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Last verified: Monday, 28. September 2020 at 07:18 AM

Eritrea Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon Please reconsider your need to travel to Eritrea

Local Situation: 3.7 / 5

Please reconsider your need to travel to Eritrea. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.7 / 5

Eritrea shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Eritrea), the Advisory Index is 3.7 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Sudan (4.1), Ethiopia with 3.5 and Djibouti with 3.5 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Eritrea

There are currently 375 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Eritrea. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in Eritrea.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice 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 3.7 out of 5.0.

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 det lönar sig inte att röra sig i närheten av gränszonerna - undvik alla resor till gränszonerna. Områdena vid gränszonerna 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 ...

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: United States

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Reconsider travel to Eritrea due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions, limited consular assistance, and landmines.  Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    The Centers for Disease ...

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

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

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

Advisory issued by: Australia

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The Eritrean Government has directed all citizens to remain in their homes. The International Airport in Asmara is now closed until further notice. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Eritrea.

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/africa/eritrea

Individual rating changes for Eritrea

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Eritrea. Most recent events first.

Changes from August 7th 2020

The total rating for Eritrea changed from 3.4 to 3.7. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Eritrea to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Eritrea changed from 3.3 to 3.4. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Eritrea to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 19th 2019

The total rating for Eritrea changed from 3.1 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Eritrea to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from December 3rd 2019

The total rating for Eritrea changed from 3.3 to 3.1. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government decreased their existing warning for Eritrea to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by -1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Eritrea changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 4.0.

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The United States government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 2.0.

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The German government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 3.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 4.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 4.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Eritrea with a rating of 3.0.

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 3,7 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 official sources. Please reconsider your need to travel to Eritrea.

Is it safe to travel Eritrea in 2020?

The score is rather high (3,7) and you should avoid all non-essential travel to Eritrea. Maybe pick another location.

How many travel advisories do you know for Eritrea?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 7 individual sources for Eritrea.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Eritrea?

There are currently 375 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Eritrea. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently no officially reported deaths related to this disease in 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.