How to travel to Eritrea in 2023: Tips + Itinerary

By Joan Torres 22 Comments Last updated on April 24, 2023


Update 2022 – Eritrea has finally reopened its borders

Popularly known as the North Korea of Africa for being the most repressive and hermetic country on the continent, Eritrea is a real off the beaten track, undiscovered gem which not many people know about.

Paradoxically, this is a surprisingly chilled-out and tourist-friendly destination, filled with kind-hearted people, huge diversity, and loads of unique things to do.

Only being independent since 1991, after a 30-war against Ethiopia, traveling to Eritrea is the ultimate offbeat experience in Africa.

This guide contains everything you need to know about doing tourism in Eritrea, including visas, permits, tips and a 9-day itinerary.

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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2022: Eritrea just opened its borders after being closed since March 2020, as recent travel reports suggest.

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Introduction: what’s tourism in Eritrea like

Eritrea is a tiny nation sitting on the shore of the Red Sea, nestled between Sudan, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.

When I was traveling in Ethiopia, many travelers asked me what traveling in Eritrea was like, and I always told them:

Eritrea is sort of an extension of Ethiopia, very similar, but extremely different at the same time.

The dominant group in Eritrea are the Tigrayans, a group of people who share the exact same culture as Ethiopians from Tigray region, in the north of the country, one of the most touristic regions in Ethiopia.

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Tigrayan women in Eritrea. If they told you these women were from Ethiopia, you would believe it

However, in Eritrea, you also find many different ethnic groups and what makes doing tourism in Eritrea unique unlike Ethiopia is that this used to be an Italian colony just like Libya, from 1890 until 1943.

And, since this colonization is so recent, plus the Italians created the country pretty much from scratch, the Italian influence is very present, and visible, especially in Asmara, which was entirely built by the Italians, a capital filled with art deco buildings, palm-lined streets, and lovely cafés whose terraces are packed with Eritreans slurping delicious macchiatos.

Unlike most capitals in Africa, Asmara has a sophisticated African style and is a reason in itself to visit Eritrea.

However, once you leave the capital, you’ll find yourself in one of the most traditional countries on Earth, like if you traveled back in time.

Old School Fiat in the center of Asmara. When you travel in Eritrea, you see more of these cars than in Italy itself

How to get a visa for traveling to Eritrea

Getting a valid tourist visa for visiting Eritrea can take time and money but it is easier than most people assume it will be.

Getting an Eritrean tourist visa via embassy

This is the cheapest way but be aware that it can take a lot of time, usually more than 1 month; plus there are only a small number of Eritrean embassies around the world, typically in those countries where there is a significant Eritrean population, including France, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

If your home country doesn’t have an Eritrean embassy, it is also possible to mail both your passport and application form to the nearest one but, personally, I don’t like this option because you never know how long you are going to be without your passport.

In any case, according to all travelers I talked to, most applications get approved sooner or later and the average visa price is around 70€ (1-month visa), but this could vary slightly, depending on the embassy or your nationality.

Contact your nearest embassy to find out all the specific requirements & instructions.

Your experiences and reports are welcome.

Getting a tourist visa on arrival (via a travel agency)

Note: you are only eligible to get a VOA if there isn’t an embassy in your home country. Since there is no Eritrean embassy in my home country, Spain, I went for this option.

Getting a tourist visa on arrival for Eritrea might seem the most convenient option and, logistically, it really is but it can get very expensive because you can only arrange it through a travel agency.

Travel agencies will either charge you an administrative fee or make you book a full tour, but they can process your visa document in 1 week.

In my case, the agency charged me 250USD for processing my visa and 70USD for a minimal tour, which included airport pick up and drop off, plus 1 night in a relatively good hotel, so 320USD in total.

These were only agency fees but, then, you have to purchase your visa at the airport, which costs an additional 70USD (valid for 1 month).

I think they only accept USD – I am not entirely sure – and, if needed, they give you the change in USD as well.

Processing your visa at the airport is relatively quick. In my case, it didn’t take more than 45 minutes. Weirdly, the people who stamp your passport are young women who are barely 20 years old.

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My Eritrean visa

Permits for traveling around Eritrea. Is independent travel allowed?

Eritrea is known as the North Korea of Africa for a few reasons, one of them being that most of the country is heavily restricted and off-limits to tourists.

