Eritrea Travel Information
All flights to/from Eritrea are temporarily
suspended. For more information about coronavirus, see
the section Health.
In terms of experience, the security situation for
visitors is relatively good in Asmara and central parts
of the country.
There is little crime. Police and security forces
have consistently good control. Over time, there has
been a low terror threat in Eritrea. However, the
security situation in Eritrea varies between different
areas. The border areas against Ethiopia, Sudan and
Djibouti are unsafe, but in other parts of the country
few security threats have been reported.
The whole country, except the capital Asmara, is
subject to travel restrictions. It is important that the
individual stays up to date on the security situation in
the country. Norwegian citizens considering traveling to
Eritrea are encouraged to keep up-to-date by keeping up
with news and other sources of information.
Norwegian citizens who stay for a shorter or longer
time in Eritrea are encouraged to register their travels
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Responsible Norwegian Embassy for Eritrea is the
Norwegian Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. Norway does not
currently have a consulate in Eritrea.
- Countryaah: Asmara is the capital
of Eritrea. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
In case of emergency, please contact the Khartoum
Embassy on tel. +249 187 188 100/+47 23 95 21 00
Outside the opening hours of the embassy, the
public can contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on
tel. +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Entry requires a valid visa. Visa is not granted at
the airport. When leaving Norway, you can get a visa by
contacting the Eritrean embassy in Stockholm. The
passport must be valid for at least six months after
For further information, please see the Eritrean
Embassy in Stockholm's websites http://www.eritrean-embassy.se/
Exchange can only be done at official exchange sites,
with a receipt that can be documented on departure.
Airport fee on departure is USD 20. It is the
responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel
documents and visas are valid.
Coronavirus (covid-19): The
Norwegian embassy in Khartoum (later accredited to
Eritrea) has very limited ability to provide consular
assistance to Norwegian nationals traveling to Eritrea.
We therefore recommend Norwegian citizens to return to
Norway if possible and ask those who are in Eritrea to
follow the recommendations below from the Eritrean
health authorities regarding the covid 19 pandemic.
As announced through local media, an Eritrean
resident of Norway who flew to Asmara last Saturday,
March 21, was confirmed as positive for covid-19. The
patient receives all the necessary treatment while
passengers traveling with the same airline were later
The Ministry of Health encourages all residents and
foreigners living in the country to take preventive
measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic and to
strictly implement the government's guidelines for their
and the country's security.
The following guidelines were issued:
- One should avoid non-essential movement in
cities and villages and to avoid traveling to other
places in the country. Travel by bus, minibus and
taxis should be avoided unless there is an
- All public gatherings, sports and cultural
events that gather an audience of more than ten
people are prohibited. Cinemas and nightclubs will
remain closed until further notice. Social distance
must be observed.
- The gathering of more than ten people at social
events (funerals, weddings, griefs, baptisms and
other gatherings) is prohibited.
- Every citizen must follow, and the same
instructions will be given by religious leaders to
the believers, prayers, and associated religious
sermons in their homes.
- All Eritrean nationals living abroad are
encouraged to take all necessary precautions for
their own, their families and the country's
security. They should also refrain from traveling to
Eritrea in this situation.
- Strict legal measures will be implemented for
all individuals and commercial enterprises engaged
in hoarding and speculative price increases. The
measures have been adopted in order to safeguard the
Eritrean countries and the security of the people.
- The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor
developments regarding covid-19 and issue further
information and guidelines if necessary.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Travelers are encouraged to familiarize themselves
with official health professional travel advice,
guidance and overview of recommended vaccines at the
Institute of Public Health.
No special vaccines are required when traveling to
Eritrea. There is no great risk of outbreaks of
infectious diseases. Malaria occurs to some extent in
the lowlands especially during rainy season. The rate of
HIV/AIDS among the population is moderate compared to
other parts of Africa.
Medical coverage and the general standard of medical
services/hospital services in Eritrea are relatively
low. Many types of treatment are not available in
Eritrea. There is also little or no access to anesthesia
and/or pain medication during periods. Medical
evacuation can be difficult and time-consuming.
All travelers to Eritrea are advised to have travel
insurance with comprehensive coverage in the event of
The mains is 220 volts. Frequent power outages occur.
Area code for the country is +291. Foreign sim cards
cannot be used in Eritrea. It takes a long time and you
have to have a fixed address in Eritrea to get a local
sim card. You cannot send SMS abroad or connect a mobile
phone to the Internet with a local sim card.
Internet cafes are found in the larger cities, but
the internet is extremely slow.
Credit cards cannot be used, except in major banks and
the largest hotel.
Stores are normally open from 10am. 8am to 6pm 22:00
National holidays: The country officially follows the
western calendar. Both Muslim, Orthodox and other
Christian holidays are marked. Other national markings
are the release day of May 24, Martyr's Day on June 20
and 'the beginning of the armed struggle' on September
Time difference from Norway is one hour before
Norwegian summer time, and two hours before Norwegian
Public administration working languages are
English, and Asmara public employees often speak
reasonably good English.