Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – Eritrea (September 1, 2016)

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea due to the unpredictable security situation along Eritrea’s borders and restrictions imposed by local authorities on travel within the country.  All foreign nationals, including U.S. government employees, must obtain permits to travel outside of the capital Asmara.  This restriction limits the ability of the U.S. Embassy to provide consular/emergency services anywhere outside of Asmara.  This replaces the Travel Warning dated May 6, 2015.

Avoid travel along all border regions.  In June 2016, fighting in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border region reportedly caused several deaths.  Continued political and military tensions between Eritrea and the neighboring countries of Djibouti and Ethiopia pose the threat of possible renewed conflict.  Due to regional sensitivities, the State Department also recommends against travel to the border region with Sudan.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Eritrea Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Eritrea, located on 179 Alaa Street, in Asmara, Eritrea, at + (291) (1) 120-004.  Appointments are available on Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The emergency and after-hours number for U.S. citizens is (291) (1) 120-004.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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