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Eritrea is a melting pot of different cultures, giving travelers a glimpse into an incredibly unique life. The country is an beautiful, with clear beaches, towering mountains and vast deserts.
There is also a great amount of biodiversity; elephants, monkeys, leopards, lions, turtles, and birds are found there.
When entering the cities, tourists can admire a diverse mix of modern and colonial architecture. Even the people of Eritrea are known for their friendliness and hospitality. Despite the current political and economic troubles Eritrea is facing, it remains an amazing place for visitors.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Eritrea. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Eritrea: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and influenza.
Proof of Yellow fever vaccination may be required if you enter Eritrea from a country with the virus.
Dengue, malaria and chikungunya are present in Eritrea. Mosquito repellents and netting should be brought with you. Antimalarials are recommended for travelers to the country as well.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
There have been outbreaks of cholera in Eritrea in recent years. Because of these outbreaks, cholera vaccination is recommended for travelers to the country.
Cholera can be avoided by drinking only clean water, avoiding contaminated food or washing hands often. But, vaccination is the best form of protection.
Passport Health clinics carry Vaxchora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Make sure you’re protected before you go.
American travelers visiting Eritrea must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of departure and a visa. Travelers can apply for a tourist visa, which is valid for up to three months in Eritrea, online. Additionally, the government of Eritrea requires all travelers entering from a country with a risk of yellow fever to show proof of yellow fever vaccination
For more information, see our Eritrea visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The climate in Eritrea depends greatly on where in the country you visit.
Exercise caution in the country and avoid the Eritrean-Ethopian border, Southern Red Sea Region, and Eritrea-Djibouti border. There is a large military presence in these areas due to tensions between Eritrean and neighboring countries.
Crime in the country is also increasing, such as burglary and other crimes of opportunity. Travelers should always maintain situational alertness, have evacuation plans ready and travel in groups.
Matara is a small village and archaeological site located in Eritrea. At one point evidence suggests that Matara was a city along a trade route that ran from Aksum to Adulis. Archaeological investigation has revealed evidence from over 1,000 years of habituation. In the village is the Hawulti, an 18-foot-tall obelisk that has the oldest example of Ge’ez script. Those interested in history will love exploring this historic area.
Eritrea is a still developing nation, meaning it is best to bring some items with you on your trip.
When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where the U.S. embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.
U.S. Embassy Asmara
179 Alaa Street
P. O. Box 606 Village Market
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