COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   09/2/2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

As of May 25, government offices and businesses may operate provided they comply with social distancing guidelines.  A 10pm curfew remains in place, as do limitations on the size of social gatherings.

After holding steady through April and early May, COVID-19 case numbers began rising in late May.  Note that increasing case numbers may lead to a reimposition of restrictions at any time.  Additionally, some individual offices, businesses or schools may be closed due to COVID safety violations and/or COVID-19 outbreaks.

  • Number of COVID-19 Cases
    • On July 5, the Ministry of Health announced the total number of confirmed cases was 6127 and the total number of deaths was 25.
  • Government/Business/School Operations
    • Schools re-opened on April 5. As of May 25, all other businesses and government offices are open, but masks are required both indoors and outdoors, and capacity limitations and social distancing measures remain in place.
    • Businesses must close by 8pm, and cafes and restaurants must close by 9pm.
    • Some offices, businesses and schools may be closed due to COVID-19 safety violations and/or local outbreaks.
  • Limitation on Size of Gatherings
    • Large gatherings such as weddings and funerals are limited to 40 persons. Small gatherings are limited to 10 persons.
  • Safety Requirements
    • Masks are required in all businesses and offices, as well as indoor and outdoor public areas.
  • Public Transportation
    • Public Transportation has resumed normal service with maximum bus capacity limited to 70 passengers.
  • Country Specific Updates
    • Please see the Eritrean government website (shabait.com) for any updates.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Eritrea? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes, generally within 24 hours
  • PCR tests, which cost $100, are generally taken and evaluated at Asmara’s national health laboratory.  Rapid antigen tests, which cost $30, are performed on all arriving passengers, with results available within 30 minutes.  Antigen test fees may be collected at the airport of initial departure to Eritrea.
  • Tests are available at the airport prior to travel.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Eritrea approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?   No
  • Are vaccines available in Eritrea for U.S. citizens to receive?  No
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government is not able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter the country? Yes
    • Land borders are closed for citizens of every country.
    • Limited commercial air traffic resumed in April.
    • Charter Flights available if approved by the Eritrean Government.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, PCR test within 72 hours of arrival to Eritrea
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes, all arriving passengers must take a rapid Antigen test upon arrival.  
  • Duration of stay extensions are available with Eritrean Government approval.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes—10PM for pedestrians, 9pm for private automobile traffic.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, if not vaccinated.
    • All travelers, including vaccinated travelers, must take a rapid antigen test upon arrival.
    • Non-vaccinated travelers must self-quarantine for 5 days and take a second COVID test before ending quarantine.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Limited commercial flights have resumed.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes, masks are required for all passengers. 

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • There who violate COVID-19 regulations are subject to possible fine and imprisonment.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services appointments are available each Thursday.  Please call +291 120004 between 4pm and 5pm Monday – Thursday or 11:30am to 1:30pm on Friday to schedule in advance.  You may also book your appointment online here.
  • Visa Services are offered weekly on Tuesdays.  Please call +291 120004 between 4pm and 5pm Monday – Thursday or 11:30am to 1:30pm on Friday to schedule in advance.  You may also book your appointment online here.

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