I am trying to work out an itinenary for holidays in East Africa and Lebanon in August. One of the best flight deals from East Africa to Lebanon is by Ethiopian airlines via Addis Ababa. It is possible to catch a connecting flight within 2 hours, or transit for about 14 hours (in some cases) for the same price.
I have never been to Ethiopia and I thought it might be interesting to choose the 14 hours transit option (7 am to 9 pm), get a transit visa on arrival and do some sightseeing in Addis Ababa.
Is this feasible?
I note that Ethiopian airlines states that "For passengers whose connecting flight is over 8 and up to 24 hours, interline desk will facilitate a transit visa and hotel accommodation. The airline provides a bus service for transfer to/from hotel layover transit passengers". Seems perfect.
However, I note one person was refused transit visa for same day connecting flight. see tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g293790-i9957-k4794…
Can anyone confirm if it is possible to get a transit visa on arrival even if the connecting flight is same day? I was wondering whether perhaps the Ethiopian airlines provision apply only to those whose transit involve an overnight stay as opposed to daytime transit?