Nevertheless, things have greatly improved recently and I would say that you are allowed to travel independently to 20% of the country’s territory.

In order to visit any place outside of the capital, however, you need to get a specific permit, one for each different place you visit.

Most permits can be obtained at the Ministry of Tourism’s office, a small office located right in the city center, just in front of the big Roman Catholic Church.

Each permit costs 50 nakfas – a bit more than 3USD and takes a couple of hours to process.

This means that, if you apply in the morning, you can pick it up in the afternoon and, if you apply in the afternoon, you can pick it up the next day.

Remember that the office is closed on Sunday.

When applying for your different permits, you need to specify the exact dates you are going to spend in each place, so you really need to plan your day-by-day itinerary.

This sucks because it means that there is no room for improvising.

To be honest, the police never asked me for the permit, but all hotels did and, if the day you arrive doesn’t match the specified date in the permit, they won’t host you.

What happens if you travel without a permit?

I did visit one town (Foro) in which a special permit was required but I didn’t have one.

There was a checkpoint right at the town’s entrance but the bus didn’t stop and, since it was market day, the village was packed with people from all over the region, so I went unnoticed by the authorities. I went there on a day trip from Massawa.

During my trip, I met one Italian who also tried to sneak into a forbidden area but he got caught by the authorities, who held him at the checkpoint for a few hours before letting him go. No big deal, he said.

What happens with the remaining 80%?
When you travel in Eritrea, it doesn’t look like you are traveling in one of the most repressive states in the world: you barely see any police, you don’t see more poverty than in other African nations, the atmosphere is so chilled and you never feel any sort of tension. However, remember that, as a traveler, you can only see 20% of the country so, during my trip, I could never stop wondering: what is really going on in that unknown part of Eritrea? In any case, I am pretty sure there is a lot of undercover police, plus the numbers speak for themselves, as there are millions of Eritrean refugees living in different parts of the world.

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The Old City of Massawa is particularly beautiful, but you need to a permit to visit it

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Best time to visit Eritrea

Do you know what slogan the Ministry of Tourism uses to promote tourism in Eritrea?

Eritrea, 3 seasons in 2 hours.

Sitting at an elevation of 2,235 meters above sea level, Asmara might be one of the highest capitals in the world, a city which enjoys relatively cool weather all year round and, by only driving a few hours, you can get to the green rolling hills around Ginda, the humid and utterly hot shores of the Red Sea or the desert plains near the Afar region.

Therefore, you can visit Eritrea all year long, except for the Red Sea, which has similar summer temperatures to Saudi Arabia.

Asmara’s weather is kind of cool all year round, so you can visit it at any time

How to get to Eritrea

Eritrea shares a border with Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti but, as of today, all borders are closed, at least to foreigners.

After Eritrea and Ethiopia signed the Peace Agreement in 2018, they agreed to open the border after decades of being shut down but, unfortunately, Eritrea decided to close it again after a few months, as many of the Eritreans who crossed into Ethiopia never came back in an attempt to seek freedom.

Therefore, the only way to travel to Eritrea is by flying in.

I personally came from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, but you can also fly in from Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines), Cairo (Egypt Air) or Dubai (FlyDubai).

Best books for backpacking in Eritrea

Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s most repressive state, by Martin Plaut

Amazing book written by a BBC journalist, which helped me to understand the complexity of Eritrea, as well as its relationship with Ethiopia, a key factor in the evolution of the country.

Eritrea travel guide by Bradt

The last edition is from 2007 (the one I have) but the good news is that Bradt is releasing a new one in December 2020. Bradt specializes in offbeat destinations and has the most insightful guidebooks about destinations in Africa. I love Bradt.


Buying a Kindle has been one of my best recent acquisitions.

Eritrea: the people and culture

Despite its small size – only 6 million people – Eritrea is a complex society, ethnically speaking.

Ethiopia is also home to several ethnic groups, especially in the Omo area. Read my Omo Valley travel guide

As I said in the introduction, Tigrayans are the dominant group but Eritrea is composed of 8 more different ethnicities: Tigre, Rashaida, Afar, Saho, Bilen, Beja, Kunama and Nara.

If you visit Keren, you will meet the Tigre, nomadic Muslims.

