Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Asmara (March 30, 2020)

Location:  Eritrea

Event: The Eritrean Ministry of Health has confirmed fifteen cases of COVID-19.

On March 30, the Eritrean Ministry of Health released a new Public Announcement regarding COVID-19 in Eritrea.  The language of this announcement is available on the Eritrean government website Ministry of Health: Public Announcement No.6.

The government of Eritrea has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Schools universities, bars, cafés and “other service outlets that cater to sizeable clients” are closed until further notice.  Sporting events, festivals, and gatherings larger than 10 people have been banned.  Public transportation has stopped services until further notice.  Essential services, including banks, pharmacies, and grocery stores are exempted.  The government has announced it will impose “punitive measures” against citizens and institutions that violate these guidelines.  Visit the Eritrean government website ( for updated information.

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 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
  • Gender
  • 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.

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.

 Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.


  • U.S. Embassy Asmara, Eritrea

179 Alaa Street
Asmara, Eritrea
+291 1 120004

  • State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444