The Eritrean Ministry of Health has six confirmed cases of COVID-19. Eritrean authorities have taken several steps to limit the spread of the disease within Eritrea. The airport is closed to commercial passenger flights until at least April 8. On March 27, the government closed schools and public transportation. Sporting events, festivals, and gatherings larger than 10 people have been banned. Visit the Eritrean government website (shabait.com) for updated information.
If you are a U.S. citizen in Eritrea, please enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.
U.S. government personnel are implementing telework and social distancing practices.
Registering Interest in Future Flight
The Government of Eritrea announced the closure of Asmara International Airport effective at 12:00 a.m. March 26. Land borders are also closed.
If you want to return to the United States but you are unable to book a flight, please register your interest by emailing ConsularAsmara@state.gov using the subject line: “Repatriation Interest.” In your email please provide the following for each traveler:
- Full name
- U.S. passport number
- Date of birth
- Email Address
- Phone number
- A photograph of the biographical information page of your passport
Only send an email with this information if you are interested in immediately departing for the United States. There is no need to call the Embassy to confirm receipt of your email. We will use the contact information you provide to communicate about any possible additional commercial flight(s) soon. If you have questions or concerns about other matters, please contact our email address.