If you go to Foro or any place south of Massawa, you are likely to meet Saho people, whose women dress up in some very colorful attire. In Foro, I also got to see many Afar people.

Here you can read more about ethnic groups in Eritrea.

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Keren Market, Tigre people, one of the best shots I took during my trip to Eritrea

From a traveling perspective, Eritreans are kind and pleasant people to deal with.

Scams are rare and expect many Eritreans to approach you to ask your opinion about Eritrean culture, or what have you learnt about their culture. In Asmara, they would asked me this question several times a day.

Other than that, most locals talking to you just want to have a small chat because they are curious, not because they want to get something from you, unlike in neighboring Ethiopia.

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In Foro, I think these women are Saho

Language in Eritrea

All the languages spoken by the different ethnicities are considered official but Tigrinya – and also Arabic – is the governmental language and the most commonly used among all Eritreans.

Tigrinya is a Semitic language that comes from Ge’ez and is the official language in Tigray region, northern Ethiopia.

It also has many similarities to Amharic, the official language in Ethiopia.

Do Eritreans speak English?

Surprisingly, you always meet someone who speaks decent English, especially in Asmara.

I also met many people speaking Italian, usually Eritreans above 60 or 70 years old.

To be very honest, language shouldn’t be a barrier when backpacking in Eritrea.


Religion is a big deal in Eritrea and, according to official sources, Christianity is practiced by 60% of the population, whereas Islam is by 40%.

Most Christians are Orthodox – but there are Catholics too – from the same Orthodox branch as Ethiopians.

In most cases, religion is based on ethnicity, which means that it is very regional, the northern part close to Sudan being very Muslim, while the area close to Ethiopia being very Christian.

Churches are always packed and I recommend you attend the Sunday service that takes place early in the morning, around 6am, in which the locals sing some very peculiar canticles.

Are you traveling around the Horn of Africa? Check my Somaliland travel guide

The most important Orthodox Church in Asmara

Is it safe to travel to Eritrea?

Is Eritrea safe? Well, it is said that Eritrea is one of the safest countries in Africa.

For real.

I have been walking in the center of Asmara at 3am, with many people hanging out outside of the different bars and nobody bothered me.

In Eritrea, you bump into the occasional intense and slightly aggressive beggar, but more often than not, if noticed by a local, they will approach and tell him to get the hell out.

Crime in Eritrea is pretty rare, everybody says so, and I never heard of any foreigner saying otherwise.

For whatever reason, Eritrea is not like other African countries.

Moreover, according to the FCO advice, all Eritrea is safe to go except for the area within 25km of Eritrea’s land borders but that’s because of past conflicts, nothing to worry about today and, in any case, as a tourist, you can’t even go there.

Taking photos of local people

Like in any traditional country, the streets of Eritrea are filled with great picture opportunities.

In my experience, in Christian areas, people were mostly OK with you taking photos, and I only had a few issues in very traditional Muslim areas, even when taking photos from far away, especially if there were women in the frame. 

As a responsible traveler and, like you would do in any other country, ask for permission first.

Talking about local politics in Eritrea

Honestly, the only potential danger you might face when visiting Eritrea is talking about politics.

You should never say anything negative about the Government to people you don’t know or trust, since that’s enough reason to be put away for a while.

I only talked deeply about politics with one Eritrean and every time I asked him a question, he would look around and whisper his answer in my ear.

I had never seen anything like that before. Crazy.

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The tank graveyard in Asmara, one of the most popular attractions to visit in Eritrea. All the military arsenal the Ethiopian army left behind during the Ethiopian-Eritrean war

Food & drink in Eritrea

The local traditional food in Eritrea is pretty much the same as in Ethiopia, no big difference, other than a slight change in their names and spices.

Injera, the teff-based flat, sour, fermented bread is the base of any local meal.

Some local dishes you must try are:

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Tibsi, friend lamb in tomato sauce, with injera

The biggest difference from Ethiopia is that in Eritrea, because of the Italian influence, you find a lot of Italian food and in some restaurants, it is great, with pasta al dente and delicacies such as caprito al forno (lamb in the oven) or parmigiana.

If you are vegetarian, you need to say you want nait-som (pronounced like night-some), which literally means fasting-food. Christian Orthodox Eritreans fast twice a week at least, days on which they can only eat vegan, so that’s why most restaurants will always serve vegetarian dishes. The traditional fasting dish usually consists of lentils and other stews with injera.

