COVID-19 Information

Updated 12/29/20

Country-Specific Information:

  • Number of COVID-19 Cases
  • 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.

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

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.

Quarantine Information:

  • 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 one of Eritrea’s designated quarantine hotels, followed by a negative PCR test.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Tests are generally taken at one of the Eritrean government’s testing center and are free-of-charge. All testing samples are sent to Asmara’s Central Lab for evaluation.

Transportation Options:

  • 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-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 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.
  • Visas
    • 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.

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