Eritrea Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
March 13, 2018

Eritrea - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution


Exercise increased caution in Eritrea due to travel restrictions and limited consular assistance. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:

  • The Eritrean-Ethiopian border due to potential armed conflict.
  • Remote areas or off main roads due to minefields.

Eritrean law enforcement officials routinely block access to foreign nationals in detention. The U.S. Embassy therefore may not receive notification or be allowed access to you if you are detained or arrested.

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.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Eritrea:

  • Use caution when walking and hiking in remote areas or off main roads.
  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location. 
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for Eritrea.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

The Eritrean-Ethiopian Border

Reconsider travel to the Eritrean-Ethiopian border area due to potential armed conflict, and unmarked minefields.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Remote Areas and Areas Off Main Roads Due to Landmines

There are landmines, particularly in Nakfa, AdiKeih, Arezza, the 25 mile-wide region (40 km) between the Setit and Mereb Rivers, and in areas north and west of Keren, areas near Massawa, Ghinda, Agordat, Barentu, Dekemhare, and south of Tessenae.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Asmara
179 Alaa Street
P.O. Box 211
Asmara, Eritrea
+(291) 1-120-004
+(291) 1-120-004
+(291) 1-124-255

Eritrea Map