Eritrean Flag

Last verified: Thursday, 12. December 2019 at 07:22 AM

Eritrea Travel Advisory

Advertising

Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Eritrea

Local Situation: 3.1 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Eritrea. We detected travel advisories from 7 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.9 / 5

Eritrea shares a land border with 3 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Eritrea), the Advisory Index is 2.9 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Sudan (3.8), Ethiopia with 2.6 and Djibouti with 2.2 (of 5).

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 3.1 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

Flag of United States

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: Australia

Flag of Australia

We've reviewed our travel advice for Eritrea. We haven't changed our level of advice: Reconsider your need to travel to Eritrea, due to the high risk of instability and violence. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country.

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

Flag of Germany

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

Flag of Canada

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

Flag of Finland

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: 5 - Do not travel.

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

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

Flag of New Zealand

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: Ireland

Flag of Ireland

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 December 3rd 2019

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

Flag of Australia

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:

Flag of Australia

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

Flag of United States

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

Flag of Germany

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

Flag of Canada

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

Flag of New Zealand

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

Flag of Ireland

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

Flag of Finland

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.

Eritrean flag

Flag of Eritrea

Introduction Video

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 3,1 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 7 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 3,1 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 7 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.