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Work permit clarity (Addis Ababa)

Hello all- There seems to be a lot of conflicting information on the web regarding obtaining a work permit in Ethiopia. Some info says you cannot be in the country while the permit is processing. Some says that you HAVE to be in the country while it's processing. Some says you can arrive with a business visa and as long as you apply for a work permit within 30 days it's fine. Does anyone have any recent experience with applying for a work permit! As context, I do have sponsorship from an NGO and they should be registered with the CSA in Ethiopia, therefore I would fall under CSA regulations according to the Ministry of Labor. Thanks for any information anyone can provide! I mostly want to know- can I go to Ethiopia now or not??! Thanks!

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