*** 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 U.S. 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.
- Number of COVID-19 Cases
- On March 6, the Ministry of Health announced the total number of confirmed cases in the country to-date was 2944, 2436 of which have recovered while the number of deaths is seven
- On December 22, the Eritrea’s High Level Task Force on COVID-19 reissued standing Guidelines first announced in April.
- On December 26, the Eritrean government provided clarification on the December 22 guidelines.
- Government/Business/School Operations
- 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.
- University and SAWA students can attend training and classes. 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.
- 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 has stopped services until further notice 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.
- Tests, which cost $100, are generally taken and evaluated at Asmara’s national health laboratory.
- 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, results are generally available within 24 hours.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Eritrea approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens are encouraged to follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter the country? Yes
- Land borders are closed for citizens of every country and there are no commercial passenger flights into Eritrea.
- 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
- 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.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Commercial passenger flights were stopped in March 2020 and have not resumed, and land borders are closed. Those arriving by charter flight with special permission from the Eritrean government, 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.
- Are commercial passenger 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-19 regulations are subject to possible fine and imprisonment.
- 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 9:00AM to 12:00PM on Tuesday or Thursday. 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 ConsularAsmara@state.gov or call +291 120004 between the hours of 8:00AM to 12:00PM Monday – Friday.
- The consular section is not issuing visas at this time. For visa-related emergencies, please email ConsularAsmara@state.gov or call +291 120004 between the hours of 8:00AM to 12:00PM Monday – Friday.
- See https://shabait.com/ for latest Eritrean government announcements