Alcohol in Eritrea

Beer is widely available in Eritrea, including in Muslim towns, but they only produce one brand: Asmara Beer. It never costs more than 15-25 nakfas (1-1.50USD)

What is funny about Asmara beer is that it always tastes different.

Sometimes it comes so light and watery, while on other occasions it is like one of those unfiltered, thick beers. Weird.

In bars and more exclusive restaurants, you can find a wide variety of wines and spirits but because they are all imported, they are very pricey.

Coffee in Eritrea is a big deal
If you like good coffee, you are going to love to travel to Eritrea. Their coffee is mostly imported from Ethiopia but they prepare it in Italian style and in the endless cafés around Asmara macchiato is the way to go. To be very honest, what they serve isn’t real Italian macchiato, but more like a Spanish cortado, but they do it very well, with thick foam and great presentation. If you like it strong, you need to order a black macchiato. Otherwise, they put too much milk in, in my opinion.

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Best time of the day 🙂

Internet and connectivity in Eritrea

This is a pretty important section.

Fact: in Eritrea, there is no internet.

Well, this isn’t entirely true but mobile internet doesn’t exist, really.

The only places where you can connect to the internet are in cyber cafés and specific hotels, in which you need to buy a voucher that costs around 1USD and can be used for 1 hour.

However, the internet is absolutely awful and all you can do is send WhatsApps, text emails or simple browsing.

In addition, you can’t use it unless you connect to a VPN.

This means that, before traveling to Eritrea, you must download all the information needed for traveling, plus all your music, Netflix movies, etc.

Some travelers told me that the internet situation is similar to the one in Cuba but the little internet you get is even slower.

On the bright side, in the different cafés, restaurants, and buses, you never see anybody checking their phones but people are just talking like we used to do some years ago.

You get used to it surprisingly fast.

Get a VPN for traveling in Eritrea

You should always use a VPN when you travel, especially when you connect to public Wi-Fi networks.

Your connection will be much safer. 

Moreover, keep in mind that the only way to connect to the internet in Eritrea is with a VPN.

I recommend ExpressVPN – Extremely easy to use, fast and cheap. 

If you want to learn more about VPN, check: Why you need a VPN for traveling.

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Cinema Impero, one of the best buildings I saw when I visited Eritrea

Money in Eritrea $

In Eritrea, they use the Eritrean Nakfa (ERN) and approximately:

1 USD = 15 ERN

A few years ago, there used to be a black market in which you could exchange 1USD for 55ERN.

Things, however, have changed and this black market has been eradicated so, today, you can only change in some Governmental offices named Himbol. Both USD and € are accepted.

You can still exchange on the black market if you know the right people but it is extremely illegal and the maximum rate you will get is 18ERN for 1USD.

Important! Bring enough cash for the whole trip because international cards can’t be used!

How much does it cost to travel in Eritrea?

Overall, Eritrea is cheap but, in a country in which most people earn less than 50USD, this is a very expensive country, much more than traveling in Ethiopia.

These are the costs of the most typical things:

The price of water in Eritrea
On my first day, I went to a local grocery shop to buy some water. They only had a 1L size and when attempting to pay, he said: 20 nakfas, almost 1.50USD. I really thought he was ripping me off, so I left the bottle and left. Then, I went to a nearby shop where prices were written, only to find out that a 1L bottle there cost 25 nakfas, almost 2USD. What the hell? I talked about this to a random local I met in a café and he said that, yes, water in Eritrea is crazy-expensive and the reason is that there used to be a local company that processed mineral water but the Government shut it down without giving any explanation, so now they have to import it from Ethiopia, and this is a huge issue because most people can’t afford it and tap water isn’t drinkable.

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Eritrean notes are pretty cool

Accommodation in Eritrea

Eritrea is relatively well-sorted for hotels.

The problem with accommodation is that sometimes it can be very overpriced, but you can find some good options.

Hotels in Asmara

Asmara has, obviously, the best offer of hotels, from 4USD-filthy rooms to top-end.

Hotels in Keren

Hotels in Massawa

Transportation: How to travel around Eritrea

As long as you have the necessary permits, you can move around Eritrea independently by public transportation.

