As alluded to in the last post, I spent a couple of days over the Easter break visiting a dear friend in Ethiopia. During this trip I was in Addis Ababa, then spent a few days at Lake Langano and then took a day trip to Lake Wenchi (a crater lake).
Before the trip, I decided to go to the Ethiopian Embassy to get my visa as I heard rumours that there were plans to stop issuing tourist visas at the airport. Given the fickleness of the immigration regulations in South Sudan that I was used to, I figured it would do no harm to get my visa before. That and also really the novelty of going to an embassy in Juba to get a visa issued.
So off I went with my forms, photos and money. When I got to the counter (read: wooden table in the middle of the room), I put forward my request for a visa. The consular official looked at me and inquired why I was getting a visa. I told him that according to the Ethiopian Immigration Department, I needed one.
Immigration Official: But you look Ethiopian. You are sure you are not?
I guess the South Sudanese Immigration Officials are not the only ones to judge nationality on looks.