U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Eritrea

Published by December 11, 2012

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U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid traveling to Eritrea and should be aware of the U.S. Embassy’s inability to provide emergency assistance. A number of citizens have been arrested without apparent cause and have been held in unfavorable conditions. The Eritrean government does not inform the U.S. Embassy of arrests, and there are several instances where citizens have not been allowed to leave the country. Military troops have been known to attack groups of tourists along the Eritrean and Ethiopian borders, so travelers should be a
ware of their surroundings at all times.

Placing phone calls in this region can be expensive and Internet service is limited. Travelers are encouraged to list multiple phone numbers and email addresses on their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) enrollment to receive the most up-to-date emergency information. For more information on current travel warnings, visit the U.S. Department of State website here.