Traveling around Eritrea by bus

Bus is pretty much the only way to travel between Eritrean towns and cities. There are both minivans and big public buses. I recommend you go early in the morning, otherwise, you may find very long queues and have to wait there forever and, occasionally, pushing hard and getting a bit aggressive is the only way to find a seat.

Traveling around Eritrea by train

The beautiful steam train that used to run from Asmara to Eritrea doesn’t work anymore and today, the only functional section is the one that runs from Asmara to Nefasit and it only works for the occasional tourists who book the whole train in advance. Someone told me that, if you were a group of 15, you would pay around 50USD per person. 

Renting a car in Eritrea

In Asmara, I saw more than one rental car office but I am not sure to what extent you can just drive around by yourself. You will need to figure it out by yourself.

I never rode one of these buses but it would have been nice!

Things to do in Eritrea in a 9-day itinerary

You could squeeze this Eritrean itinerary into one week and, probably, I could have visited one or two additional places but I don’t like to rush and, in any case, I was already pretty satisfied with what I managed to visit 🙂

Map of the places to visit in Eritrea

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Things to do in Eritrea

Day 1, 2, 3 – Arrival and visit Asmara

In my experience, Asmara was the highlight of my trip to Eritrea, without a doubt.

Unlike many other African capitals, this is such a peaceful city. Can you imagine an African city in which all cars would let you pass when you cross the street?

The best thing you can do in Asmara is hanging out in the different cafés over a macchiato, searching for good Italian food and checking out the several art deco buildings found across the city.

For more information about Asmara, read: Things to do in Asmara

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Fiat Tagliero building in Asmara, one of the most popular places to visit in Eritrea

Day 4, 5 – Keren

Predominantly a Muslim city, Keren, the capital of Anseba region, has a sort of Middle Eastern feel, or Sudanese perhaps, but what is obvious is that it is a completely different world from Asmara.

Keren is a super traditional city, in which you are likely to find more donkeys and camels than cars.

The best day to visit Keren is during the animal market (Monday, from 7am to 3pm), a lively market in which Eritreans from all over the Anseba region come to buy and sell livestock, from camels to massive bulls.

Other than that, besides an Italian & British cemetery with soldiers from WWII and a few mosques and churches, there isn’t much to do but the highlight of Keren is the traditional life itself.

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Camel caravan in Keren, on animal market day. The animal market of Keren is one of the best things to see in Eritrea

Day 6 – Journey from Keren to Massawa

The journey from Keren to Massawa is a long one (8 hours at least) and if you have time, I recommend you break the journey in Asmara, especially because there are a few places between Asmara and Massawa which are worth checking out.

Whatever you decide, you will need to stop in Asmara because there is no direct bus from Keren to Massawa.

The first big town you find is Nefasit, from where you can hike up to Debre Bizen, a Christian Monastery from where you get stunning views – I missed this place, unfortunately.

But the town I did visit and I recommend you to stop is in Ginda, a beautiful, photogenic green town surrounded by lush green mountains

Day 7 – Massawa

Massawa was one of the cities most affected by the war and here is where you realize the problems the country is going through, as it’s been decades since the end of the war and most buildings are still in ruins.

Ruled by the Ottomans and then the Egyptians, Massawa has a very different from vibe from anywhere else you have been to in Eritrea, not only in the architecture but also in the atmosphere, as the humid and utterly hot weather of this area has made life terribly slow and relaxed.

Things to see in Massawa

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Former Italian bank, today destroyed

Day 8 – Day trip to Foro

Foro is a small town located 50km south of Massawa and pretty much the gateway to the inhospitable and infamous Afar region and the Danakil Depression.

The main reason to come to Foro is for the ruins of Adulis, the most important ancient port of the Axumite Empire, an ancient civilization that ruled in Eritrea and northern Ethiopia for 800 years, from 1st to the 10th century.

The ruins are a couple of km from Foro but guess what.

I didn’t visit the ruins.

I didn’t visit them for the simple reason that it was market day (Thursday) and people from all over the region attend that market, including many Afar & Soho, so I preferred to enjoy that unique, super offbeat place.

In any case, I am not a big fan of visiting ruins and, apparently, the site is very much in ruins, so unless you know the history, you would need a lot of imagination to enjoy the place.

