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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Eritrea Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Eritrea

Local Situation: 3.4 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Eritrea. We detected travel advisories from 8 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Eritrea shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Eritrea), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Sudan (4.2), Ethiopia with 2.9 and Djibouti with 2.5 (of 5).

Risk scoring history for Eritrea

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Eritrea.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Eritrea from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.4 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions, limited consular assistance, and landmines. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Eritrea, as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside of Asmara. Eritrean law enforcement officials routinely block access ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/eritrea-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Eritrea: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise: Teilreisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/eritreasicherheit/226176

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel (with regional advisories).

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/eritrea

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Gränsen mellan Etiopien och Eritrea är stängd och vi avråder från resor till gränstrakterna. Undvik alla resor till området. Områdena vid gränserna till Djibouti och Sudan är också otrygga, likaså staden Tesseney och områdena norr och väster om Nakh'fa, Ak'ordat och Barentu och man ska undvika onödiga resor dit. Det finns risk för terrorism.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/ER

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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This advice has been reviewed. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Eritrea. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.  

Source: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/africa/east/Pages/eritrea.aspx

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Eritrea.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: Regions bordering Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: Regions bordering Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti.

Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is a regional information covering specific areas of Eritrea.

Issued by: Australian government

Coverage: Towns of Teseney, Barentu and Assab

Info: This regional advisory from the Australian government covers: Towns of Teseney, Barentu and Assab .

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Do not travel within 25 kilometres of the border areas with Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, including the town of Teseney and areas north and west of Barentu, Ak’ordat and Nakh’fa due to ongoing tensions in Eritrea’s relations with these countries, the presence of landmines and the risk of violence, including armed banditry.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/eritrea

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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In view of the fact that ongoing tensions between Eritrea and neighbouring countries could degenerate into conflict at any moment, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Eritrea to avoid all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s land borders (Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan), with the exception of the towns ...

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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About Eritrea

Eritrea with its capital Asmara is a country in Africa (Eastern Africa), slightly larger than Pennsylvania (121,320 km²). The country is located Eastern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Djibouti and Sudan. The climate can be described as hot, dry desert strip along Red Sea coast; cooler and wetter in the central highlands (up to 61 cm of rainfall annually, heaviest June to September); semiarid in western hills and lowlands. The landscape is dominated by extension of Ethiopian north-south trending highlands, descending on the east to a coastal desert plain, on the northwest to hilly terrain and on the southwest to flat-to-rolling plains. With a population of about 5.03 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Asmara
Population about 5.03 million
Size 121.320 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than Pennsylvania
Common languages Afar, Arabic, Kurdish, Tigrinya
Currency Nakfa (short: ERN)
Common voltage (electricity) 230V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900
International phone prefix +291
Internet Top Level Domain .er
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 ER
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ERI
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 232

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Eritrea is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • overgrazing
  • soil erosion

Natural hazzards

  • Dubbi (1,625 m), which last erupted in 1861, was the country's only historically active volcano until Nabro (2,218 m) came to life on 12 June 2011
  • frequent droughts, rare earthquakes and volcanoes
  • locust swarms

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Eritrea. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. beverages
  2. cement
  3. clothing
  4. food processing
  5. light manufacturing
  6. salt
  7. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. corn
  2. cotton
  3. fish
  4. goats
  5. lentils
  6. livestock
  7. sisal
  8. sorghum
  9. tobacco
  10. vegetables

Eritrean Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Eritrea.

Export products

  1. food
  2. gold
  3. livestock
  4. other minerals
  5. small industry manufactures
  6. sorghum
  7. textiles

Import products

  1. food
  2. machinery
  3. manufactured goods
  4. petroleum products

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Eritrea?

Eritrea is currently rated at 3,4 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 8 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Eritrea.

Is it safe to travel Eritrea in 2019?

Visiting the country Eritrea is usually fine. The score is at 3,4 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Eritrea?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 8 individual sources for Eritrea.

What is the size of Eritrea?

Eritrea has a size of 121,320 km² or 46,842 mi² which is slightly larger than Pennsylvania.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.