Eritrea Quick Guide

If you are planning to visit Eritrea, you will find many things that you must not miss. This article contains information on travel tips for visiting Eritrea. If you want to visit the coastal areas and if you have a lot of time, you should consider the following destinations.

Eritrea is a northeast African country bordering the Red Sea. It shares historical borders with Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti; it is also very close to the rest of Africa. Asmara is renowned for its ancient Islamic monuments, such as St. Joseph's Cathedral and an ancient palace built by Emperor Narmer.

The next stop on your travel should be Eritrea's capital Asmara. The city is home to many ancient civilizations, including spectacular Islamic world-class mosques. Tourists visiting Eritrea from the United States should keep in mind that travelers do need an international visa in order to stay in the country. In addition, many people from the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and other European countries may experience difficulty applying for an immigrant visa due to the fact that their names do not match those of legitimate applicants from Eritrea. Fortunately, many countries offer consular assistance and help with applications.

The third destination is Eritrea's capital city of Asmara. This ancient city is famous for being the oldest continuously operating city in Africa. Famous for the "Borders" which mark the front of the city, many people traveling to Eritrea from the United Kingdom, Germany, or other European countries may experience difficulties when traveling through the checkpoint. There are many different immigration services in Asmara that can assist tourists who need help with applying for a visa. The Eritrean ambassador to the UN can also be reached for immediate assistance if your trip has been forced by a checkpoint. The embassy can also provide help with visas, travel and immunizations.

The fourth stop on your trip to Eritrea should be its capital of Asmara. Once there, you should consider visiting the ancient capital city of Asmara called Asmara Old Town. Within the city, you will find a number of historical buildings and monasteries. One of the most popular destinations is the "Kashir Square," which is an open-air museum that features a number of Eritrean cultural exhibits, including paintings and sculptures. For many visitors, the "Kashir Square" serves as a quick bullet list of places to see while visiting Eritrea.

The final few stops in your journey to Eritrea should be two major Eritrean cities, Mombasa and Assabira. Mombasa is the capital of Eritrea and one of the fastest growing towns. It is a large city filled with modern luxury resorts and shopping centers as well as historical landmarks. Its central area is home to many hotels and restaurants. One popular destination is the "Zaer Forest," which is a nature reserve that provides tourists with a rare look at some of the endangered species of forest in the area.

The fifth and final stop on your tour to Eritrea should be its largest town of Asmara. Asmara is an important agricultural and trading hub in the world. This area also provides a convenient location for those wishing to visit both Europe and Africa. On your quick bullet list of places to visit in Eritrea, include Asmara on the itinerary due to its cultural significance as well as its proximity to popular tourist destinations in Europe.

After completing this brief guide to touring Eritrea, you will need to apply for your visa. You can either apply for your visa at the Eritrea embassy or from their consulate in Addis Ababa, Italy. There are specific procedures for applying for your visa online. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully to ensure your visa application is approved. If you are unable to submit your visa online, the embassy may be able to assist you with the submission of your visa. Once you have received your visa, you will be able to begin enjoying your time abroad.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Eritrea are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Eritrea is from january until december, when you will have a pleasant or warm temperature and limited till mediocre rainfall. The highest average temperature in Eritrea is 31°C in june and the lowest is 23°C in december.

Do I need a Visa?

Eritrea tourist visa is required for citizens of United Kingdom. All applicants must apply in person at the nearest Embassy of Eritrea.

See which forms you may need for entry into Eritrea.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Eritrea is the Eritrean Nakfa (ERN). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Eritrea you can grab amazing Eritrean Nakfa deals via (GBP to ERN).

What about the wildlife?

Baboons, gazelles and ostriches are blossoming and the almost extinct greater kudu, is now stable. The elephant has now returned and makes eritrea look even more beautiful.

What is the traditional food?

Tigrinya food? Zigni is considered to be the national dish of Eritrea although it also popular in Ethiopia where it is called kai wat

What Languages are spoken?

The languages spoken in Eritrea are Tigrinya, Tigre, and Dahlik (formerly considered a dialect of Tigre). Together, they are spoken by around 70% of local residents: Tigrinya, spoken as a first language by the Tigrinya people. You can learn some basic Tigrinya before you travel to Eritrea and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Eritrea is the Eritrean Nakfa (Tipping up to 10% of the bill is appreciated but not always expected in restaurants, and sometimes this will be included as a service charge.).

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  • Ambulance: 114
  • Fire: 116
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Time Difference

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