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In Foro, Eritrea

Extend your Eritrea itinerary

If I had more days to visit Eritrea, I would have visited the following places:

Dahlak Islands –Dreamy islands just in front of Massawa. However, getting to these islands is very expensive, plus you need to get the permit at the National Museum of Asmara. Ask the tourism office for more information.

Mendefera – Traditional Tigrinya city in the south of the country.

Qohaito – Some very important ruins and a stunning canyon.

How did you find this comprehensive travel guide to Eritrea? Got any comments or suggestions? Post them in the comments section 🙂

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Mendefera – Traditional Tigrinya city in the south of the country.
Qohaito – Some very important ruins and a stunning canyon.

Hi Joan – great itinerary / travel information. Please can you confirm that the areas above are part of the 20% of Eritrea accessible to tourists? I’m guessing that as based in UK I will need to deal with the unpredictabilities of the Eritrean Embassy?!

Hey Andy! Yes, you can get a permit to those places, no problem.
And yes, you can contact the embassy when the right time to travel comes, and reports are welcome 🙂


You said that between Asmara and Massawa, you can stop twice, at Debre Bizen and Ginda.

Is that all on the one bus ticket, where you can get off / on? Or, do you have to get a new ticket for every time you decide to break the journey? And, of course, how regular are the buses?

As a diver, Dahlak interests me, so I’ll research that myself.


Hey Roger!

You need to buy separate tickets, they just cost a few $, it’s very cheap. When using private mini-vans however, I remember that everyone in the bus went to Massawa, so I think you’d have to pay for the whole ride and then either get off in Nefasit (for Debre Dizen) or Ginda. In any case, as i said, it’s very cheap.

As per how regular the buses are, there run all day long, not sure how many a day though.

What a great and such a detailed description. I’ve only started to learn about this interesting and well worth visiting country. Thanks!

Hi. Yes. Asmara is beautiful. I visited Eritrea earlier this year and took the bus to Keren and a taxi to Filfil mountains. Before Keren there was a police control. They wanted to see my travel permit and asked for a copy . I had no copy. My advice is: take copies of your travel permit before leaving Asmara. Later I was in Filfil. And police control again.
Tage Hansen, Bornholm , Denmark

Hi Joan,
Thanks for the detail information about Eritrea. I plan to visit there next year when Covid is over (if it will be), and I wonder if you went there by a guided tour or just visited on your own? I have thought of booking a tour, but it is expensive and I really do not want to be restricted, so I consider to travel on my own and obtain permit to Karen, but does that will affect my chance of getting a visa? Thanks for the help.

Guys am Eritrean its really nice to see tourists appreciating my country . If you wanna know about politics in Eritrea know this first and respect it. Eritreans fought against ottoman empire , Egyptians , Italians & Ethiopians Jesus we even fought against UN as the united nations punish Eritrea by forcing Eritrean federation with Ethiopians 15 September 1952 after ww2 . So Eritreans they know war and the damage of it that is why every where you go in Eritrea you see Muslim christian and 9 tribe they live peacefully like 1 big family unlike any other African countries and very proud people an easy going and welcoming people . Do you Eritrea is the only country in Africa that doesn’t accept foreign aid or have no dept in world bank ? Eritreans play with them enjoy with them they are the most loving a carrying people you ever seen and they will love you but make no mistake do not insult or mock their land they are not going to like it . other than that enjoy pure untouched red sea clean water and beach and have a beautiful trip . oh yeah one more thing ” visit our beautiful islands ” God bless

Can you give more information about tourist agencies who helping for VOA. I’m from Bulgaria and here no Eritrea Embassy . I think that Visa on arrival is the best way for that I ask to give a contact to this agencies. Thank you so much.

Hi Yosif i don’t think there is an embasy in Bulgaria and am sure there will be no visa on arrival so my best advice to you is do not travel with out valied visa . you can send or travel to your nearest country that have Eritrean embassy.

Hi Joan
Was the flight from Asmara to Djibouti extremely expensive? Not sure if I am looking in the right place(s) but I am seeing £350-£400… Ethiopian Airlines taking 5 1/2 hours via Addis Adaba-

Can anyone tell me if Eritrea is open to tourists. I plan on going back for a holiday and see friends in Asmara.
I’m not getting any feedback from the Eritrean consulate in Australia on any information.

Hello. Could you please recommend a company that I can get an Eritrean visa through? Many thanks 🙂

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