COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09-09-2020

Country-Specific Information:
  • Number of Covid Cases
    • On September 3, the Ministry of Health announced the total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date was 330 of which 295 had recovered and 35 were still active.
  • Government/Business/School Operations
    • Government offices have suspended many routine services, and restrictions are in place throughout the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    • Essential businesses (e.g., grocery stores) are open until 8PM and some non-essential businesses have also been allowed to open.
    • Restaurants, entertainment venues, and religious services remain closed.
    • University and 11th grade students returned to school on July 6, 2020. All other students are to remain at home.
  • Limitation on Size of Gatherings
    • All gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited without a government permit.
  • Mask Requirements
    • Those providing services must wear a mask as well as all those in schools and health facilitates, including students and patients.
  • Public Transportation
    • Public Transportation has stopped services until further notice and most private cars are banned from the road. Urgent travel by car requires a permit.
  • Country Specific Updates
    • Please see the Eritrean government website ( for any updates.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Duration of stay extensions are available with Eritrean government approval
Movement Restrictions:
  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
    • Motorized transportation (both public and private) requires government approval. People are free to travel by foot or by bicycle.
Quarantine Information:
  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Commercial flights have not started and land borders are closed. Those arriving by charter flight with special permission from the Eritrean government, are subject to 14 days of self-quarantine.
COVID-19 Testing:
  • Tests are generally taken at one of the Eritrean government’s 82 testing center and are free-of-charge. All testing samples are sent to Asmara’s Central Lab for evaluation.
Transportation Options:
  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Is public transportation operating? No
    • Taxis and bus transportation are not permitted. Private vehicles require a special permit from the Eritrean government.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
  • There who violate Covid-related regulations are subject to possible fine and imprisonment.
Consular Operations:
  • ACS:
    • Emergency Services: Please call the Consulate’s 24-hour emergency number at +291 120004.  If an emergency can wait until the next business day, please call to schedule an appointment between the hours of 8:00AM to 12:00PM Monday – Friday.  Urgent walk-in appointments are also accepted during these hours.
    • Routine Services: The Consular Section is closed for routine services until further notice. Please email questions to or call +291 120004 between the hours of 8:00AM to 12:00PM Monday – Friday.
  • Visas
    • The consular section is not issuing visas at this time. For visa-related emergencies, please email or call +291 120004 between the hours of 8:00AM to 12:00PM Monday – Friday.
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