COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   4/14/2021

***  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
  • Number of COVID-19 Cases
    • On April 12, the Ministry of Health announced the total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date was 3,466, of which 3,196 have recovered and ten have died.
  • Government/Business/School Operations
    • Some government offices have closed or 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.
    • Restaurants, entertainment venues, and religious services remain closed.
    • Schools have reopened.
  • Limitation on Size of Gatherings
    • All gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited without a government permit.
  • Safety Requirements
    • Those providing services, as well as all those in schools and health facilities, including students and patients, must practice social distancing and wear a mask.
  • Public Transportation
    • Public Transportation is on reduced service, and private cars are banned from the road without a permit.
  • 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
  • Tests, which cost $100, are generally taken and evaluated at Asmara’s national health laboratory.
  • Test results 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.
    • Commercial air traffic is scheduled to resume on April 22.
    • 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.  
  • 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) and all movements (e.g., walking and biking) require government approval. Exceptions exist for those who have received government permission to conduct essential services.
    • Limited public intercity transportation has restarted.
Quarantine Information 
  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All travelers are subject to 7 days of quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel, followed by a negative PCR test.
    • Hotel rooms reportedly cost between 250 and 400 nakfa a night.  Meals cost between 40 and 135 nakfa.
Transportation Options
  • Are commercial flights operating?  Commercial flights will resume on April 22.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Limited bus routes have resumed. 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 is open Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 9:00 to 12:00. Please call +291 120004 in advance to schedule an appointment.
  • Visa Services are offered by appointment. Please call +291 120004 to schedule. 
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