The following nationals DO NOT require a visa for Eritrea:
Eritrea, Kenya & Uganda
Visitors must hold confirmed return or onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination
Transit visas for Eritrea are required by all except those as noted above and those continuing their journey to a third country by the same aircraft within 6 hours without leaving the airport transit area, provided holding confirmed onward tickets & documentation
Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas.
Recommended immunisations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, TB, Tetanus & Typhoid.
Risks: Malaria exists all year throughout the country below 2,000 metres. There is no risk in Asmara. Rabies.
Eritrea has 3 climate zones- the central plateau, coastal areas & the western low land. The highest temperatures in the central plateau are in May with 25°C. Temperatures can fall as low as freezing at night during Dec. Large temperature differences occur between day & night. There are 2 rainy seasons, the short one is Mar-Apr & the main one between Jun-Sep with fog from Dec-Feb. In the coastal areas June & Aug have the highest temperatures (25°C to 40°C) & even during the colder season temperatures rarely fall below 18°C. The northern coast has a rainy season between Dec-Feb. Rainfall is scarce in the southern coastal strip. In the western low land the hottest season is Apr-Jun with temperatures up to 40°C. Dec is the coldest month (around 12°C) with the rain season similar to the central plateau.
Location of Eritrea: East Africa
Local Time in Eritrea: GMT+3
Capital City of Eritrea: Asmara
Population of Eritrea: 5 million
Language(s) spoken in Eritrea: Tigrigna, Arabic, English, Italian
Dialling Code for Eritrea: 291
Emergency numbers in Eritrea: Police: 127799. Ambulance: 124422
Driving in Eritrea: Driving is on the right. International Driving Permit recommended
Electricity in Eritrea: 110/220V AC
Currency of Eritrea: Nakfa (ERN 1 = 100 Cents)
Notes: ERN: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
Coins: Cents: 1, 5, 10, 25, 50
Opening Hours in Eritrea:
Bank: 0800-1200 & 1400-1800 Mon-Fri, 0800-1200 Sat
Office: 0700-1200 & 1400-1800 Mon-Thur, 0700-1130 & 1400-1800 Fri
Shops: 0830-1300 & 1430-2030
Hints for Eritrea: Visitors should dress modestly. Private informal entertaining is very common. The minimum drinking age is 18 years
Tipping in Eritrea: 10% service charge in hotels & restaurants. Tipping is customary, but amounts are small. Taxi drivers do not expect tips
Import Allowances for Eritrea: For persons of 18 years of age or older:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grammes of tobacco
1 litre of alcoholic beverages
Asmara International (ASM)