Local laws and customs

Photographing government buildings and military installations is not allowed. If in doubt, ask first. You need a permit to take photographs of the ‘tank graveyard’ in Asmara. You can apply for one at the Ministry of Tourism.

Dress modestly, especially in lowland and predominantly Muslim areas. Shorts and T-shirts are likely to draw attention.

Homosexual behaviour is illegal, although the penalties are unclear. Be discreet. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.