, and strategic position as the diplomatic capital of Africa. This diverse country is a haven for travelers, business people, VIP, commercial and aviation enthusiasts alike.
Capital: Addis Ababa
Official Language: Amharic
Currency: Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
Time Zone: East Africa Time (EAT)
For pilots and flight operators; planning flights over Ethiopian airspace or intending to land within the country, understanding the permit requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth and compliant journey.
Is permit required?
Commercial – Non-scheduled
Permit Validity (Hours)
Lead Time (Working Days)
Permit number format
CAA Processing Fee
Air Navigation Bill
CAA to Applicant
Is Ethiopia an ICAO Member State?
Is Ethiopia a EUROCONTROL Member State?
Ethiopia 2-LTR Code:
Ethiopia ICAO Area Code:
To obtain an overflight permit for the Ethiopia, you must submit your request to the Civil Aviation Authority of Ethiopia (CAA Addis Ababa). It's advisable to initiate the application process well in advance, preferably 7 working days before your intended flight date. However, you should read our article on VarnaJet short notice permits. If your flight necessitates a landing in Ethiopia, you'll need to obtain a landing permit. The landing permit requirements generally include the same documentation as overflight permits, with additional considerations, some documentation are not necessarily required; you just need to keep them ready and valid in case they are needed for the permit application.
- Operator name & address
- Aircraft registry
- Callsign – Flight number
- Aircraft type – MTOW
- Flight schedule details
- Purpose of flight
- PAX or Cargo details
- Entry / Exit Points
When applying for an overflight or landing permit, you might need to provide the following documents:
- Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
- Aircraft Registration Certificate (AR)
- Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)
- Air Noise Certificate (ANC)
- Insurance Certificate
What to consider when you have a flight over/to Ethiopia
Make sure you are aware and ready with the following, even if they might not be requested by CAA:
You must have valid and comprehensive insurance coverage for your aircraft. Ensure that your insurance meets the requirements set by Ethiopian authorities.
A detailed flight plan including your route, waypoints, and estimated time of arrival and departure from Ethiopia airspace.
Details about your aircraft, including registration, type, and capacity.
The names and qualifications of your flight crew.
Purpose of Flight:
A clear explanation of the purpose of your flight, whether it's for commercial, private, or humanitarian purposes. PAX details or cargo details should be available.
Receiving party /CNOR-CNEE:
In case the landing permit is needed for a specific country/Purpose of Flight; pay attention to have all the contact details of the receiving party.
Ethiopia charges navigation fees for overflights. These fees can vary depending on the type of aircraft, route, and duration of the flight. Be prepared to cover these fees as part of the permit application process.
Basis: Maximum take-off weight & distance flown in the FIR
Charge = Unit value (16.24 USD) X factor (Calculated from the formula)
Based on MTOW and the Distance flown (NM), we can get the factor:
50,001/120,000 lbs below 200= 2.0 201/400= 4.0 401/1000= 7.0 above 1000=10
120,001/300,000 lbs below 200= 2.5 201/400= 5.0 401/1000= 8.75 above 1000= 12.5
Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa Arba Minch Airports:
Basis: maximum take-off weight
Over 40,000 lbs = 2.64 USD per 1,000 lbs or part thereof
For use of lighting facilities at aerodromes an additional charge of 50% of the landing charge will be assessed for each landing or take-off made at night or in conditions of poor visibility when lighting may be used, except where the take-off is within one hour of landing in which case the total charge for both movements will be only 50% of the landing fee.
In any case, if lighting facility is provided for more than one hour, 100% of the landing charge should be paid. At any rate, lighting charges for one hour or part thereof shall not be less than 48.78 USD.
Space occupied by the aircraft (wingspan x length).
First three hours free; thereafter for each 24-hour period or part thereof 0.0012 USD per square foot or part thereof
Compliance with International Regulations:
Your flight plan and operations must comply with international aviation regulations and agreements. Ensure that your aircraft is equipped with the necessary communication and navigation systems required for safe airspace transit.
Coordination with VarnaJet
Once your application is submitted, it may take few days for the (CAA Addis Ababa) to process and approve your overflight or landing permit. VarnaJet will ensure quick process of obtaining. Maintain open communication with our team and be prepared for potential changes or delays in your flight schedule that needs to be addressed to our team as soon as possible.
The Ethiopia' natural beauty, Economic and political position make it an irresistible destination for travelers, VIP, and flight operators. However, to ensure a smooth journey, it's crucial to understand and adhere to the overflight and landing permit requirements set by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Ethiopia (CAA Ethiopia).
At VarnaJet, we specialize in assisting aviation professionals with obtaining permits and ensuring their flights comply with international regulations. If you have any questions or need assistance with your flight planning to Ethiopia, our team of experts is ready to help. Safe travels, and may your journey through Ethiopia skies be filled with tropical wonders and unforgettable experiences!
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