Summary

The FCO advise against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia. Tensions between Eritrea and Ethiopia are high. There were serious military clashes across the Eritrean border in March and May 2012. See Local travel.

The FCO advise against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Djibouti. See Local travel.

The FCO advise against all travel to Eritrea’s border with Sudan, including the town of Tesseney and areas north and west of Nakh’fa, Ak’ordat and Barentu. See Local travel.

All foreign nationals must apply in advance for a travel permit to leave Asmara. This includes diplomats, whose applications are often refused. The British Embassy is unlikely to be able to provide consular support outside the capital. See Travel permits and Consular assistance

The Eritrean authorities consider all British nationals holding either Eritrean or PFDJ identity documents (including out of date documents) as Eritrean nationals. The British Embassy is unable to offer consular assistance to dual nationals in Eritrea. See Dual nationals.

Twenty-eight British nationals needed consular assistance in Eritrea in 2013. 

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

All British nationals travelling to Eritrea should register with the British Embassy in Asmara on arrival.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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